Eleven international students have completed one month teaching practicum in Bandung

Bandung, UPI


“The more we live, the more we love”. Three representative international students said their sad farewell in “A Farewell Ceremony of SEA-Teacher Project 2017” at Bumi Siliwangi Building, Campus of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) Bandung, Friday (10/2). A total of eleven (11) international students have undergone challenging experiences yet meaningful while doing teaching practices in the three UPI’s partner schools: Kidsville School (Gymschool, Playschool, and Kindergarten) Bandung; SMP Labschool UPI Bandung; and Pelita Nusantara School Bandung.

They were very impressed by Indonesian’s warmth, its culture and especially its tasty food. “We really appreciate your kindness. Being here for a month is an unforgettable moment especially when we visited Alun-Alun Bandung, Kawah Putih and Angklung Saung Udjo. Riding angkot or motor makes me feel at home. And Indonesian food is enak bangettt” said Michelle Lopez, a student from University of San Jos- Recoletos, the Philippines who has done teaching practices in Kidsville School, Bandung.

Tears started streaming down when Miriam, a student from Far Eastern University, gave her tearful speech. Although it would be their last meeting, she hoped they could still keep in touch.  The other student from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University Thailand, Wittawat, thanked the supervisors, the mentors, Sahabat OIER, and all of the staff for taking care of them, sharing their knowledge about Indonesia as well as teaching methods and how to manage classrooms. He said that he felt so lucky because he could come here to gain experiences in being a good teacher.

The eleven international students also got acknowledgments. Ms. Nita, a representative of Pelita Nusantara School Bandung, said “Congratulations to all of you who have done the project so well. Hopefully, this experience will be beneficial to you as a professional teacher. Have a safe trip!” Furthermore, Handi Gunawan -the supervisor from English Education Department- and Dr. Vannesa Gaffar –the head of Office of International Education and Relations (OIER) – hoped this project will be continued and many students will be more attracted to join this project. “It is a great pleasure to have you all SEA-Teacher project here in Bandung, one of the famous tourism cities. I’m sorry for the inconvenience and hope all good things you’ve experienced will erase it” said the head of OIER.

“I’m happy to hear all the good things from you, SEA-Teacher students. This project is the way to build a bigger family with ASEAN as the home and we are the members. Well, it is only one thing from so many things you want to do in your life. Hopefully, your valuable experiences here will add your foundation as a good teacher. Give my regards to your family!” said Prof. Dr. Didi Suherdi, M.Ed. In addition, he also said that the evaluation of this project will be held in the Philippines on March 28th.

As the PIC of SEA-Teacher Project, Dr. Didi closed the farewell as well as the SEA-Teacher Project 2017 by quoting Rumah Makan Padang’s motto, “If you find something you do not like, tell us. If you find something you like, tell others” – If you dislike something from UPI, tell us. But if you find something from UPI, tell others-.

By Rifa Rahmania Syarifah


UPI has sent-off participants of SEA-Teacher and Language Assistant 2017

Bandung, UPI

Vice Chancellor of Academic and Students Affairs of UPI, Prof. Dr. Asep Kadarohman, M.Si has delegated 12 students as the participants of SEA-Teacher Project Batch 3 in the Philippine and Thailand, Wednesday (11/1), at meeting room on third floor of UPI’s University Center building.

The students participating in this program consist of Dea Rizki Ananda (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), Ghea Flasentika (Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, Thailand), Irfan Taofik (Far Eastern University, Filipina), Maidiati (Khon Kaen University, Thailand), Ilham Zaini Rahman (Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand), Nadya Nikki Gadizoraya (Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand), Trias Teguh Rahayu (Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, Thailand), Larasati Maulida (Songkhla Rajabhat University, Thailand), Sofia Galuh Mutiara (Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand), Lestari Yuni Aningsi Kudadiri (Phranakhon Rajabhat University, Thailand), Mutiara Syifa (Suratthani Rajabhat University, Thailand), and Hanifah Putri Darmawanti (Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University, Thailand).

Prof. Dr. Didi Suherdi, M.Ed., as the PIC of SEA-Teacher Project said, “We are actually thankful to SEAMEO (South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization) which had given us the chance to join this program. If we planned to send 12, we had to accept 12, too. We are supposed to send 23 students, but Thailand and the Philippines have not been prepared to accept as many as we prepared and only able to send their 12 students.”

In this session, 9 alumni of UPI are also sent-off to attend a different program which is Language Assistant 2017 in Australia. The involved participants are Putri Maulida Saktiwi (Castlemaine North Primary School), Rika Karlina Permatasari (Bellarine Secondary College), Siti Sopiah (Kyneton Secondary College), Alifa Mariani Soerianingrat (Belmont High School), Fadhil Mochsin Faisal Alhadi (Wodonga Senior Secondary College), Imelda Wahyuni Husein (Brunswick North West Primary School), Iva Laela Syifa (Lilydale West Primary School), Muhammad Iqbal Nurfikri (Warrnabool College), and Suci Maharani (Camperdown College Senior Campus).

In that occasion, the dean of FPBS, Prof. Dr. H. Syihabuddin, M.Pd., said, “There is one thing which made me proud, that you will have chances to achieve as much experience as possible there. Since the program is Language Assistants, or we can say the program of ‘auxiliary teachers’, we have to put ourselves with our knowledge as their helper. However, it is not just helping. The important thing is to train the participants in arranging the teaching plans. We also have to draw our strategies in order to improve our teaching experience, certainly.

“You may ask questions to the experts there and perhaps by that chance we can have discussion with them. When you have a hardship and cannot handle it, you may tell it to them. Furthermore, you may seek special experiences as many as you can since it can be very useful for yourselves, especially for your next generation’s lesson to have real impression and global knowledge.” Prof. Syihabuddin added.

This program is initiated by SEAMEO, which aspired to be a facilitator for ASEAN college students experiencing abroad teachings, in other ASEAN countries. Therefore, when MEA program has been successfully implemented, to take teaching offers will be not so hard. As a matter of fact, UPI intends to improve their students’ international mobility since in today global wisdom people are demanded to have much abroad experiences.

Translated from: http://berita.upi.edu/?p=12145

by Nadya Mufida Ulfa