Photo: Tennis star, Priska Nugroho, Tribun News

Last week on the AIYA Blog, we featured rising Indonesian tennis star, Priska Nugroho who debuted at the Australian Open Junior Championship on Sunday. Nugroho stunned sixth-seed Lea Ma of the United States to advance to the third round before losing to ninth-seed Kamilla Bertone from Latvia on Wednesday. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved, Priska!

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  • Member Spotlight – It’s time to meet another dedicated young person involved in the organisation of AIYA. This week, we have AIYA Links & Annual Officer, Jayne Fendyk, yuk kenalan!


  • Jakarta, 25 January – Kick off your weekend with AIYA Jakarta’s Jam Kronis (Jum’at Malam Nongkrong Manis) starting from 8pm at Beer Garden SCBD, together with AIYEP and ACICIS study participants. Bring a friend along! Please RSVP to Ilfi (+62821 2319 9119) before the event due to limited seating.
  • Melbourne, 30 January – AIYA Victoria’s Language Exchange is back for 2019! Head to RMIT Building 80 every Wednesday at 6pm to practise your Indonesian and/or English language skills!
  • Sydney, 10 February – ASYIK Casula Indonesian Cultural Day will take place from 10:30am – 3pm at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. It includes activities for all ages like art workshops, puppet-making activities and dance workshops led by Suara Indonesia Dance. There will also be performances and conversations with the artists involved in the ‘looking here, looking north’ exhibition. Follow the FB event for more details.


  • AIYA South Australia is accepting Expressions of Interest to join the 2019 committee. They’re looking for motivated, passionate young people seeking team and leadership experience. Send 50-100 words expressing your interest to Hannah at [email protected] before 10 February 2019. Positions available include secretary, treasurer, events officer, communications officer and general member/s.
  • AIYA Victoria is currently recruiting for 2019. If you are passionate about the Australia-Indonesia relationship, please consider applying. Positions available include Treasurer, Secretary, Media Officer, Education Officer, Sociocultural Officer, Professional Programs Officer and Education Facilitator/s (see Position Descriptions). Click here to apply! Applications due 5pm on 22 February.
  • For 60 years globally and 20 years in Australia, the Asia Society has been building bridges of understanding between Asia, Australia and the US across business, policy, education and the arts. They’re currently seeking a new full-time Associate Director – Development (Melbourne) as well as a Program Officer (Melbourne) for their new Melbourne office. Head to their website to find out more information and apply!
  • Study Melbourne is looking for passionate and committed international students and alumni to join them as Study Melbourne Ambassadors in 2019. Learn more and apply here! Applications close 5pm, 28 January.
  • Are you currently learning Bahasa Indonesia? Want to visit Indonesia to learn more about the language and culture? Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture is inviting all foreign students to apply for 2019 Darmasiswa Scholarship, with a chance to study in the University of your choice among 71 Universities across Indonesia. For more info, head to their application page. Applications close 1 March 2019.
  • Balai Bahasa dan Budaya Indonesia (BBBI) of NSW is seeking people from NSW interested in joining their 2019 executive committee or becoming advisors/supporters. Balai Bahasa help promote the value of learning about Indonesian language and culture across NSW.  If you’re interested, contact the acting Chair of BBBI, Jane Ahlstrand via email: [email protected] or WhatsApp at: +61439248958. Please note that all positions are voluntary.
  • A reminder that applications for the Hamer Scholarships are opening soon, from 11 February to 17 March 2019. They offer Victorians the opportunity for 5-6 months of intensive in-market language study and cultural immersion in Indonesia, China, Japan or Korea with scholarships up to the value of $15,000. Further information and program guidelines can be found here. See how you can take your career/business to the next level with a Hamer Scholarship in Indonesia!  
  • Are you looking to improve your business development skills set by working on real problems over the summer? Participate in the Building a Social Business online course, hosted by our director of partnerships and memberships, Sam Shlansky, at econome. Take advantage of the discount to get $100 off the normal price of $199 by emailing your interest to [email protected].
  • The WEA Sydney provides Indonesian Beginners Courses for adults and is located 5 minutes walk from Townhall Station. It’s perfect for those with no previous knowledge of Indonesian language and who wish to learn the language for business, travel or everyday use. Sign up for the next course, commencing early February!
  • The 2018 – 2019 Short Film Competition for the 14th Indonesian Film Festival has begun. The competition is open to everyone and closes on the 3rd of March 2019. This year’s theme will explore “The Unknown”. Show off your creative skills for the chance to win a grand prize of AUD $750! For more information regarding competition rules and regulations, head to their website.
  • Applications are now open for Indonesian schools to join the 2019 Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program! Apply here, applications close 3 February.
  • Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.

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