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The following is a post from Communications and Social Media Intern and Contributing Blogger Mary Kazarian. Mary is an undergraduate at George Mason University studying the Middle East and International Relations and hopes to one day move to her native land of Lebanon.
The news of AUA’s summer programs is spreading! As schools and NGOs prepare for volunteers to begin their work in Indonesia, AUA received news coverage in the city of Indonesia.
An article titled “U.S. Youth Learning About Muslim Life” discusses Americans engaging in Muslim societies and then returning to the United States to share the culture and religion of where they volunteered. Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta will be helping service interns work with schools and NGOs where they will build partnerships and connect with local people.
“This program is aimed to bring comprehensive understanding to the young people of America about the Muslim world in Indonesia,” says Dr. Erwan Agus Purwanto, M.Si Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Release of this news has appeared on numerous Indonesian blogs and other news sites. In translation from one of these articles, “President of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) Bill Kruvant says such an internship program is expected to further increase the knowledge of U.S. citizens to know that there are Muslims all over the world.”
As a result of the coordination between Universitas Gadjah Mada’s Department of International Relations and America’s Unofficial Ambassadors initiative, volunteers will be able to experience a 6-week service program that the service intern can build upon for the rest of their lives.
To learn more about AUA’s Summer Service Program in Indonesia or elsewhere, click here!