The Australia Indonesia Youth Association South Australia (AIYA SA) was established in mid 2013, and currently holds active members from Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia, along with several recent graduates and young professionals working throughout South Australia.
AIYA SA has since been able to host a range of exciting and inspiring events including language exchanges, as well as social and networking events.
Feel free to send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Christina Mathieson – President
Christina is a student at Flinders University where she is studying International Relations and Languages.
Christina’s interested in Indonesia began when she learnt about Indonesian language and culture at school, an area which she continued to study at uni. Her interest was invigorated in 2018 when she visited Indonesia for the first time on a three week performing arts trip in Yogyakarta. This inspired her to complete a semester exchange in Yogyakarta with ACICIS in 2019. While there she studied Indonesian and International Relations at UGM. She is now beginning an honors year with a research focus on bilateral relations between Australia and Indonesia.
Christina has previously been involved with AIYA SA as a member and as a committee member. She has also had the priviledge to work with schools in Australia and Indonesia to speak to children about Indonesian studies and Australian culture respectively.
Bayan Yadzani – Events Officer
Bayan is an MBA student at the University of Adelaide, specializing in international trade and development. He also studies Indonesian with the University of New England and recently completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology and International Relations at Flinders University.
As a 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholar, Bayan went on exchange to Parahyangan University in Bandung. There, he volunteered as AIYA Jawa Barat’s Professional Development Officer for which he shared scholarship, program and networking opportunities with members and hosted workshops to enhance professional skills. While his exchange was cut short due to the pandemic, Bayan was able to make lifelong friendships and memories while in-country, and continued his connection with Indonesia through ACICIS’ Development Studies Professional Practicum, where he interned for Australia Awards Indonesia.
Bayan looks forward to continuing his ongoing engagement with the Australia-Indonesia space through AIYA and a career in international development or diplomacy. Having already visited Jakarta many times, Kawah Putih, Yogyakarta, Bali, Timor and several villages around Bandung in West Java, Bayan hopes to return to Indonesia one day to explore Sumatra, Kalimantan Lombok and Papua!
Last Updated 28 January 2021.