On February 14, 2020, UPI sent 30 students as the participants for Program PPL Luar Negeri Sekolah Indonesia Luar Negeri (PPL-LN SILN). Before departure, the participants undergo a pre-departure orientation to check and enhance the participant’s knowledge before heading to their destination country.
Sekolah Indonesia Luar Negeri or Indonesian Foreign Schools (SILN) are schools established by Indonesia Ministry of National Education. These schools are under the management of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) or the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI). These schools apply Indonesian education system and curriculum, but each school has different characteristics due to adaptation to the local culture. The participants will participate as a teacher in these schools for 2 months, and the subjects taught are in accordance with the participant’s expertise.
“This program is one of the ways to introduce international experiences to our students,” said Ahmad Bukhori Muslim, Ph.D., the Head of Office of International Education and Relations (OIER) on his welcome remarks. The students will not only have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class, but also learn to adapt to new environments and cultures.
The orientation was given by the Section Head of International Program Implementation of OIER UPI, Cep Ubad Abdullah, M.Pd.. Some topics that were presented are: flight and airport issue, security, health, financial, preparation, local research, electronics, luggage and packing, and also cultural hospitality. He also shared some experiences including the tips and tricks that might be helpful for all the participants.
(Writer: Ghina Aulia Saffanah, Editor: Aida Hasanah)