Q: Why did you decide to undertake ACICIS’ Development Studies Immersion Program?
I decided to undertake the Development Studies Immersion Program to increase my understanding of development issues and apply the theory I have learnt at University to real-world situations.
Q: What classes/units are you currently enrolled in?
I was enrolled in the Intensive Beginners Indonesian Language course at UGM. This course involves attending UGM for six weeks to learn the basics of Indonesian language, such as grammar, conversation, writing and reading.
Q: How will the Development Studies Immersion Program influence your future career or study?
The Development Studies Immersion Program will have a considerable influence on my current studies and career because it will give me hands-on experience. Participating in the program will also help me understand development issues from an unfamiliar perspective and assist me in deciding what my specific areas of interest are in International Development. It will also assist me in choosing a career path in development, or give me more focus if I undertake a Master’s degree.
Q: How does development in Indonesia differ to what you’ve seen before?
Most of my understanding of development has been through academic literature, personal interests, and research. However, being in Indonesia has given me insights into the proactive approach that the Indonesian government and NGOs are taking to address a wide range of development issues.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Yogyakarta?
Yogyakarta has a good live music scene, so I spend time visiting different venues.
Q: Are you undertaking an internship while in Indonesia?
I have undertaken a two-month internship with an NGO called Rumah Energi -their focus is renewable energy at a grassroots level. The internship has introduced me to practical and sustainable ways of development and environmentalism.
Q: What is your favourite food/place to eat?
My favourite food is Soto Ayam, and I enjoy eating at the many warungs in Yogyakarta.
Q: What is your favourite Indonesian word/phrase:
Saya pusing or I am dizzy – I have heard this phrase used in different situations so it has multiple applications, but it is usually used to describe how you feel when a lot is going on.
Q: What places in Indonesia have you visited during your semester so far?
I have been based in Yogyakarta, but because of my internship, I was able to travel around central Java.