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Unofficial Ambassadors to Indonesia
Unofficial ambassadors to Indonesia support grassroots development and education initiatives by teaching English and working with one of several NGOs that are focused on youth empowerment, human rights, or religious tolerance. At the same time, unofficial ambassadors study Bahasa and engage in a wide variety of cultural activities to broaden their exposure to Indoneisa. Intern placements include:
- Teaching English to middle and high school students and running after-school club
- Conducting online outreach and raising awareness for an NGO
- Researching and drafting sections of funding proposals at one of two NGOs
- Preparing and then leading public presentations about human rights/religious tolerance issues
Program dates: July 13 to August 20, 2016
Applications due: April 18, 2016
Indonesia partners and internship placements: HERE
Country Coordinators: Dr. Suci Lestari Yuana and Ms. Ayu Rahmawati
Blog posts from our unofficial ambassadors to Indonesia:
- Reflections on My Service in Aceh: Sawyer French
- Teaching with a Purpose – Sawyer French in Aceh
- A Mosaic of Different Cultures
Comprised of more than 17,500 islands in the Pacific Ocean, Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. Indonesia has long been an important center for trade in Southeast Asia and as a result, it has absorbed many different cultural influences over the centuries. Today, Indonesia is a diverse mix of ethnic and linguistic groups, as well as a burgeoning center for business and tourism.
Still, Indonesia is grappling with a range of critical development needs, including widespread poverty and environmental degradation. For instance, data from the United Nations Development Program indicates that roughly 14% of Indonesians (more than 32 million people) are living on less than $1.50 a day. International groups have also pointed to rising rates of homelessness and a lack of clean drinking water in many communities.
While tourism and international business remain some of the country’s primary economic drivers, there remains a pressing need for qualified instructors able to teach English or other foreign languages to workers. This need is particularly urgent among young people. In fact, a 2012 survey for the World Bank found that although many Indonesian employers consider English an important skill, more than 15 percent of young workers lack a substantial understanding of the language.
Yogykarta has long been one of Indonesia’s leading cities and a center for local Javanese arts and culture. In the late 1940s it served as Indonesia’s capitol during its struggle for independence. Today, the Yogykarta metro area is home to more than 2 million people. Surrounding the city is the countryside of Java, an island of rural communities, rainforests, secluded beaches and ancient temples.
To learn more about Indonesia, see these resources on the Web: