I am hosting BEBESEA I’Migrant podcast weekly in March 2021. I'Migrant podcast is dedicated to highlighting the stories of migrants and advocates as well as cross-cutting human rights issues across East and Southeast Asia. The I’migrant podcast is an initiative of BEBESEA network, Better Engagement Between East and Southeast Asia. BEBESEA is a cross-regional platform for migrants, their loved ones, supporters and advocates in and from these regions to build a stronger network and collaboration among individuals and civil society actors cross-regionally in order to advocate for better protection of human rights and inclusive and safe governance of migration. You can find BEBESEA on social media platforms, instargram, twitter and facebook.
This episode is a part of a series focusing on Covid-19’s impact on migrant workers in their major destinations in East and Southeast Asia, following up the cross-regional joint research conducted as part of BEBESEA initiative. Throughout this series, we will host this podcast with the coordinator of this research to hear from each field researcher
Indonesia/Germany - Many Indonesians dream of travelling around the world on the high seas to support their families. At the Indonesian Seamen's Club in Hamburg, people who have put this into practice, meet regularly and for whom the port city has become a second home.
Hamburg is considered the centre of international container trade and the 'gateway to the world'. It is one of the major port cities where Indonesian seafarers also take a break on land. For some, the port city has become home.
In the midst of pandemic and social distance restrictions, I was invited to speak about my experience as student living in Germany and sharing my experience regarding my scholarship from German political foundation. I was thrilled to share my experience with the youth at the ACT Global CIC through its Instagram platform live.
It was a great opportunity for me to return back what I have learned and gained from ACT Global CIC.
I have a long personal story with Erasmus+. It begun with my annoyance of boredomness during my bachelor time. The 2012 was the year I was serving Student Senate as one of the department coordinators. I was looking for something more impactful and at the same time more internationally connected. Through my network, I finally got to know ACT Global - Bali and England based and funded by Erasmus+, which focuses on youth development, international exchange and social cohesion.
Through ACT Global, my dream doing international exchange was made possible. I was teamed up with two other representatives, who are now my best friends. We were sent to United Kingdom in 2014 for a youth and environment project called EVS Radioactive (European Voluntary Service) for almost a month, which enabled us to explore London, Leeds and Manchester. There, we met 30 other youths coming from different European countries participating the project.
Not long after I though I already concluded my work with ACT Global, ACT Global again contacted me to participate several other projects in Wales and Malta. As though I already moved to Germany in 2016, my participation with Erasmus+ has been even more possible. The project was a competence-based training courses in Cultural Competence Development and Tools for Coaching Young People through mediated knowledge in a non-formal scheme. Not only that it allowed me to acquire intercultural, communication, coaching competences, it was also a great opportunity for me to reflect on my personal development as youth and how am I to make about impactful change to my peers, around my community, society and the world we live in. The projects helped me to ask critical questions on my personal development and its relation to others: what is my purpose? am I conscious in which stage of life I am now? What progress have I made? What are my options? Which one of these that I value the most? How could I held the commitment to pursue that purpose? Since then, I was curious about my rediscovery, my present and future, my meaning, value and purpose. Now, how can I empower others to reflect on such questions, encouraging them to their self-discovery?
Erasmus+ is game changer and I am forever grateful to have gone with my personal development through Erasmus+ youth projects. My time with Erasmus+ does not stop from those projects and still continuing up to today with other exciting projects in project management.
Music is a universal language. It breaks distance and time boundaries
Just as much as the quote speaks to me, music is also one of my biggest passions. In my first year living in Hamburg, I was so ready to look for a music group, where I could sustain this longstanding passion and continuously engaged. Early 2017, I was elated to get to know the orchestra group together with fellow Indonesian diaspora in Hamburg. Angklung Hamburg Orchestra is an orchestra group performing Indonesia's traditional music instrument made out of bamboo. Since then, Angklung practice every Sunday has been part of my unbreakable routine.
In the same year, the group was preparing for its grand charity concert responding the humanitarian crisis in Syria. For it was the first concert in which I was partly performing, it was also the year that I first learn the instrument. Despite the challenges, I had so much fun playing different types of music as well as getting to know such inspiring people. The Angklung in Concert sold all the online tickets prior the event and all tickets on spot on the day concert. We raised more than €4000 and donated all the total amount to Islamic Relief Hamburg for the humanitarian response in Syria. We can't thank the performers, organisers, supporters, the General of Indonesian Consulate in Hamburg as well as the audience who were there and made this memorable concert possible.