I liked staying in Heather’s house together with Doti and Julie. During my 2 night stay there Heather asked us about our experience in Adelaide, and then continued to the religion issue. It is good for me to explain as a Muslim about my hijab and talk about Muslim lifestyle. By doing this, I hope I can give a deeper perception about Muslims in Indonesia. Heather has 2 dogs, Sally and Mustard. It was a nice experience for me how to see both the dogs were very close to me. They even stood next to my chair during our conversation.
It was fantastic to have such a huge authentic Indonesian input to our market this year- the line-up for the great food from our stalls contributed to the record level of funds raised for our Asian Community Aid project. The presence of Flinders Uni Indonesian students at the market and in the classrooms has further enhanced the BRIDGE and strengthened links we are building between our community and Indonesia. Not to mention the wonderful opportunities for we teachers and some brave students to practise our Indonesian language in an authentic sense and environment - thanks and hope we can do more together again soon!

The families were extremely hospitable in opening up their homes for us, were interested in our studies and treated us like we were part of the family. We really appreciated the warm reception and were excited about experiencing the country island lifestyle. The Asian markets blew me away. I didn't know how large the event was and it was very encouraging to see the whole community get behind the markets and enjoy being a part of the Asian cultural atmosphere on the day.
The trip as a whole was fun, even if it rained a lot of the time. Through it, I have made lots of new friends, both from the visitors on the trip and some of the locals on KI, enjoyed lots of Asian food and was able to practice conversing in Indonesian. Visiting a school that teaches Indonesian with such a large Asian focus has given me more enthusiasm to teach Indonesian and further my studies. I enjoyed the trip and visiting KICE so much that I have organised to do my next teaching practicum there and am looking forward to it immensely.
I had a lot of fun by spending time with our group, enjoying beautiful places with unfriendly weather, cooking and sharing the food, and having meal together as a family in the middle of nowhere. The most interesting thing about the food is when we had to eat rice using our bare hands since we ran out of spoons. It was ok for Indonesians but it became a problem for Australians because it is not common for them to do that. That was a part of learning another culture, doing unusual things.

Having a lunch together with the tour groups in the middle of the journey reminds me a lot of my annual family’s “mudik lebaran (homecoming)” journey which eventually I couldn’t have it this year due to my study in Australia. Eating the same meal which has been cooked before has grown the feeling of “kekeluargaan (familiness)” among groups. It feels great to have new family in Australia. Thanks!

One of several issues that most language learners experience in learning a foreign language is the limited access to practise the target language. Thus, the trip to Kangaroo Island that involved Indonesian post-grad students and local students of Indonesian language was very valuable, particularly in understanding about the culture of both countries and providing access to help local students practice their Indonesian language with native speakers.