Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Testimony

“What I found waiting for me was a entirely new adventure. The sights, the sounds, the history, the people, the food… everything was different from what I had experienced in any other country I had visited. Although there was a bit of a learning curve at first because I knew zip-zero-null of the language, I…

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“By the end of the course, we all found ourselves deeply immersed within the local Javanese culture. Between camping trips to far-flung islands, excursions to Solo City, and much, much more, we all experienced Java in a deeply impactful way. Now that I am back in my home city, I find myself missing Yogyakarta very…

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“It’s amazing how two months in Indonesia has instilled such an interest in the country in me. I went from not knowing about Indonesia to know wanting to learn more about its history, to wanting to learn more about Javanese culture and apply for a Fulbright to do so. I want to come back again…

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“I am extremely grateful to USINDO and their on-the-ground partners, especially PCMI, for providing us with an unforgettable summer experience in Indonesia. I feel as though this has been time well-spent – as a young professional seeking a career in Southeast Asian diplomacy, an in-depth language and cultural immersion program is exactly what I needed…

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“It becomes challenging to summarize the experiences of the last two months. In my short time here in Indonesia I have met people and shared experiences that I won’t forget. I have a much stronger passion to continue learning about Indonesia, in graduate school and beyond. I have confirmed that this is a nation and…

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“There are so many adventures and realizations I had in this short time, that there’s no way I can cover it all. I had absolutely no language skills coming to the country and now I can communicate basic ideas and actually understand what people are saying. Life in Indonesia went through phases of being weird…

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“Having hosted the Summer Studies Program for over a decade, USINDO was very familiar with interacting with American exchange students. This provided me with a unique understanding of Indonesian interpretations of American life and people, as we had many conversations about how there can be significant environmental and personality differences between Americans based on their…

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“Before I came to Indonesia, I made plans to learn about the culture, the society, and the history of Indonesia. Little did I know, that I would learn so much more than what I had expected. Not only did I learn about the people and the culture, but I also extended my knowledge on the…

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“When I learned of the opportunity to live in Indonesia for the summer, I found that most of my friends and acquaintances lacked even the most basic knowledge of Indonesia from asking me questions such as where it was located on the globe and what language was spoken there. It’s hard to believe how ignorant…

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“The USINDO program allowed me to spend 2.5 months in a country learning about an entirely new culture. It introduced me to a different part of the world through classes, field trips, internships, and living with a host family. This year USINDO partnered with PCMI and it definitely enriched the experience. Everyone involved with the…

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