Development Studies Professional Practicum

Ian Granit is a participant in the 2019 Development Studies Professional Practicum from Griffith University. Ian is studying a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice.

Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?

I decided to undertake the ACICIS practicum due to my interest in the development field and Indonesian culture. The reason for choosing ACICIS specifically was because of the outline of the program – it included development studies, Indonesian language courses, and an internship for the duration of the program. In addition to this, I wanted to expand my international experience and have the ability to intern in a foreign country.

Q: How will the Professional Practicum benefit or influence your future career? Would you like to return to Indonesia again in future?

The Professional Practicum allowed me to gain both first and second hand knowledge about the different career opportunities within the development field. This was made possible through guest lecturers currently working in development and through first-hand experience at my placement with Project Child Indonesia.

Q: What organisation will did you intern with? (Explain your roles and responsibilities)

I interned with Project Child Indonesia. During my placement with the organisation I conducted a research study examining the usage of water filtration in schools. This was made possible through the very friendly staff of Project Child that assisted me with translation, delivering and collection of surveys that I later finalised and analysed.

Q: How have you found the work culture of your host organisation? How is it different to work experience in Australia?

A little more relaxed, in a positive way. As long as you do the work you are supposed to do people are happy.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Indonesia?

My spare time in Indonesia was usually spent training Thai boxing, eating out at the many restaurants or visiting the very high quality cafes Yogyakarta had to offer.

Q: Would you like to return to work in Indonesia again in the future?

Yes, that is something I would consider. The people and country is great, everyone is very friendly and you feel welcomed everywhere you go!

Q: Favourite place to eat? Favourite Indonesian food?

My favourite place to eat was Bumbu Desa or Esco no. 27. Food-wise I really like the big fish at Bumbu Desa!

Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase?

Saya suka makan dan memasak.

Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited during your practicum so far?

I visited Borobudur, Mount Merapi, Nglanggeran volcano, Kali Code, Dongkel Sari Village and many more!