Georgia Leyendekkers, a Murdoch University student completed the Flexible Language Immersion Program in Semester 2 2017.
Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?
I was exposed to the ACICIS program on a separate student exchange program in Bandung in 2016, and quickly became acquainted with the students, the programs and the amazing staff. When contemplating what I wanted to do after finishing my undergraduate degree I thought what better way to immerse myself in Indonesian study once again, than with the ACICIS program in Yogyakarta through the Flexible Language Immersion Program.
Q: What classes/units did you enrol in?
I completed 4 INCULS based classes; Menulis (Writing), Tata Bahasa (Grammar), Membaca (Reading) and Percakapan (Conversation), and 2 immersion classes including Gamelan (traditional Javanese music ensemble) and Bahasa Jawa. I also took classes externally at Wisma Bahasa and Alam Bahasa in Indonesian and Javanese language respectively.
Q: Were you involved in any clubs/societies at the university?
No, however I consider myself the founding member of the Motorbike Appreciation Club with the INCULS groundskeeper and Pak Bowo (my favourite lecturer).
Q: How will your proficiency in Indonesian Language gained through the Flexible Language Immersion Program influence your future career or study?
As communication is of utmost importance in any field of study or career, I see FLIP as an opportunity to enhance my fluency in cross-cultural communication. Understanding and/or actively learning language shows utmost respect towards people and communities you are working, living, or studying alongside and with.
Q: How different is in-country Indonesian language learning to your previous experiences in an Australian classroom environment?
Before living in Indonesia, I didn’t have any experience learning Indonesian language. However I can imagine the difference lies in the practical experience you encounter the moment you step out of the classroom in Indonesia.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Yogyakarta?
Aside from practising my shabby Javanese and being laughed at (in Javanese) by my neighbour, I thoroughly enjoy delving into the culinary delights and disco parties that Jogja has to offer.
Q: Are you undertaking an internship or volunteering while in Indonesia?
No, however am keeping a close interest in the events and networks and NGOs in the area have to offer. Including Project Child, Forest Peoples Programme, Rifka Annisa, and AIYA.
Q: Favourite Indonesian food/ Favourite place to eat:
This question is asking a lot from a girl who THOROUGHLY enjoys snacking… However when rambutan season starts you can find me eating kilos of fresh ones from the markets. In the meantime its ayam geprek pedas 5 for breakfast every morning (for all those playing at home this is fried chicken with level 5 spicey sambal smashed into it served on a bed of rice).
Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase:
SUDAH MAKAN BELUM??????
Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited during your Semester so far?
I recently drove solo to a beach in East Java called Watukarung, and upon arriving realised I was at the wrong beach to my friends. It was beaut nonetheless! Cant wait to explore all that this majestic province has to offer.