Souhaila Guedira/ Morocco

Indonesia is a beautiful and large country and rich of history, culture, food, amazing landscapes, and kind people. I had the chance to visit many places and regions in central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, and Lombok. It was a little bit hard for me in the beginning to handle the cultural shock, the differences, and being dependent on others for transportation, communications with locals, etc. But I think I get used to it after that and I am really satisfied and thankful for the people I met here to make this trip an unforgettable and amazing experience for me. I experienced a warm welcoming atmosphere, very kind and helpful people, funny, joyful, offering help to make me feel comfortable and enjoy my stay here. (Souhaila)

Lorenzo Difrancescantonio

I feel very happy to have taken part in this internship program. I embrace all of the positive and negative experiences I had in Indonesia because they taught me something new. I think that I will be flying back to Europe as a more open, understanding, culturally rich, and overall better person. I also have more friends now and connections in Indonesia which I will be happy to come back to in the future. Ultimately, I feel very proud of the impact that I could make on the students whom I have presented to as they were always happy to have the chance to talk to me and they always accepted me very warm and welcoming manner. (Lorenzo)

Garettd Griffith - USA

I loved my experience at UMP because I felt welcomed from the very first moment I arrived. A lot of effort was put forth to make the cultural differences easier to adjust to. I was given opportunities to make friends and practice Bahasa Indonesia as much as I was willing to. Even though my Indonesian was horrible at the beginning it improved quickly with support from so many people. Living in Indonesia, especially Purwokerto was significantly different from my life in America, but I preferred the experience I had over if I had stayed in a more "Western" style accommodation.  There is a lot to get used to, but with how enthusiastic everyone is to understand you and to help you learn the Indonesian culture you come to enjoy every moment. (Garettd)


Sareena Ameer - New Zealand


My stay at UMP was amazing. The environment, culture and the people made me feel so welcome in such a foreign country. Everyone was so welcoming and always willing to offer a hand to help. I've never met such lovely and friendly people. It was definitely a once in a life time experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone willing to set out of their comfort zone and experience a totally new yet trilling adventure.  You learn so much about the people, the culture and the language it's honestly an eye opener. (Sareena)

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