Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia overseas immersion experience

Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Pilot Program

​​The Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia (VYL Indonesia) Pilot Program offers a six-week language and cultural overseas immersion program for 40 Year 9 students and accompanying teachers in 2019.

Students taking part in the program will experience Indonesian culture by attending a local school and visiting places of cultural significance. They will have the chance to form lifelong friendships and networks with their Indonesian peers.

Students will develop skills and confidence that will support them as future leaders in an increasingly interconnected world.

Why get involved?

The program will:

  • build students' intercultural understanding and ability to effectively engage with people from other cultures through the development of personal relationships with their Indonesian peers
  • develop students' Indonesian language abilities and inspire language study through to VCE
  • develop students' global citizenship and leadership capabilities.​

What is the VYL Indonesia Pilot Program?

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program is facilitated by the Department of Education and Training (the Department). It brings together students and teachers from selected Victorian schools to participate in the program, made up of three phases: ​

  • pre-departure phase, which prepares students and accompanying teachers for the program. This phase focuses on building country-specific knowledge about Indonesia, developing intercultural capability, managing cultural adjustment and student welfare, and setting expectations for the overseas​ cultural immersion component 
  • six-week overseas immersion program, which includes being hosted by a local school in Indonesia, improving Indonesian languge skills, developing friendships with Indonesian peers (including student buddies) and undertaking a range of excursions exploring Indonesian history and culture
  • post-program phase, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and successes of participating students and teachers, facilitates reflection and sharing of learning to sustain the skills developed, promote the program to other students and teachers, and support continued engagement with Indonesia.

Expressions of interest for the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Program (travelling in September / October 2019) have now closed​.

While the exact format and design of this pilot program is still being finalised, in order to give interested schools enough time to plan ahead, we are seeking expressions of interest prior to the end of this school year.

To learn more see 'Principals and Teachers' tab ​on this webpage above.

Getting involved in the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Pilot Program

The Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia (VYL Indonesia) Pilot Program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime, six-week overseas immersion for 40 Year 9 students and accompanying teachers in 2019. 

The program aims to develop a deeper understanding of Indonesia, its people and its culture whilst building participants' Indonesian language, intercultural capability and student leadership skills.

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in Indonesia, visit local attractions and sights, and form lifelong friendships with their Indonesian peers. It also combines language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills.​

The initiative contributes to making Victoria the Education State by equipping all students, regardless of their background or circumstance, with the personal and practical skills to live the lives they want to live, and get the jobs they need.

This exciting new initiative is based on the award-winning Victorian Young Leaders to China Program​ which has enabled over 1400 students and 150 ​teachers to live, learn and explore in China.

Benefits for students

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program is a life-changing overseas immersion experience in which students combine language and cultural learning with accelerated personal and leadership development.

Students will return with a heightened understanding of contemporary Indonesia, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Students will also return with an increased confidence and have developed a broader, international perspective on their future careers.

Benefits for teachers

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program also offers significant benefits to teachers, including:

  • increased critical and analytical approaches to professional practice
  • enhanced knowledge about teaching and learning in a school overseas
  • new knowledge and skills for international people-to-people engagement
  • improved capacity to build international partnerships
  • new insights about and understanding of the social and cultural diversity of Indonesia
  • increased knowledge and intercultural understanding  
  • a desire for further personal and professional learning.

Benefits for schools

The program offers unique benefits to schools, including:

  • significantly strengthening Indonesian langauge teaching
  • an improved ability to embrace diversity in partnership with the broader local community
  • ​building pride and confidence in schools within the community
  • providing students and teachers with a lived experience of global learning and engagement
  • offering the opportunity to exchange and learn from Indonesian school
  • ​building pride and confidence in schools within the community.

Program options and key dates

Application TypeSchool application
Program Duration6 weeks in Indonesia
​​Travel Dates​September / October 2019
Key Dates​Expression of interest applications for 2019 have now closed. Successful schools will be notified in late Term 4, 2018.
Contact Information​Email: vyl.indonesia@edumail.vic.gov.au

Costs

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents contributing $3,000 per student and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs*. To reduce the effect of disadvantage, over a third of places will be fully-funded by the Department for students whose parent / guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

The Department will fund core program costs for the accompanying teacher. Schools will fund teacher replacement costs and contingency funds for medical or daily expenses in-country.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports, token gifts and spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students their parents / guardians and teachers.

*Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance 
  • accommodation, meals, activities and excursions in Indonesia
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

​Schools are responsible for collecting the $3,000 co-contribution from parents/students, to be paid to the Department (or their representative) for program delivery.

How to apply 

Expressions of interest ​for the 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Program (travelling in September / October 2019) have now closed.

While the exact format and design of this pilot program is still being finalised, in order to give interested schools enough time to plan ahead, we are seeking expressions of interest prior to the end of this school year.

The application form for the 2019 program is available below and must be submitted via ​email to: vyl.indonesia@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information, see:​

  1. VYL Indonesia Information for Principals and Teachers PDF 2.72mb 
  2. VYL Indonesia Application Form and Fact Sheet Word 659kb 

Promotional Material

Promotional marketing material will be shortly made available to help you promote the program to your school community. 

For further enquiries, email: vyl.indonesia@edumail.vic.gov.au

Getting Involved​ in the 2019 VYLC

The Victorian Young Leaders to China (VYLC) Program is award winning, six-week in-country immersion program for Year 9 stu​dents, designed to help prepare them to live and work as global citizens and future leaders in a more inter-connected world.

The program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers to live and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with persona​l development and leadership skills, the program focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.

To provide flexibility and enc​ourage wide participation across Government, Catholic and Independent schools, three program options are available in 2019.

  1. ​​State-Wide Program
  2. ​​Sister School Partnership Program
  3. Overseas Language Study Grant Program​

Live, learn and explore in Indonesia  

The Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia (VYL Indonesia) Pilot Program is a life-changing opportunity, where students live and attend school in Indonesia. Comprising six weeks of intensive language and cultural learning, students will experience daily life as an Indonesian student and discover Indonesia's thriving culture.

Information for parents and students

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program is a once-in-a-lifetime, six-week overseas immersion program for Year 9 students, designed to prepare them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an increasingly interconnected global community.

For students studying Indonesian, the immersive nature of the program accelerates Indonesian language learning and abilities. The culturally rich program can have a transformative impact on student learning back at home and broaden possibilities for a future career with an international focus.

Beyond study, students will get a chance to explore the sights and sounds of Indonesia, encompassing both traditional and contemporary culture.

In-country highlights

A typical school week may include:

  • Indonesian language classes
  • cultural classes
  • attending local classes, such as maths, science, music, arts, P.E. etc.
  • excursions to local attractions and cities.

Benefits

By taking part in the program, students will return with a heightened appreciation of contemporary Indonesia, its culture and history, and its educational and political landscape. Past students from the wider Victorian Young Leaders Program have returned with greater confidence and developed a broader, international perspective on their future careers.

Benefits for students include:

  • improved language skills and confidence, including written and spoken language abilities
  • exciting opportunity to practice Indonesian conversational skills with locals
  • student leadership skills, including interpersonal skills, public-speaking skills and inspiring confidence and self-sufficiency in unfamiliar environments
  • ​improved global citizenship, including by exploring community engagement opportunities
  • feeling a sense of achievement
  • growing confidence and independence as a young adult.

Costs

The VYL Indonesia Pilot Program is funded through a co-contribution model, with parents contributing $3,000 per student and the Department funding the balance of the core program costs*. To reduce the effect of disadvantage, over a third of places will be fully-funded by the Department for students whose parent / guardian holds a current healthcare or pensioner concession card naming the student.

The Department will fund core program costs for the accompanying teacher. Schools will fund teacher replacement costs and contingency funds for medical or daily expenses in-country.

Any incidental costs (e.g. passports, token gifts and spending money) are the responsibility of the participating students their parents / guardians and teachers.

*Core program costs include:

  • pre-departure and post program phases
  • travel arrangements, including return airfares, visas and insurance 
  • accommodation, meals, activities and excursions in Indonesia
  • student uniform and curriculum materials.

Schools are responsible for collecting the $3,000 co-contribution from parents/students, to be paid to the Department (or their representative) for program delivery.

How to apply

Contact your school to learn how you can apply.

Promotional materials

Promotional materials for students and parents will be made available shortly.

For further enquiries, email: vyl.indonesia@edumail.vic.gov.au

Last Update: 20/11/2018 5:07 PM