Indonesian Language & Culture - an Aussie student's experience

By Beth Kracke

As a student I was introduced to UniBRIDGE Project early in 2016. I am learning Bahasa Indonesia as a second language and have found UniBRIDGE Project to be an invaluable tool. Through it I had already made contacts in Kupang so when I got there in June this year I was much more confident than I would have been otherwise. Having never left Australia previously I was very unsure how to behave in another country but because I had been conversing with local students prior to arriving I had people who were willing to help me navigate the city. As a result, I was able to book a Kos rather than staying in a hotel and to navigate the city in a Bemo rather than relying on taxis as some of the other students were doing.

Beth, hanging out with her Indonesian UniBRIDGE Project friends in Kupang, Indonesia.

Beth, hanging out with her Indonesian UniBRIDGE Project friends in Kupang, Indonesia.

UniBRIDGE Project gave me a much greater learning experience. Because of it, I was able to mingle with local people and learned the language more readily than I believe I would have otherwise. I had been taught how to greet people politely and with respect and was invited to spend time with some wonderful people who opened their homes to me, showing some aspects of local life and culture I would otherwise not have seen, and who treated me as a friend. I have made many friends and have constant support with my learning experience. I cannot thank the UniBRIDGE Project enough for giving me this wonderful experience. Terima kasih. Saya sangat senang.

Beth Kracke

University of the Sunshine Coast - IND111

Australian and Indonesian students catch up face-to-face in Kupang after many months of communicating remotely via UniBRIDGE Project.

Australian and Indonesian students catch up face-to-face in Kupang after many months of communicating remotely via UniBRIDGE Project.

Selfie time for Beth and Sari in Kupang, Indonesia

Selfie time for Beth and Sari in Kupang, Indonesia