Last but not least, Dana Throssell from The Australian National University undertook a range of regular immersion classes such as ‘Australia-Indonesia Relations’ and ‘Gender, Keluarga, dan Pembangunan’, alongside her INCULS language classes. For her love of sports, she joined the university’s softball team and regularly attended their training sessions which was a good opportunity to practice her Indonesian skills.
Aside from her academic and extracurricular activities, Dana also undertook a placement at the Mitra Wacana Women Resource Center, a grassroots organisation aiming to create a gender-equitable Indonesian society, focusing on the issues of sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women, and human trafficking. Dana was given the opportunity to visit target communities and observe discussions and workshops, to write articles for Mitra Wacana’s website, to present in a series of discussions, and to run English classes for staff members. Speaking about her internship experience, Dana mentions that “it also gave me the opportunity to develop my Indonesian language skills due to use of Indonesian in a professional and casual environment and because much of my work involved reading and writing, especially through translation and editing”.
After students finished up the last of their exams, INCULS held a graduation ceremony that celebrated the students’ hard work and achievements, and awarded them with an UGM pin to officially mark them as UGM alumni.