Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

AIYEP is a one of a kind, highly successful program marking its 35th year this year. Eighteen young Indonesians aged 21-25 spend two months (October to December) in Australia undertaking work placements, homestays, cultural performances and visits to local schools and communities. Eighteen young Australians undertake a similar program in Indonesia with their Indonesian counterparts from December to February.

The program aims to provide opportunities for young people from Indonesia and Australia to gain a better understanding of the culture, development and way of life of each other's country. AIYEP alumni form a vibrant group whose members have gone on to work in areas with a continuing involvement in the bilateral relationship. For further information including AIYEP contacts please visit the main Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program website.

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AIYEP 2015-2016

Eighteen Indonesian AIYEP participants arrived in October for the Australian phase of the program beginning with a week of orientation before taking up work placements and homestays in Canberra. Participants enjoyed a mid-visit break at Burrill Lake before a three week stay in Ulladulla, NSW where they gained a regional perspective of Australia.

The Indonesian AIYEP participants then met with their Australian counterparts for a joint orientation exercise prior to both groups departing for Jakarta in early December. The Indonesian province of West Kalimantan hosted the Australian and Indonesian AIYEP participants, and their visit involved taking part in a community development project in the village of Lumbang in Sambas and a city stay in Pontianak. The program concluded in early February 2016.

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Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program participants
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Phil De Zylva during the village stay sights the rare Rafflesia flower - the biggest flower in the world.
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Alison Youssef teaching an SMA class about Australia in Rokan Hulu, Riau province.
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Julian with village youths in the Aur Betung dusun where he stayed.