”Narai Kabar? Ikau Uluh Hetu?” (How are you? Are you from here?) Those native Dayak Ngaju words always sound familiar in my ears every time I pass by the crowd of people in the village where I now live. I am a participant of the Indonesia - Canada Youth Exchange Program, or also known as the Canada World Youth.
It’s a program sponsored by the Canada World Youth under the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in cooperation with the Indonesian government under the supervision of the Youth and Sports Ministry. The exchange program aims to bridge cultural differences between Canadian and Indonesian youths that participate.
There are nine Canadians and nine Indonesians paired up as counterparts together as teams that will be participating in the program’s projects in the host communities. The CIDA-sponsored program has been ongoing for 35 years, enjoying st...