AIYA mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin.

In the news     

  • Digital platform Google Arts & Culture has created a dedicated page that explores wayang, Indonesian shadow puppets. The page features 106 wayang and captures the artworks’ finest details. Check it out here. (The Jakarta Post)
  • Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears. The New York Times explores a market in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, that continues to operate today. (The New York Times)
  • Power in Indonesia has been decentralized following the democratisation process. The Australia-Indonesia Centre summarised the five levels of government in Indonesia, and the effect on empowering provinces in Indonesia. (The Australia-Indonesia Centre)
  • In early January 2016, a young Indonesian woman collapsed in a Jakartan cafe after drinking coffee and died before she reached hospital. Police indicate that cyanide poisoning was the most likely cause of her death, and arrested her best-friend. Follow this podcast on SSEAC discussing how the trial went down and the influence of the media on trials in Indonesia. (SSEAC)
  • Follow the success of the pilot iteration of Monash Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) and ACICIS. The program welcomed 55 Bachelor of Arts students from Monash for a two week program in Yogyakarta and is supported by AIYA Yogyakarta Chapter. Check it out here. (ACICIS)

In the blog

  • Lebaran sudah di depan mata. Walaupun saat ini waktu lebaran tidak dapat dirayakan dengan keluarga atau sanak saudara yang lain karena situasi pandemic, namun semangatnya jangan sampai hilang yah, teman. Nah, untuk memeriahkan perayaan lebaran, kali ini tim AIYA National akan membagikan beberapa hal yang biasanya dilakukan untuk menyambut lebaran selama masa social distancing dari berbagai sumber.
  • Eid is in sight. Although at this time Eid can not be celebrated with family or other relatives because of the pandemic situation, the spirit should not be lost, friends! Now, to enliven the Eid celebration, the AIYA National team will share some things that are usually done to welcome Eid during the social distancing from various sources


AIYA x  UniBRIDGE Online Language Exchange (‘FLEX’)

AIYA is proud to present a new online version of our classic Language Exchange program for its members – Flexible Language Exchange or FLEX. This program will be run in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project, and it will start this Sunday (timetable below). Please use your AIYA membership code to access FLEX. The code should have been emailed to you

AIYA dengan bangga mempersembahkan versi online dari program Language Exchange untuk member kami, ‘Flexible Language Exchange’ atau ‘FLEX.’ Program ini akan dijalankan dengan mitra dan kawan kami, UniBRIDGE Project, dan akan dimulai hari Minggu ini (jadwal dibawah). Silahkan pakai kode membership AIYA untuk mengakses FLEX. Kode ini telah di email kepada anda.

Sunday/Minggu – 1:00pm WIB / 2:00pm WITA  / 4:00pm AEST

Wednesday/Rabu – 4:00pm WIB / 5:00pm WITA / 7:00pm AEST

Thursday/Kamis – 4:00pm WIB / 5:00pm WITA / 7:00pm AEST


  • AIYA NSW Netflix Party, 22 May- Join AIYA NSW for a virtual movie party! This Friday, watch the popular movie, Bumi Manusia (The Earth of Mankind), together with AIYA NSW. At 7:45 AEST, join the zoom meeting (ID: 961 6656 2315), and watch the movie together using Netflix Party Extension. More info on AIYA NSW social media!
  • Kopi Digital with AIBC Young Professionals, 26 May – Join this interactive session at 6pm AEST, to share your perspectives on how COVID-19 will impact Australia’s relationship with Indonesia and how we can navigate the uncertainties of a post-pandemic future. Please click here to register by Friday, 22 May 2020 and note places are limited to 100
  • AIC in Conversation Webinar, 27 May-International education is Australia’s largest service export, valued at $35.2 billion, and its vulnerabilities have been exposed in its reliance on bringing students onshore. How have COVID-19 affected this industry? How can it recover? Join AIC’s expert panel of education leaders, register here.
  • NAILA X AIYA Live Kahoot, 31 May – Join NAILA and AIYA on a live game of Kahoot. Practice your Indonesian with others across the nations. The session will take place at 5:30 AEST following FLEX. Join via zoom here. Password is 028439.
  • NAILA Social Media challenge – The National Australia Indonesia Language Award (NAILA) has started their first social media challenge. In 15 seconds or less, tell us what your favourite hobbies are. Post it on instagram and tag @aiya_naila and #NAILAChallenge.
  • Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online dance classes via zoom. They’re held Friday nights, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All ages and levels welcome. Read more – book via paypal here.
  • Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars on COVID-19 right to your living room. Join in for live discussions or surf through the archives of previous seminars here. 

COVID-19 support

  • AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – Bahasa Indonesia and English.
  • AIYA is aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.
  • For all foreigners in Indonesia, there is an automatic emergency stay permit extension for all visa types. Foreign nationals who cannot return to their home countries do not need to apply for an extension of their stay permit with the immigration office. This is for foreigners arriving in Indonesia after Feb. 5 2020. More info here.


  • Conciliation Resources are looking for a full-time Programme Support Assistant for its Southeast Asia and Pacific Team to support their Melbourne branch office. They are looking for an organised individual who has strong administration skills. Application due 1 June. More info here.
  • Could you be PPIA Australia’s next president? Applications are open for the position of president for the year 2020-2021. Application is due 1 June, and more information can be accessed here.
  • ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2020 registration is now open. Register your team of two ASEAN students from the same institution or different institutions now. Click here for more info. 
  • Initiated by Airlangga Global Engagement, Airlangga Flatten the Curve Competition (AFCC) 2020 aims to encourage International Students, both in Indonesia and overseas, to contribute to the efforts of containing the spread of Covid-19. International students are expected to contribute with the goal of educating international society using their respective knowledge on the issues. Categories include short video, essay or poster. Submission deadline is 5 June 2020 (11.59 p.m. GMT+7). Read more here.
  • Stay tuned! The ReelOzInd! 2020 Competition is now accepting entries until 1 August. The competition theme this year is ‘energi/energy’. Understandably, many filmmakers may be limited in some ways, but hopefully isolation can provide the perfect opportunity for your creativity to flourish! Find the Call for Submissions Trailer on YouTube here.
  • Do you want to be a leader in your field and join an inspiring network of changemakers? Apply today for the Australia Awards Postgraduate Scholarships (open to Indonesian nationals) and gain a world-class education and become a leader for development. Deadline has been extended until 30 June 2020.
  • batyr are creating a new university mental health program for international students and they need your voice! Share your ideas and help us to develop the program! Please note: The workshops will be two hours long and you only need to attend one. Program Development Workshop Dates: Thursday 14th of May, Thursday 28th of May, and Thursday 18th of June. See the flyer – express your interest here.
  • ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
  • Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
  • Looking to upskill during self-isolation? Some Australian universities are offering a range of free online courses covering areas such as cyber security, climate change, business data analytics, digital marketing, mental health and many more. These are accessed through the website Future learn and Class Central.

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