Each year, on 28 October, Indonesia celebrates ‘The Youth Pledge Day’, or in Bahasa Indonesia, ‘Hari Sumpah Pemuda’. This date marks the day back in 1928, when a group of young Indonesian nationalists declared the “Sumpah Pemuda” for the first time. They proclaimed three ideas that went on to underwrite the establishment of the Indonesian republic: one motherland, one nation and one language.

Emphasising the “one language” part of the pledge, the young nationalists declared “We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, uphold the language of unity, Bahasa Indonesia.” Because of this pivotal historical event, in Indonesia, October is often referred to as “Bulan Bahasa” or “Language Month”. During this month, campaigns, competitions and activities are often held to express the love for—and appreciation of—the nation-building role that Bahasa Indonesia has played in uniting Indonesia’s 270 million people into a single country.

This year (2023), ACICIS is challenging YOU to share your favourite word(s)/phrase(s) in Bahasa Indonesia through the “Bahasa Sesh Challenge”.

Participating in this challenge will be a great opportunity to win one free ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course session in Central Java, valued at over $3,000 AUD! Additionally, all submissions will be considered as a collective effort to learn Bahasa Indonesia, for everyone, in an exciting yet modern way.

The challenge will be open from 1 to 26 October 2023. The winner will be announced on 28 October 2023. Check out some of last year’s entries below for inspiration! 

1. Prepare your video

  • Record a short video of yourself telling us what your favourite word(s) or phrase(s) in Bahasa Indonesia is and why.
  • Extra points for telling us the meaning and using it in a sentence. You can be as fun and creative as you want!
  • There are no restrictions on the duration or on the creation technicalities (format, aspect ratio, editing software, etc) of the video.

2. Submit your video

  • Post your video submission(s) to one (or all!) of these social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). 
  • Mention and/or tag ACICIS Study Indonesia.
  • Use the #bahasasesh hashtag.
  • Follow ACICIS Study Indonesia’s social channels.
  • Important note: Make sure your profile is public so we can find your submission.
  • By entering this competition, participants agree to the terms and conditions outlined below.

Grand Prize

One free ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course session in Central Java, valued at over $3,000 AUD! The ACICIS Indonesian Language Short Course (ILSC) program consists of intensive Indonesian language classes (from total beginner to advanced), cultural classes and fieldtrips. The program will be held in Salatiga, central Java, Indonesia. Read more about ILSC here.

Hear what past students have said about the program: 

Katherine Durban (2021): https://www.asiaoptions.org/why-study-with-acicis/ 

Lucas Cary (2019): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indonesian-language-training-salatiga-lucas-cary/ 

Other ILSC past participants’ student profiles: https://www.acicis.edu.au/tag/ilsc/ 

Weekly Winners

There are also several weekly prizes to be won! Vouchers, snack packs, Indonesia-Australia paraphernalia and more!

  • We encourage anyone and everyone to take part in the ACICIS 2023 Bahasa Sesh Challenge. All ages and nationalities are welcome to participate. Please note, however, that the issuance of the visa to participate in the grand prize is subject to Indonesian immigration rules and regulations. 
  • You can submit as many videos as you like. The more the merrier! 
  • ACICIS may share your video submission(s) to our social channels. 
  • All submissions will be posted publicly on ACICIS’ YouTube channel.
  • The challenge will be open from 1-26 October 2023. 
  • The grand prize winner will be announced on 28 October 2023 via ACICIS’ social media channels. 
  • The weekly winners will be announced weekly via ACICIS’ social media channels.
  • Both the grand prize winner and weekly winners agree to be involved in the promotion of the competition. The winners agree to be photographed, interviewed and featured on ACICIS’ social media.
  • The prizes are not transferrable.
  • The prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  • If the selected winners do not accept the prizes, ACICIS will select new winners.
  • The grand prize only covers the administration and tuition fee of the program. The associated costs of participation must be borne by the winner. You can find a breakdown of the fees and costs here: ILSC Fees & Costs.
  • The grand prize must be used in July 2024 or January 2025. Subject to sufficient student numbers.
  • ACICIS reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in their opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of their control.
  • The outcome of the competition is final in every situation, including any not mentioned above.
  • Should you have any questions about the 2023 ACICIS Bahasa Sesh Challenge, please email us at enquiries@acicis.edu.au 

2022 Winners

Grand Prize Winner

Delta Williams took out the 2022 Grand Prize for her submission on ‘curhat‘ or ‘to have a heart-to-heart’. Delta participated in the July 2023 Indonesian Language Short Course in Salatiga, Central Java.


Weekly Winners

The first weekly winner was Lachlan Colgrave with his funny word, ‘polisi tidur‘. Lachlan won a $50 Uber Eats voucher for his video.

The second weekly winner, was Asha Combes with her word ‘musim panas‘. Asha won a big box of Indonesian snacks and ACICIS merch.