Darmasiswa Batch II

Darmasiswa Program is a non-degree scholarship program offered to all students from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Indonesian Language and Indonesian’s culture. The program is organized by the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Students may join the 6 (Six) Months program or the 1 (One) Year program. The Six-Month program is a six-month scholarship program to study Indonesian language in selected Indonesian Higher Education Institutions. The One Year program is a one-year scholarship program to study Indonesian language and Art (traditional music, traditional dance, Indonesian crafts, tourism and culinary programs) in selected Indonesian Higher Education Institutions.


The main purpose of the Darmasiswa program is to promote and increase the interest in the language and culture of Indonesia in the eyes of foreigners, as well as to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries. It can be proved by the number of countries interested in sending students to participate in Darmasiswa.Each year, the students to participate in this program keep increasing, but due to limited funding, each year this program can only hold about 750foreign students. This year, they are not only interested in the arts andculture, but also Indonesia’s culinary. All participants are provided with a place to stay .STP Sahid Pondok Cabe accepted 13 participants from 7 different countries. All these students stay in STP Sahid dormitory.


STP Sahid Pondok Cabe, is located in Tangerang which is at the outskirt of Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. Here you will experience the quiet and simple rural life, witnessing the green scenery of farm field and garden. However, in this area, you are able to find shopping centres, supermarkets, and fitness centre, local and international restaurants.Temperature a year round is 25-34 degree Celsius. The humidity may reach up to 70% in the afternoon.In this Campus, you will find a single building with administration office, library and learning centre located on the first floor. The Dormitory is a level above this administration office. STP Sahid has a cafeteria outside the dormitory building and the Securities are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring the privacy and security of the participants, staffs, and on-campus residents. The Dormitory consists of several rooms that are furnished with twin beds, an air-conditioner, wardrobes, desks and chairs. The dormitory has a living room that is equipped with a television, mini-refrigerator and a complete kitchen set including a microwave. It has internet connection which is available for 24 hours and laundry facilities are also provided in this Campus.


In 2011, STP Sahid Darmasiswa student comes from 7 different countries.

From Russia, we have Galina Kotelnikova. It was an 18 hour flight to reach Jakarta. 3 of the 13 students are from Budapest, Hungary. They are; Janka Szilagyi, Adam Hazi and Tamas Szuhai. It was a 16 hour flight from their Country.

Jakub Grabski, Oleslawa Grzesikowna and Anita Szymkiewicz are from Poland. Zuzana Grittersova is from Vranov nad Topl’ou, Slovakia.

Clancia Kamiha is a student from Madagascar. It was a 21hour flight to reach Jakarta.

We have 3 students from Cambodia; Monich Lougn, Sovannarith Yeun Nikolas and Vor Sarat. These three students have learnt Indonesian Language at the Embassy in their country before departing to Indonesia.

Lastly, Sophie Henry-Henderson is the only and the first student from Dominica to study at Indonesia. It was 26 hour flight to Jakarta.

Sophie Henry-Henderson explained, “Dominica is in the Caribbean. Indonesia isn’t really well-known in Dominica. But since Indonesia diplomatic relationship with Venezuela and Venezuela has a diplomatic relationship with Dominica, the news about the Scholarship got through and a memo was sent to the School I work in.”


Darmasiswa students help each other and look out for each other. Sometimes they do their grocery shopping at Giant or Carrefour via a public transportation, angkot together. They also tried taking the Trans Jakarta bus way to reach to mall destinations.

“I believe that the drivers of an angkot think the passengers are cats that have 9 lives because they drove so carelessly. But going by Trans Jakarta is much better; we’re able to calculate the time to arrive at the destination. Plus it’s air-conditioned!” – Said Galina Kotelnikova (A Darmasiswa student from Russia.)

Another Darmasiswa student, Sovannarith Yeun Nikolas from Cambodia commented: “It was my first experience going somewhere by an angkot. It’s a very nice transportation in Indonesia, the price is very cheap and is able reach to a lot of destinations but the driver never takes caution to the customers and they never obey to the Traffic rules. Going by Trans Jakarta is very nice, it’s clean, and fast and drives well!”


Staying in dormitory is very interesting. Sometimes language becomes a minor problem. One day, a Darmasiswa student was having a problem with the room key then went down to the Security who is always on duty 24 hours to ask for the key. They had miscommunication problem trying to explain the situation, but the security didn’t fully understand. But fortunately another Darmasiswa student helped by explaining by hand gestures, the security understood and the problem was solved.In the dormitory, not only the Darmasiswa stays there but students fromEast Nusa Tenggara (NTT) also stay in the dormitory.These students are from Program Beasiswa Unggulan (PBU). It is a Scholarship program declared by the Ministry of National Education Indonesia that accept graduates from Vocational School (SMK) Kupang District 3 with the requirements of the average value of the National Examination (UN) of at least 7.00.For majoring in Travel Tourism department there are 20 students from High-school and 3 students that are from Vocational Schools. For majoring in Hospitality department there are 33 students from high-school and 12 students from Vocational schools. There are a total of 68graduates of vocational school from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). So the total number of students staying in the dormitory is 81.In the dormitory, it is automatically organized, there are bed room rules decided by each room mates and since the toilet and the refrigerator is shared between us, everyone practices to share, co-operate with each other, and also to practice to be patience and take turns.


