Indonesian Young Leaders Programme (INSPIRASI)

Indonesia Young Leaders Programme


INSPIRASI is UnionAID’s Indonesian Young Leaders Programme for young civil society leaders in Eastern Indonesia. Each year 10 participants are selected from a range of CSOs in Eastern Indonesia to spend six months in New Zealand learning about community organising, good governance, Maori development and the Treaty of Waitangi, environmental management, gender justice and skills for NGOs and sustainable development and improving their English language competence.

2018 INSPIRASI students with Programme Manager Laila Harré

The programme is based at AUT University and includes 3 months of English language training.  A range of trips and visits to other organisations and parts of New Zealand are included and participants have support to explore their own special interests in Sustainable Development.   Participants will complete a fieldwork project in their community when they return home and join an alumni network for ongoing support and learning.

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.

The INSPIRASI programme is funded by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of it’s Aid Programme in Indonesia.  The programme is managed and run by UnionAID in partnership with AUT University in Auckland and BaKTI (a knowledge-sharing organisation for East Indonesian NGOs) in Indonesia.

INSPIRASI partners:


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