It is our pleasure to proudly present to you all our country and nation, Indonesia.
Let us welcome you to the wonderful Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago filled with diverse cultures deeply immersed within our nation. Indonesia has tons of stories to tell, all of which we can’t wait to share with you and the rest of the world.
We have 17 local committees of SCOPE and 14 local committees of SCORE that are more than ready to welcome you and provide you with the best exchange experience ever!
Once you are here and feel the real deal of even one of our story, we believe it is adequate to make you hooked on the idea of coming back here :)
Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, has made The Republic of Indonesia as the largest archipelago in the world comprising 13,466 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (or better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands) and Papua.
Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia which is taught in schools and spoken on television and radio. Most Indonesians today speak at least two languages or more, Bahasa Indonesia and their local language, of which Indonesia counts more than 300 regional languages.
Various primary health cares (PUSKESMAS) in Indonesia
Public and private hospitals
Most of the medical school required their students to pass all of the subjects in 3.5 years to obtain the degree of Sarjana Kedokteran (Bachelor of Medicine). And after those long 3.5 years the students can choose to continue doing clinical rotation if they want to be a practitioner for 2 years. After then the students passed the national examinations for Indonesian doctors (UKMPPD), they are finally granted the degree of dr. (Medical Doctor) and can finally be called a 'real' doctor.
Although Indonesia is still a developing country, we have the a variety amount of transportation that can be use at your convenience. Our main airport in Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the southeast Asia. We have an established transportation of your choices, you can go by air, water, or land.
You can go almost practically everywhere in Indonesia if you choose to go by air since in each provinces we have at least one airport. Indonesia used to be a maritime nations so we have plenty of harbors you can use to travel, although we only recommend this for straits passing only. For the land transportation, we have a railway systems that can take you to most cities in Java Island. We have also a bus system that you can use to travel anywhere since it's the cheapest way to travel around yet the longest.
For more information, just visit: Indonesia's Local Transportation
One of our most famous tourist attractions is Bali, “the world's best island resort” with its enchanting culture, beaches, dynamic dances and music.
Apart from that, Indonesia still has many magnificent places to be explored. Make sure you won't miss the experiences of our marine lives, mountains and craters, beaches, lakes, forests and wildlifes, valleys and canyons, rivers and waterfalls (though one lifetime would not be enough to explore Indonesia’s natural wonders!)
More information: http://www.indonesia.travel/en/experience/natural
- Indonesia is a hugely diverse nation.
- It is made up of over 17,500 islands (6,000 of which are inhabited) which are home to over 300 ethnic groups.
- Each province has its own language, ethnic make-up, religions and history.
- Most people will define themselves locally before nationally.
- In addition there are many cultural influences stemming back from difference in heritage. Indonesians are a mix of Chinese, European, Indian, and Malay.
- Although Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world it also has a large number of Christian Protestants, Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists.
- People will define themselves according to their ethnic group, family and place of birth.
- As with most group orientated cultures, hierarchy plays a great role in Indonesian culture. Hierarchical relationships are respected, emphasized and maintained. Respect is usually shown to those with status, power, position, and age. This can be seen in both the village and the office where the most senior is expected to make group decisions.
- Superiors are often called "bapak" or "ibu", which has the same meaning with father or mother, sir or madam.
- Although those who have higher place in the hierarchy make decisions, it is usual for Indonesians to do group discussion and consensus. This ties back to the idea of maintaing strong group cohesiveness and harmonious relationships.
Consequently, people are very careful how they interact and speak. Although a foreigner can not be expected to understand our way of interaction, it is crucial to keep an eye on this behaviour.
One should never ridicule, shout at or offend anyone. Imperfections should always be hidden and addresses privately. Similarly blame should never be aimed at any individual/group publicly. Indonesians communicate quite indirectly, i.e. they would never wish to cause anyone shame by giving them a negative answer so would phrase it a way where you would be expected to realise what they truly want to say. Bahasa Indonesia actually has 12 ways of saying "No" and several other ways of saying "Yes" when the actual meaning is "No" !!
IMPORTANT: GENERAL ETIQUETTE GUIDELINES
- Greetings can be rather formal as they are meant to show respect.
- A handshake is the most common greeting.
- Many Indonesians may give a slight bow or place their hands on their heart after shaking your hand.
- If you are being introduced to several people, always start with the eldest or most senior person first.
- Titles are important in Indonesia as they signify status. If you know of any titles ensure you use them in conjunction with the name (such as: doctor, professor)
- Some Indonesians only have one name, although it is becoming more common for people to have a first name and a surname.
- Many Indonesians, especially those from Java, may have had an extremely long name, which was shortened into a sort of nickname for everyday conversation.
Indonesia has three time zones—Western Indonesia Time which is GMT +7 (covering Sumatra, Java, Madura, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), Central Indonesia Time which is GMT +8 (covering East and South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali, Nusa Tenggara) and the last is Eastern Indonesia Time which is GMT +9 (covering Maluku and Irian Jaya).
The Indonesia Rupiah is also called IDR. Information of daily exchange rate can be found in newspapers or from the net. Some Indonesia banks provide this on their websites. IDR and US$ are the most acceptable currencies. When you are traveling to remote areas it is advisable to exchange your money and clear your check. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels, restaurants, shops and traveling agencies.
Electric power supply is 220 volts in all regions. So be careful with your 110-volt electronic equipment. The sockets will only fit with with two pins rounded-tip plugs (technically known as Type C, E, and F) or use adaptors. Most hotels and many restaurants in large cities provide internet connections or free WiFi.
One certain thing that we can guarantee is that you will see big differences in Indonesia’s health care system compared to your country. You will also get a chance to encounter some diseases that are currently extinct in your home country. Not to mention the differences in our cultures and norms that can be confusing sometimes.
Please be prepared to challenge those differences between our countries by getting in touch and blending in with the local.
"Just be the best version of you, treat people you meet in Indonesia with kindness and you will be treated just like you treat others. Maybe you will find an everlasting friendship and connection while you’re doing the clerkship, who knows?" - Esravila A. Wibisono
This is the biggest opportunity for you to know more about our beautiful cultural diversity. We do hope that with this short explanation about professional exchange in Indonesia will make you more prepared for your clerkship here.
Can’t wait to meet you guys!