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Cultural and Environmental Conservation Field Trip –
Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI)

Bali and North Sumatra, 2016; Jakarta and North Sumatra 2017

Working with the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI), which consists of the University of Tasmania, the University of New England, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Charles Darwin University, we developed a two-week field trip focusing on cultural and environmental conservation in Indonesia. The itinerary first took the students to Bali, where they were given an insight into both the positive and negatives of development, especially tourist-focused development, on the island. This included discussing the effects of the influx of international culture on Balinese traditions and ways of life as well as the environmental consequences of the booming tourism industry. Students then travelled to North Sumatra, where they saw the palm oil industry up close, visiting a plantation and palm oil producer. They then discovered the effects of this industry on threatened species and rainforest, and participated in forest rehabilitation with a local NGO. Students completed the course for credit, producing a report and set of reflections about their experiences and learnings.

In Bali, the program was joined by students from Udayana University and in Sumatra by students from the University of North Sumatra.

The field trip received Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding and was continued in 2017, this time to Jakarta and Sumatra, due to the eruption of Mt Agung in Bali. We are grateful for the support received to encourage RUILI students to discover Indonesia.

Deakin Dance Internships

Yogyakarta 2015; Yogyakarta and Jakarta, 2016 and 2017

This program simultaneously introduced Deakin dance students to a new discipline of dance and to the work environment of a dance practitioner in Indonesia. Students undertook an intensive three-week schedule of Javanese palace dance, dance drama and gamelan music. They also attended a weekend workshop in a rural school in the hills of Central Java, where they discovered contemporary Javanese choreography. The program was based in Yogyakarta and the dancers had the opportunity to visit a range of historical sites and cultural institutions throughout the program. Outside of hours spent rehearsing, students also participated in sessions on the Business of Being a Dancer, including an introduction to economic theory, budgeting and legal considerations when working in the arts. The schedule culminated in a public performance at the Yogyakarta Cultural Park and was supported by the Indonesian Institute of the Arts and the Yogyakarta Institute of the Arts.

The 2017 dance internships program took place in Yogyakarta and Jakarta, as will the 2018 program.

The dance internships received Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding. We are grateful for the support received to encourage dance students to discover Indonesia.

RMIT Global Entrepreneurship and Internship Program Group Internships

Yogyakarta and Jakarta, 2015 and 2016; Bali 2015

This program was structured to give students an in-depth cultural, as well as professional, understanding of Indonesia. The program started with one week of language and culture in Yogyakarta before the group moved to Jakarta for their three-week-long group internships. In Yogyakarta the students learnt some basic language skills, visited Borobudur and Prambanan temples, a number of NGOs and important cultural sites and discovered the city of Jogja while hanging out with their buddies from the Islamic University of Indonesia. In Jakarta the students were placed at Mullen-Lowe Indonesia (Indonesia’s biggest marketing firm) in the corporate affairs division, at Morelink Consulting (an Australian consulting firm helping foreign companies enter the Indonesian market), and at the Human Rights Working Group (an eminent Jakarta NGO). While the students worked during the day, they also had the chance to attend a joint European-Indonesian business networking function, a human rights-focused function at the Dutch embassy and some social functions run by various Jakarta social groups, including some Aussie rules players!

A similarly structured program was held in Bali in June 2015, where the students completed a three week internship and cultural program in Ubud and Denpasar. The group of eight students completed internships at Legal Aid Bali, Hubud co-working space and IDEP Foundation, an NGO focused on developing Bali’s capacity to withstand environmental challenges posed by overpopulation, tourism and corruption.

These programs received multiple rounds of Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding and will continue in 2016/17. We are grateful for the support received to encourage students to discover Indonesia.

RMIT Global Fashion Supply Chain Intensive


Jakarta and Bandung, Jan and Dec 2016, Jan 2018

The Global Fashion Supply Chains course in the Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) at RMIT aims to formulate the capabilities for fashion entrepreneurs to successfully develop, implement and manage different, local or international production and supply network configurations. The focus of Global Fashion Supply Chains is on strategic decision making on how to locate a production and supply network for a diverse range of fashion products. This course investigates and identifies current business models and various key systems in the fashion supply chain network.

