Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, History and Political Science
Reason for Joining VIA: I joined VIA because the organization has an excellent track record of connecting people of different cultures to provide cross-cultural experiences. I am very interested in the Javanese culture, particularly the arts, and Yogyakarta is rich with opportunities to experience the arts.
Goals for the year: To help my students improve their English language skills, learn more about the Javanese and Indonesian culture, celebrate Hari Raya Waisak at Borobudur, visit Klaten to see the production of gamelan instruments and improve my Indonesian and Javanese language skills.
The fellow teaches English and service learning at the university.
UGM is Indonesia's oldest and most prestigious universities. With 55,000 students, UGM is also Indonesia's largest university.
The Special Region of Yogyakarta, where UGM is located, is one of the smallest provinces in Indonesia and has been widely known as a center of Javanese culture as well as a center of learning. It has 3,400,000 inhabitants, 511,000 of whom reside in the city of Yogyakarta. Its designation as a center of learning is marked by the existence of 120 state and private tertiary educational institutions, with a student population of over 300,000