Yolante Jones is a Murdoch University student undertaking ACICIS’ International Relations Program (IRP) at Parahyangan Catholic University.
Yolante is studying in Indonesia with the support of a $6,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant.
Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?
I wanted to have an in-country experience and this was a fantastic opportunity to experience it. I knew that by completing a semester in Indonesia I would gain so much experience and maybe more doors will open once I graduate.
What classes/units are you currently enrolled in?
- Public Issues – learning about how we differentiate what is a public issue and what is a personal concern. Then how we resolve the problem.
- Conflict resolutions – Looking at how conflict begins and what steps can be taken to resolve the issue.
- Diplomacy in Practice – A serious look at how States, non State actors try to negotiate to achieve their objectives. We have to attend a summit and beforehand conduct formal meetings with other members of the summit.
- Bahasa Indonesia – Indonesian language class.
- Politics of International Business – Learn about the impacts of business and in particular MNC’s impact.
Are you involved in any clubs/societies at the university?
I went to a couple of LISTRA meetings which is a club to learn music and dance but I wasn’t good so I didn’t keep it up!
How does studying International Relations from an Indonesian perspective differ to International Relations from an Australian perspective?
I feel in Australia we have more focus on US politics and relationships when it comes to studying international relations.
What do you like to do in your spare time in Bandung?
In my spare time, I go to gym to participate in classes. I also like to go sightseeing, so I have been to a few places around Bandung as well. Trying out new restaurants is fun too!
Are you undertaking an internship while in Indonesia?
I am doing an internship at Yayasan Sayang Tunas Cilik which is a a partner of Save the Children. I get to observe the delivery of projects and speak to the staff about the challenges. It has been an invaluable experience.
Favourite Indonesian food/ Favourite place to eat:
Close to our university UNPAR I enjoy eating at Warong Sombar as well as Padang Restaurant.
Favourite Indonesian word/phrase:
Saya di depan….as the Uber/Grab/Go-Jek drivers always call to ask where you are!
What places in Indonesia have you visited during your Semester so far?
I’ve been to Kawah Putih, Lembang, Ciwedy, Rancabali (tea growing area) and Pantai Jayanti. I haven’t been to many places I have been too busy!