Unofficial Ambassadors to Indonesia

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This summer, America’s Unofficial Ambassadors will once again host a unique service internship program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Unofficial ambassadors will study Bahasa at Gadjah Mada University and support local grassroots organizations and schools in fields such as youth engagement, women’s empowerment, conflict resolution and education. Internship placements include:

  • Teaching English to primary and high school students
  • Managing communications and social media for NGOs
  • Researching and writing proposals and reports for NGOs
  • Producing a documentary about NGO initiatives

Applications are due March 31, 2015.

Follow this link for a list of prospective internship opportunities here.

For details on housing, academic credit and more, click here.

Program dates: TBA

Returned Ambassadors

Check out these videos and blog entries to learn more about what our unofficial ambassadors have already accomplished in Indonesia!

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2014 unofficial ambassador Winona Vaitekunas gets a lesson in pottery near Yogyakarta

Snapshot: Indonesia

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 critical development needs, including widespread poverty and environmental degradation. For instance, data from the United Nations Development Program indicates that roughly 14% of Indonesians (or more than 32 million people) are living on less than $1.50 a day. International groups have also pointed a 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.

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2013 unofficial ambassadors visit the Borbudur temple complex

To learn more about Indonesia, see these resources on the Web:

Center for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia: A 21st Century Partner

The U.S.-Indonesia Society

United Nations Development Report

Freedom House Facts on Indonesia

World Wildlife Fund on Indonesia

Gender Equality Profile

Learning Bahasa

Timeline of Indonesian History



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