Welcome back to Member Spotlight where we introduce you to the personalities behind AIYA. This week, we introduce you to AIYA NSW Socio-Cultural officer, Maddie!


What is your occupation/What do you study?

Senior Project Officer


Fun fact you would like to share with us?

I love durian!


What made you so interested in Australia/Indonesia?

I worked in Jakarta for 14 months and became very passionate about Indonesian culture.


What is your most memorable culture shock experience?

After living in Jakarta for 6 months I travelled to rural Aceh Selatan and had to use the mandi besar for the first time – it was a very quick shower!


What is your favourite place to visit in Indonesia/Australia?

Semarang, Jawa Tengah


Favourite meal in Indonesia/Australia?



How about your favourite word in Indonesian/English? 



Do you have a favourite Indonesian/Australian film?

The Castle


How did you first become interested in Indonesia/Australia?

I lived in Jakarta for 14 months


Any hopes for the bilateral relationship?

More young Australians are aware of the incredible diversity of Indonesian culture


In your opinion, how is Youth like yourself take part in shaping Australia-Indonesia relationship?

We not only run events which promote relationships between Australia and Indonesia but I actively promote these on my social media accounts to raise awareness amongst people who may have limited exposure to Indonesia.


What was getting involved with AIYA like?

So much fun and so nice to engage with like-minded individuals


What do you like most about AIYA?

Language exchange to help me practice!


Sum up your experience as an AIYA member in three words!

Bagus dan lucu banget!


How can we learn more and connect with you?

Email, Instagram, Twitter



Terima Kasih Maddie for sharing with us your passions and insights into your personal experience. Stay tuned for AIYA Blog Updates for the upcoming personas under Member Spotlight!