The kitchen utilities are always washed after it has been used. Since the Darmasiswa’s culture and rules are completely different from the PBU students from NTT, they slowly capture each other’s culture by trying to understand each other, communicating sometimes in body language or writing notes. Because of language problem, there are times where situation gets minor problematic.All of the students from NTT are active, happy-going early-birds; their daily activity starts by taking a shower as early as 5 a.m. whereas theDarmasiswa students are all still asleep at this time. The Darmasiswaaren’t used to this culture so they feel disturbed but the NTT students think it is normal and weren’t aware that at this time not everyone will be awake.This misunderstanding event was solved by our lecturer Mr Teguh Tri Utomo who is currently in charge of International Students Affairs in STP Sahid.On the positive side, sometimes a student from Darmasiswa mix in with the students from NTT for a casual conversation.


Not all of theDarmasiswa students are able to speak fluent English and only a few knows the Indonesian language. When Darmasiswa’s and NTT students communicate, the conversation can be described as “sendiri-sendiri” –said Feri Faot (an NTT Student living in the dormitory.) Meaning although everyone is in one room talking to each other, neither of our conversation connects, yet they are able to enjoy the moment.Both students from Darmasiswa’s and NTT are slowly learning and understanding each other’s different cultures. The dormitory is a good place to learn how to co-operate and understand each other, about the difference in cultures and religions and different habits. The dormitory is truly enriched with various cultures which gives everyone living here the chance to learn experience and witness the differences of the daily lives and activities from around the world.


By Sahasrakirana Narendradhipa

Darmasiswa Batch III

We are a big family: (left to right)

Zeba is from Bangladesh; she came to study about Tourism.

Vero from Ecuador came to study about Tourism.

Erin from EEUU came to study Culinary.

Vesna from Cambody came to study Bahasa.

Luz from Venezuela came to study Culinary.

Amya from Timor-Leste came to study Culinary.

Sylvain from Canada came to study Culinary.

Saralee from Thailand came to study Culinary.

Maria from Ecuador came to study Tourism

Rodrigo from Chile came to study Culinary.

Our first day at Sahid Institute of Tourism was so good, we cant believe we’re going to have to attend classes with a diverse students from around the world. In just one hour we already know the big multicultural experience we’re going to have this year.


Our life in Sahid was so easy, we didn’t have many things to do; mainly take a rest and learn about the people living with us in the Institution and our classmates, our life were really so peaceful; until she came to our life. Sahid told us we are going to have one more classmate. She is Amandie, our new sister from France. Crazy, wild and so funny; the last piece of our puzzle. With Amandie in our family, finally started the parties and funny things happening in our life.Just like all the families around the world we celebrated the birthdays of our brothers and sisters.


We go out to travel around the city. Sometimes we go to class. We share and learn about other cultures.

Dance, food and music.. What is so common for some of us are new for others. Sometimes we like to go out and enjoy our time with our friends.

And sometimes we just take some rest.Sometimes the lucky guy go out with all the sisters.


And sometimes we go out together. We eat together. Sometimes in a beautiful table with awesome food. And sometimes in the street or on the floor with some nasi goreng. But we always try to eat with our brothers. Here, we learnt the important thing is not where or what we eat, but to share with the family.

We are a family. We talk about our problems. We fight. But we still love each other.

I’m not saying our life in Sahid was boring, but we need some activities to take new air and forget about our problems in our life or at the Institution. So we searched for some activies and a place we could relax our body and make our soul happy.

The first thing we did was to look inside of Sahid, and we found different student clubs. We really enjoyed our time with them, and we learnt too many things, not just about the clubs but also about the Indonesian culture, food and drinks, relgions and politics. 

And more importantly, about how the students think about the life about their projects and dreams. With them, we play soccer, we help people and we also cook.

I will never forget all the things they have taught me and I will be forever grateful with all of them to open the doors of their clubs and their hearts.Thanks so much guys, aku cinta kamu…


For our extra-curricular, we look for more activities outside of campus.

We learn some martial arts.

We visit some Beaches.

We assist to some festivals, and work like jury.

We play with jet-sky and banana boat.

We participated in some conferences and win some competitions.

Travel in a boat to other Islands.

Also, we made some international culinary class at Indonesia University (UI).

We participated in a movie, and we also visit some building under construction.




“Santai” I think its one of the most expression in Bahasa Indonesia I used this year in Sahid. Santai means Relax, enjoy, don’t worry, ect. For you, new Darmasiswa at STP Sahid, don’t be tress bro, just relax yourself and you will see all its better. We already was so stress because the things are not working in a proper way at Sahid. The Darmasiswa group before us was also stress and most probably you will have the same problem like us now.The best thing you can do is to relax and enjoy your time. Think you are not in your country so all the things are working in a different way, sometimes more slowly and sometimes you you’re going think this is freaky and also sometimes insane. But don’t worry, you will survive, try to find your own way to do the things you like to do. Don’t lose your time fighting or crying, its easy to think negatively but its better to think for solutions and ways how to enjoy your time. You’ve already read above all the things we did this year, and that’s just half! We also had big trips such as exploring around Java Island and Bali.When you stop to think all the bad things are happen to you here, you are going to see how a thousand of opportunities to be happy you have around you, so don’t lose your time, don’t be stress and enjoy your life.

Santai bro….


By Rodrigo Silva - Chili

Darmasiswa Student 2012-2013

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