Jack first went to Indonesia in 2004 to volunteer with an environmental NGO in Bali but soon found himself on a boat to Aceh to contribute to relief efforts after the tsunami. Since then, the pull of Indonesia has continually brought him back, whether it be studying the language, working as a lecturer, managing Australian Government funding or sitting on the committee of the Australia Indonesia Business Council in Victoria. He is also the founder of International Internships. He now realises his engagement with the country has lasted quite a long time! Apart from his engagement with Indonesia, Jack worked at DFAT, then was a finance lecturer at Deakin University. In his sparse spare time, Jack loves surfing, keeping up his Indonesian language and working out how he can stop palm oil plantation expansion in Indonesia. He now splits his time between Indonesia and Australia coordinating our Indonesia internship sites and hosting a number of the university group programs.
Frida’s International Internships journey began almost by accident when she joined a study tour to Aceh and Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2012. Since then she has managed many programs on the ground in Indonesia, and is now responsible for developing new programs with university and industry partners. Frida has a mild obsession with languages and taught French at Monash University while completing her Honours in Economics. She then worked as an economist in the Victorian Government before running off to study Indonesian in Yogyakarta and join International Internships. She is passionate about teaching and will stop at nothing to get others excited about and ready for living in other cultures. Frida also splits her time between Indonesia and Australia and is often seen procrastinating by finding conferences to go to about innovative education or food security and sustainable agricultural practices.
Nerida is a real educator. She has years of experience as a school teacher and has managed the development of many of International Internships’ resources helping participants identify and reflect on the skills they have developed during their overseas experience. She is based in Australia and works with our interns, partner universities and host sites to organise the internship placements and prepare the interns for their travels. Nerida is a proficient Spanish speaker, having travelled extensively, including through Latin America and Indonesia, amongst other places. She has two kids, a huge vegetable garden and an amazing skill for making bread.
Greg’s journey in Indonesia began when he moved to Jakarta on an Australian Volunteers in International Development project as an advisor to an Indonesian NGO, Yayasan Hidung Merah. Since then he has become keenly interested in Indonesian culture and Bahasa Indonesia, with a particular passion for Indonesian cooking. He has a background in legal practice, international development and NGO fundraising. Greg is passionate about the Australian-Indonesia relationship, and helping build and facilitate relationships in civil society and the private sector. He is the Vice President for External Affairs of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association Jakarta Chapter. His hobbies include travelling, trying new cuisines and live music. Greg develops relationships and partnerships for International Internships in Indonesia and helps set up internships that provide both great experiences for students and strong support for local organisations, companies and NGOs.
Gemilang Haifa Khairinissa (Ririn)
Born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Ririn is keenly interested in showing the beauty of Indonesian culture to people as many around the world as possible. Ririn has travelled broadly has introduced Indonesian culture to hundreds of people throughout Asia, Europe and Africa. Ririn undertook a five-month internship at treaty-based international governmental organisation the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Seoul, South Korea, and the holds a Masters Degree in International Development from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She brings her experiences interning and studying abroad, and as an international internship coordinator with Gadjah Mada University's summer school program, to International Internships’ Indonesia team. Ririn is developing relationships and partnerships in Indonesia and facilitating internships, study tours and intensives throughout the archipelago.
Angus has had a passion for Indonesia since he first started learning the language at high school in 2007. Since then, he has visited Indonesia many times and continued to study Indonesian through his Commerce/Arts degree at Deakin University. Angus’ passion for Indonesian language and culture is also expressed through several business internships within Indonesia, including one facilitated by International Internships at an Australian State Government Business Office. For the first half of 2018 he had the opportunity to continue his study of Indonesian language at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, after being awarded the Hamer Scholarship. Angus' role with International Internships will see his time spent in Indonesia, working with industry and students to assist in ensuring the programs run smoothly and provide an optimal experience for interns. In his spare time Angus enjoys eating (yes, that is a hobby), travelling and surfing.
Jan is the brains behind and the founder of The Global Student, our partner in Malaysia. She will reluctantly admit that she has almost two decades in the Australian higher education sector, spending the last 13 years in and around Asia. Jan moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2007 to take up the position of Regional Director for the University of Melbourne and has since developed a deep understanding of Malaysian society and culture including how to conduct business. She is still based in KL developing The Global Student and her passion for student mobility.
Teena is the program coordinator in Malaysia and ensures that all operations are project-managed with extreme finesse. Born in Borneo, she is a true KL-ite and worked in the entertainment industry for many years as a well-known DJ, club owner and dance event organiser. Right now she is happiest at home with any of her six cats or providing the latest in shopping and tourism advice about KL! Since she has been with The Global Student, she has loved seeing the interns discover new experiences in KL and has also enjoyed travelling around herself. Teena believes that it’s only if you test your limits that you will really know what you are capable of.
It’s the relationship that matters for Natasha. She just loves meeting people from all walks of life. She believes that people come together for a reason. Coming from the island of Borneo and a long service in hospitality, her super-friendly disposition and confidence shine through on the rainiest days. As Internship Coordinator for our partner The Global Student, she’s the bridge that connects the interns and the hosts in Malaysia. For her, it’s all about making your experience worthwhile! When she’s not on the job, she likes to go for her yoga, watch soppy romantic and dramatic movies, listen to her playlist, try her best to read the books she buys but her most favourite thing to do is to spend time and hang out with her favourite people.