Q: Why did you decide to undertake ACICIS’ International Relations Program?
Because I wanted to go to Southeast Asia for exchange but I was also anxious as it was my first time going overseas by myself and so I wanted to do it in what I felt would be a more supported environment. Also the prospect of doing an internship was also very appealing.
Q: Did you receive a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant or Scholarship? If so, how did this contribute to your experience in Indonesia?
Yes I did. For me it made it possible for me to go on exchange because I had not save up a lot of money before choosing to go on exchange.
Q: What classes/units are you currently enrolled in?
Int Communication – introduction to international communications
IR in East Asia – mainly focuses on China and its relations with other states
Indonesian Foreign Policy – very broad topic covering bebas akif and Pancasila
Security Studies – very open subject which lets you pick just about anything with security for assignments
Q: How will the International Relations Program influence your future career or study?
I would like to work in the government when I graduate, possibly in the Department of Foreign Affairs. I feel like this program could help me realise this desire.
Q: How does studying International Relations from an Indonesian perspective differ to International Relations from an Australian perspective?
Because Australian university generally have a very Eurocentric view, and the ones that explore Asia generally look into China or Japanese relations. Looking at Indonesia also gives a newer take on the way Australia is influencing this region.
Q: Are you undertaking an internship while in Indonesia?
Yes I did. I did my internship with the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI). Because my interests were in energy policies, I looked into the Sumba Iconic Island, energy resilience and regional development policies literature as part of a few literature reviews I was tasked with. I also got to experience writing a proposal for a consultancy position for RDI.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Bandung?
Generally I would just get on a bike, pick a location, explore and then when I get bored I’d pick a new location to go to again and explore. Cafes are pretty cool and were nice to go around and try. I also created a bit of a list of where you could get the best matcha lattes in Bandung.
Q: Favourite Indonesian food/ Favourite place to eat:
Cawit is definitely a go to for capcay, although a really good play for veges along Jl Ciumbuleuit, as well as Food Step where you can get broccoli, kang kong, and bokchoy on a sizzling plate at Rica Rica. Everyone has their own tastes, but these were the ones I liked. Also sate around the streets of UNPAR.
Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase:
I don’t have any favourite words, although I guess I like the similar works in Filipino that really confuse me with pronunciation. Also, a ‘buaya’ (crocodile), it means playboy.
Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited during your Semester so far?
I went to Wonosobo, Dieng, Salatiga, Yogyakarta and Jakarta.