INSPIRASI is UnionAID’s Indonesian Young Leaders Programme and will run from late June-December each year – starting in 2018 – with ten young leaders from civil society organisations and unions in East Indonesia. The participants will spend six months in Auckland and on trips away, studying English, and participating in a sustainable development programme to support their local work. Participants will complete a fieldwork project in their community when they return home, and develop an alumni network for ongoing support and learning. UnionAID is developing and running the programme, in Auckland, in partnership with AUT University and BaKTI (a support organisation for East Indonesian NGOs). The programme is funded by MFAT (NZ).
INSPIRASI will expose participants to new ideas and institutions in New Zealand, giving them a chance to think critically about the work they do at home and to further their research, evaluation, presentation and communication skills. Participants will work together across ethnic, religious and gender lines to build unity and understanding – with each other, course leaders and presenters, community mentors, host families and UnionAID volunteers.
An important aspect of the programme is living in a New Zealand home – and we are looking for host homes for the 6 months of the programme. The participants’ board is paid for, and hosts who can take an interest in their learning are a huge asset to the programme. Information on hosting a participant is available here, including contact details.