Language Ambassador Program

The Indonesian Language Ambassador Program (ILAP) aims to connect secondary students with young Australians who have experienced living, travelling and working in Indonesia. The Ambassadors will share their personal stories relating to their study and love of Indonesia and Indonesian language, inspiring students in years 7-10 to pursue or continue a lifelong engagement with Indonesia.

Managed in WA by Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth, ILAP was first proposed at the Australia-Indonesia Youth Dialogue held in Jakarta in February 2014. Ambassadors initially visit schools to talk with students about their own experiences of learning and using Indonesian. In addition to speaking in classes and at school assemblies, Ambassadors may assist in class and undertake various mentoring activities with individuals or groups of students.  

Language Ambassadors are young community volunteers who support students and schools and promote the work of Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth in promoting the learning of Indonesian language and fostering cultural links between Australia and Indonesia. They are expected to visit at least two schools a year. BBIP will finance Ambassadors to obtain a Working With Children Check and offer ongoing support.

If you have

  • some knowledge of Indonesian language and culture
  • been, or are, engaged with Indonesians in Indonesia or Australia through travel, education, work or leisure
  • some time available (a school visit, including travel is approximately 3 hours)
  • a 'pay-it-forward' attitude

then you have the makings of a Language Ambassador!

Interested in ILAP?

ASYIK!!!!  BBIP encourages you to complete and submit an application or contact us if you have enquiries.

PLEASE NOTE: Language Ambassador roles are only for Australians under the age of 30 who have learnt Indonesian in high school or at university.


If your school is thinking of introducing an Indonesian program (Good thinking!) or if Indonesian is already in your curriculum (Well done!) read about how to connect with a Language Ambassador.