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The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program



3 February 2014

Final year Arts (Media and Communications) student, Philip Chan speaking to ABC Radio Australia
Final year Arts (Media and Communications) student, Philip Chan speaking to ABC Radio Australia

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is well represented in this year's Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program.

Of the 18 Australians on the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, three have connections to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney:

  • Philip Chan, Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) (2012)

  • Aran Hirsch, Bachelor of International and Global Studies (BIGS) - First Class Honours (2013)
  • Katrina Steedman, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - First Class Honours (2012)

All three are the only representatives from New South Wales.

"I spent one month living in a rural village in West Sumatra," said Philip Chan.

"I was very fortunate to be elected amongst the Australians as the male Community Development leader.

"We taught English and Aussie sports at the schools, trekked through the jungle with the villagers to repair an irrigation pipe, built a volleyball court, refurbished the health clinics, trained the women with business skills and developed people-to-people links with the local dancing and sporting clubs.
"Currently, I am in the city of Bukittinggi, completing a work placement with the Department of Law and Human Rights."
ABC Radio Australia recently interviewed the students in Indonesia and filmed a segment broadcast on the Australia Network - please view below via its Facebook page.

For more info about the program: The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

Celebrating Australia Day with an Indonesian Twist - View the report from ABC Radio Australia
Celebrating Australia Day with an Indonesian Twist - View the report from ABC Radio Australia


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