Learning Area Leader Languages, Rebecca Gregory was recently chosen to be one of only fifteen Australians selected to attend the Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY) 2015.
During a rigorous selection process, Rebecca was required to submit a CV and detailed application, and attend two SKYPE interviews.
CAUSINDY, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is a bilateral event designed to give 30 young leaders from Australia and Indonesia the opportunity to work together to build a stronger relationship between the two nations.
The theme for this year’s conference was to promote innovative ways to expand the bilateral relationship — looking at the history of the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and finding ways to engage local communities.
Representatives included journalists, lawyers, an interpreter for the Indonesian President, human rights advocates and aid workers. Rebecca was the only representative selected from the education sector.
The conference involved a number of panels and cultural activities.
“There are career opportunities in so many different sectors that our students wouldn’t have dreamed of.”
“There are so many opportunities that learning Indonesian can bring. From journalism, aid and development to forestry and online businesses.”
Rebecca said that the networking opportunities at the conference were invaluable, and she hopes to be able to used these connections to assist students seeking a pathway that will utilise their Indonesian language skills and interests.
“My intention is to help our students have access to this network of professionals.”
Old Collegian, Heath Jamieson, who has pursued his interest in Indonesian studies beyond Braemar, was involved in organising the conference.
Rebecca is looking forward to bringing the knowledge, connections and inspiration she gained from the conference, into the classroom.