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Indonesia Field Trip: Environmental & Cultural Conservation

Are you a domestic Australian student:

  • over 18 years old;
  • with space in your Bachelor degree (or concurrent Diploma) for 0.125 EFTSL elective credit;
  • who has not previously been granted a New Colombo Plan (NCP) short-term mobility grant?

Are you interested in travelling to Indonesia to learn more about our cultural conservation, environmental heritage, and sustainable tourism from the perspective of Indonesia – the world’s third largest democratic nation, with a diverse population 11 times bigger than Australian, inhabiting a land mass that is 4 times smaller?

Then the following field trip program (which has NCP mobility funding available for eligible students) is for you!

Jakarta + Sumatra  (28 June – 12 July 2019)

On this program you will complete a 2-week field trip that examines, from an Indonesian perspective, issues such as deforestation, environmental change, urban development and displacement of marginalised communities. You will visit Jakarta for the first week and then Sumatra island for the second week. You will spend a lot of time with Indonesian university students to build close relationships and to gain local perspectives. The program is hosted by International Internships, a provider of educational field trips and internships with more than 14 years’ experience in Indonesia. For further information, and to see videos from our previous see: RUILI Cultural and Environmental Conservation Field Trip (YouTube).

Highlights include

Jakarta: Government bodies; multinational environmental NGOs (e.g. Centre for International Forestry Research, The Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation); Islamic centres; technology hubs and some of Indonesia’s most successful start-ups.

Sumatra: Palm oil production and associated issues; deforestation; trekking and rafting in the national park; experiencing and learning about village life; learning about reforestation attempts and taking part in replanting damaged forest.

How to participate

1. Check with your College/Faculty if you still have an elective left in your current degree.

2. Register Now

(Registration closes on 15 May 2019. Please register asap as spots are limited.)

3. Await confirmation of your application and your enrolment in HUM107 at UTAS, together with advice about next steps.

Who can participate?

It is open to all students and you don’t need to have Indonesian language skills to attend this program. As part of this Field Trip, all students will need to enrol in a 0.125 EFTSL introductory unit of study (HUM107 Bringing the World Back Home). International students also can enrol, but unfortunately, is not eligible for the Scholarships.

What are the costs

  1. Tuition: Students will enrol in a 0.125 EFTSL unit of study (HUM107 Bringing the World Back Home) that is credited to their degree and for which HECS charges apply.
  2. Program fee: $2100 (includes all accommodation, land transportation, most meals and materials on course).
  3. Return flights to Indonesia + domestic flights: approximately $1200, and can be more or less depending on the time of booking.
  4. Insurance & vaccinations: Covered under UTAS student insurance if travelling only for this program (and not for extra personal travel); some out-of-pocket costs for vaccination/s may be required.
  5. Spending money: dependent on individual (suggested to bring at least $200).

Funding and Scholarships (only for domestic students)

New Colombo Plan Mobility Scholarships* of $3000 may be available to eligible students: See RUILI Fees and Grants. You will be automatically assessed for eligibility when you apply for the program – no separate application is necessary. Part of this scholarship will be used to pay the program fee mentioned above.

Financial assistance is also available through OS Help Loan*. Check the eligibility and conditions and apply if it suits your needs. (For more details refer to the Commonwealth Government's guidelines).


100% of students that completed the program in 2018 said that they would recommend it. Here is some advice they offered:

“The program is one of the most valuable things you will ever do. It will change the way you see yourself, and the way you think about Indonesia. You can trust International Internships to provide a fascinating program.”

“I would say that not a single moment went by that wasn't useful or educational. From the language to the behaviour, the culture to the landscape, the food to the bugs and the presentations to the downtime, we were constantly learning and broadening our world views. We gained a fantastically detailed insight into not only the issues of the palm oil plantation, but of all the environmental strategies, organisations, and economic incentives that are in place to protect the biodiverse environment of indonesia. This, coupled with our cultural immersion and partnership with local students, provided us with an amazing experience that has taught us countless life and communication skills, an intensive arsenal of knowledge and a group of timeless and international friendships.”

“I would say it is the most amazing trip and totally exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much and the entire team is so supportive and so much fun to be around, it is such a genuine program. The program has really sparked a love for Indonesia and the people living there that I didn’t know I had before.”

“I would say that the program is incredibly useful for personal development, forming new relationships and employability. The experiences such as planting fruit trees in the buffer zone and simply experiencing living in a different country allow for the development of ones independence and better understanding as well as affirmation of beliefs and values. The opportunity to experience the culture and meet with new people in a novel environment allowed for the development of close friendships that would otherwise have unlikely been formed due to the variety of faculties individuals on the trip people come from. The trip was also a great experience to learn about developing and future employment opportunities outside of Australia.”

“My world view has been altered, this trip was designed so well with many learning opportunities which I will carry with me for the rest of my life”

“It was such good fun, and I really feel it’s changed my perspective on Indonesia and specific issues such as palm oil. A fantastic trip!”