The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is a unique and long running bilateral program which promotes cross-cultural understanding between young Indonesians and Australians. Now in its 33rd year of operation, AIYEP provides young Australians with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand the culture and society of our nearest and most important regional partner.
Applications are now open for eighteen young Australians aged between 21 and 25 years who are willing to represent their country with distinction and enthusiasm in Indonesia from December 2014 to February 2015.
Participants will be assigned an Indonesian counterpart who will first undertake a similar program in Australia before departing for Indonesia together to take part in work placements and internships, cultural performances and visits to local schools and communities, all while living with local host families. Participants will also undertake a development project in a rural and remote village in Indonesia, working with and helping local communities on business and entrepreneurship, youth and education, and women’s empowerment activities.
Applications are being sought for this year’s program from exceptional young people with a commitment to engagement with Australia’s closest neighbour. Indonesian language skills are desirable but not mandatory. Application forms and further information are available online.
AIYEP is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in partnership with the Indonesian Government Ministry for Youth and Sport, which manages and coordinates the program in Indonesia.
Fiona Hoggart, Dir SAI, tel. (02) 6261 3827