Enhancing intercultural learning - UniBRIDGE Project

By Sari

My name is Sari. I am a student of Nusa Cendana University. I live in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. The first time I heard about UniBRIDGE Project was from my friend Richard when we were in our 2nd year. But I didn’t join it at that time because my university activities had kept me busy. I finally joined UniBRIDGE Project last year as a course requirement from my lecturer. But I didn’t get enough chance to talk with any Australian students at that time. I had no motivation to be active on UniBRIDGE Project until June this year.

June this year was a great chance and experience to learn and practice English in real life for me. It was when I met Leanne, Beth, Jo, Laurence, Jesse, Tom, Rohan and other Australian students who came to learn Indonesian in Kupang. Helping them learn Indonesian during class improved my English speaking skills. One thing I secretly like about helping them studying Indonesian was when they asked me to describe an Indonesian word they didn’t understand. It made me think creatively and come out with an idea about that word which I consider could be easily understood and quite logical. I have to admit it gave me new perspectives both about Indonesian and English and I’m proud of it.

Not only during the class, we also spent a lot time together after class. Spending time with them outside the class gave me the chance not only to increase my communication skills but also to get to know them personally, learn about the culture difference and their view on our country. Those experiences with them ignited my motivation to meet more Australian friends. I decided to get more involved in UniBRIDGE Project again after that and try to be as active as possible to help any Australian students who want to learn Indonesian.

I’m glad I made that decision because now I have more Australian students as my friends. I listen to Jodie’s presentation every week on UniBRIDGE Project, I have Erin as my new sister, I even learned Japanese with Manaka and Miwa. I talked to Max about Indonesian cuisine and they are always ready to help me with my English. I’d like to thank UniBRIDGE Project and especially Chris for giving me chance and supporting me to stay active. This wouldn't happen without you! Thank you!

Cheers!

Sari

Sari with Laurence and Jo - showing off their batik shirts

Sari with Laurence and Jo - showing off their batik shirts

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sari with Tom - selfie during the lunch break

sari with Tom - selfie during the lunch break