Upon arrival to Jakarta, the DSPP students undertook two weeks of Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya Catholic University along with a series of development seminars presented by professionals with an intimate knowledge of development issues in Indonesia.
Some key highlights of the seminar series were field visits to organisations working on the frontline of development in Indonesia. Students visited SD Menteng, a primary school in Bogor, and had the opportunity to learn about Warung Anak Sehat (WAS). The program empowers schools and school warungs to provide healthy snacks for students, and is operated by CARE in 70 schools in the Bogor area. During the visit, DSPP students played some ‘healthy food’ games with the primary school students, and later had a Q&A session with CARE, the school’s warung manager, dedicated healthcare staff, and teachers and parents to discuss how nutrition is linked to community development.
Students also visited Kampung Tongkol, a river community in Jakarta. During this visit, DSPP students learned how Kampung Tongkol adopted a more eco-friendly way of living, including by rebuilding their homes, and cleaning up the river. For a bit of fun, DSPP students tried crossing the Ciliwung River by a traditional boat.
ACICIS would like to extend congratulations to all students who participated in the DSPP this year for undertaking a challenging and exciting opportunity to gain professional experience in Indonesia’s growing development sector.