It has been 2 years since I started to work in International Office of IP UII. It is a fun work. Besides motivating and supporting students’ mobility, I have to deal with lots of foreign matters – be its immigration issues, agreements, to student exchange applications.
During my 2 years work, I’ve been managing programs and weekend trips for foreign interns in International Internships, being buddy for RELO fellows, and as field coordinator for study tours collaboration with foreign universities. For the past 6 months, we’ve been hosting 3 study tours; with University of South Australia (July), Deakin University (November) and International Internships (January-February).
Through these programs – most of the time, I’ve been organizing entertainment and city tours. I take these bule gila to see our campus, to enjoy Ramayana Ballet and Merapi Lava Tour, to introduce chicken satay and jamu, to visit Keraton Palace, Merapi, Borobudur temple and more.
Throughout the trips, I always love to see their excitement in enjoying Keraton tours, their laughter while being drove off road in Merapi Lava Tour, their careful act on trying salak (snake fruit), their little nag on the heat that turns to a joy peaceful feeling in the peak of Borobudur temple.
“At the end of the day, I always feel ‘wow, this is the best day!’ On the next day, I feel ‘wow, this is the best day ever!’ again. Everyday feels special here..” – Lloyd.
”It is really nice to see all the collection and able to look inside the palace. Our country will never able to do like this.” – Donna, during her visit in Keraton Palace.
“It is very surprising. It feels really peaceful and picturesque here.” – Holly, at the peak of Borobudur.
Neighbor’s grass is always greener. But because of their smile and warm comments, it gives a whole new meaning for me in the sense of enjoying Indonesia. I hope you are feeling the same thing too. Thank you for sharing the excitement, mas mbak! You are welcome anytime :)