The Global Education Experiences (GlobEEs) Program is a collaborative program between Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) and Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU), Taiwan. The aim is to make participating students familiar with education and culture in other countries. We invite any other interested universities or colleges to join us. Please make contact!
The inaugural 2013 Program was successfully held at UKSW, Indonesia, from 2 to 14September 2013. The theme of the program was “Youth and Social Responsibilities” and it provided both academic and cultural experiences, such as lectures and cultural presentations, community service, field studies and excursions. Each university sent 10 students and a leader to participate.
The lectures were held on the UKSW campus which is located in Salatiga, Central Java. The participants were given an abundance of oral information and written material about Indonesia – lifestyle and culture, education, economy, tourism, and waste management. To follow up on the lectures, field studies were undertaken and visits arranged to, for example, companies as well as an NGO which manufactures products from recycled material.
In order to give the students a better understanding of how Indonesian people live, the participants visited Indonesian families to have dinner with them. They were also invited by the Mayor of Salatiga to meet him and his family for dinner. Further, the GlobEEs participants visited an elementary school to do community service by teaching the pupils about Taiwanese culture, thus there was cultural exchange between the participants and the local community in Salatiga as well.
It would not have been a complete program if the participants had not gone on excursions to well known and popular places in Indonesia! Thus they visited the Bromo Mountain, the Borobudur Temple, the UllenSentalu Museum, the famous Malioboro shopping street in Yogyakarta and they also went to Solo for batik making practice.
On the last day of the program, all students took part in a cultural performance night. They danced, sang, and talked about their country in front of an enthusiastic audience.
The inaugural GlobEEs program was an inspiring event. We hope it will grow and develop even further in the future.
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