Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program: Applications now open

Media Release

6 October 2016

Applications for the 2016-17 Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) are now open.

AIYEP was established in 1981 as a joint project between the Australian and Indonesian Governments to promote cross-cultural understanding and exchange among young Australians and Indonesians. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the participants to experience first-hand the culture and society of each country.

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 partnerships, cultural performances and visits to local schools and communities, all while living with local host families.

They will also undertake a development project in a rural and remote village, working with and helping local communities on business and entrepreneurship, youth and education, and women's empowerment activities.

AIYEP is a program designed for exceptional and energetic young people with a desire to deepen their understanding of Indonesia and a commitment to strengthening the linkages between the two countries. Indonesian language skills are desirable but not mandatory. Application forms and further information are available online at

AIYEP is a core program of the Australia-Indonesia Institute (an Australian Government body administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). It is conducted in partnership with the Indonesian Ministry for Youth and Sport which coordinates the program in Indonesia. The program is facilitated by The Communication Network (TCN).

Last Updated: 6 October 2016