We worked closely with the lecturers in RMIT’s Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) to develop this ten-day intensive which will be repeated for a new cohort of students in December 2016. The program was built with the support of an apparel industry partner in Bandung, where students spent most of their time. There they studied the processes involved in producing a garment, from the technical specifications to costings to cross-cultural communication with manufacturers. The itinerary also took students to logistics companies, major and small retailers, government offices and many malls! Content was delivered throughout the program and students spent evenings working on assignments for the course.

iDiDe – International Architecture Study Program

Deakin University, International Islamic University of Malaysia and BINUS University, January 2015

iDiDe, Intercultural Dialogue Through Design, is an international design workshop with a transcultural themed agenda achieved through immersive cultural in-country experience and cross-national collaboration. The design element of the program involves students from a number of international institutions working in studio groups with academics, architects and practice officers, while the cultural element allows them to explore their destination country before beginning the design work. iDiDe has held six previous programs in different Asian countries, as well as Australia.

iDiDe 2015 involved Deakin University, the International Islamic University of Malaysia and Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta and International Internships facilitated in the logistics, including contact between the academics from each university; development of the general itinerary in close communication with the academics; and in-country support. The program took the students to Bali, Yogyakarta and Jakarta over three weeks.

See iDiDe founder and Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Susan Ang, talk about working with us.

Deakin University Team Internships

Jakarta, December 2013, February 2014, November 2014 and February 2015

Each of these programs consisted of about 20 students from a variety of fields including business, law, environmental science, sociology, politics and international studies. Students worked in groups of four, with each group comprising of three Deakin students and one student from BINUS University, the partner university selected in Jakarta. The groups worked with organisations including Air Asia, ANZ Bank, Legal Aid Indonesia, BDO Accounting, Sahabat Cipta (an Indonesian not-for-profit), the Victorian Government Business Office, BINUS University Careers Department and Amartha Microfinance.

During the placement, the students participated in a number of evening networking events, including visits to the Australian Ambassador’s residence and gatherings with business councils, social groups and youth networks. They also had the chance to join a day trip out of Jakarta, to see the city’s rural surrounds.

This program received multiple rounds of Australian Government New Colombo Plan funding and will continue in 2016/17. We are grateful for the support received to encourage students to discover Indonesia.

University of South Australia Study Tours


Yogyakarta, July 2013 and July 2014

During July of 2013 and then again in July of 2014 we hosted a two-week study tour for the Global Experience department at the University of South Australia. We were accompanied by two academics from the university, who taught their own curriculum during the program. The Islamic University of Indonesia (UII) was selected as the partner university for the program and their students accompanied the University of South Australia students throughout.

Our time in Yogyakarta involved basic language lessons, visits to not-for-profits (e.g. The Human Rights Centre, Friends of the Earth Indonesia, Islamic Boarding School for Transgender people), volunteering with a local community affected by the 2010 Yogyakarta volcanic eruption, interfaith dialogue with UII students, academic presentations on Indonesian culture, religion and history, presentations from local companies and visits to temples and sites of natural beauty.

“Hi Jack, Back in the office today and just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful trip. This one was pretty challenging on lots of fronts, but you made everything go smoothly. We wouldn’t have been able to manage without you!”

Dr Tracey Bretag, UniSA Business School, University of South Australia, July 2014

Our partner university in Yogyakarta, Universitas Islam Indonesia, made a video about the 2014 program. 

Gap Indonesia

Indonesia Uncovered Tour, November-December 2014, 2015

In 2014 our sister company, Gap Indonesia, ran its first program for students in their final or second-last year of secondary school. The program ran again in 2015. The three-week itinerary was designed to give participants an in-depth understanding of the different facets of Indonesia.

The group first travelled to Yogyakarta to study Indonesian language, visit the cultural and historical sights around the town, visit a number of NGOs and spend lots of time with students from our local partner university. We then spent four days in Jakarta getting familiar with the business environment of Indonesia, which included visiting a number of large companies and a hub for entrepreneurs and attending networking workshops and events. Our final week was spent four very bumpy hours drive from Medan, in North Sumatra, where the participants volunteered in a remote reforestation project. They also had the chance to trek through the forest there, learning about the threats it faces and seeing the orangutans who live there in the wild.

See our Gap Indonesia website, with all the program details, here.