(IVSA Indonesia x IVSA Mumbai Online Exchange Program)
Created by: Martina Marina
University : University Gadjah Mada
Gadjah Mada UniversityIVSA Indonesia x IVSA Mumbai Online Group Exchange Program was held from 13- 14 June 2020 via Zoom. The main purpose of this event was to introduce Indonesia’s and India’s cultures, IVSA activities, and the veterinary study system to each other. There were a total of 14 delegates representing each IVSA (IVSA Indonesia and IVSA Mumbai). This program was organized by the Public Relation team of IVSA Indonesia and Mahima (President), Siddh (Vice President), Smriti (President-Elect), and Malika (Exchange Officer) from IVSA Mumbai.
The day before the Exchange Program, delegates from both countries were paired. My partner/buddy was Khushi. She’s the treasurer from IVSA Mumbai and she is also in her 2nd year of vet study like me. We talked a lot through WhatsApp. We discussed about many different things like Bollywood, food, language, and veterinary education. We also had a group chat with all the delegates and organizing committees from both countries. We introduced ourselves in that group and discussed various things but mostly Bollywood. It was fun because I was able to know more about India even before the event started and everyone was so excited about the exchange.
The meeting started around 1.15 p.m on the first day. We were supposed to start at 1 p.m but due to connection issues, we started late. The dress code for the first day was traditional clothing. Some delegates wore their province’s traditional clothing but some also wore batik. I chose to wear batik. There are three main topics that we talked about on the first day: introduction and culture, tourist attractions, and games.
For the first topic which was introduction and culture, every delegate was given 3 minutes to represent their culture. The Indonesian delegates went first. We gave a brief introduction about ourselves such as name, batch, and university before talking about culture. As for myself, I didn’t talk about the culture in my province. Rather, I talked about the culture of Chinese Indonesian. I introduced them to things like the betrothal ceremony called “sangjit” and the Lunar New Year tradition called “cap go meh” of Chinese Indonesian culture. I was talking about what makes Chinese Indonesian tradition differ from the tradition originally come from China. Other delegates from Indonesia alsoexplained many different aspects of culture like tradition, food, traditional clothing, etc.
Because there were only 14 delegates, we can’t represent the whole Indonesia culture but we explained some from Aceh, Bandung, Bali, Banyumas, Bengkulu, Yogyakarta, Pontianak, Lampung, Toraja, West Java, and East Nusa Tenggara. The next turn was of IVSA Mumbai. They represented the cultures from different states in India. These were the states and cultures that they represented: Mumbaikar (from Mumbai), Punjabi (from Punjab), Gujarati (from Gujarat), Marwadi (from Rajasthan), Goan (from Goa), etc. They talked about the food, festival, traditional clothing, dance, language, and many more. They talked about festivals like Holi, Diwali, Kite Flying, etc. I was interested in the Holi festival. It is the festival of color where people smear each other with color and drench each other with water. This festival signifies love over evil. The delegates from IVSA Mumbai also wore traditional clothing. There was common clothing which many of the girls had worn called Saree.
Even they were similar in name, but each culture wears it in a different style. But regardless, every Saree looks amazing and vibrant. The cultural presentation was interesting for me as I was able to learn new things, not only from the IVSA Mumbai but also from the IVSA Indonesia delegates.The next topic was tourism attractions. The IVSA Mumbai delegates started first. Mallika and Anushka explained different tourism attractions across India. I was surprised by how diverse the tourism aspects of India are.We can find everything in India. For example, Goa for the beautiful beaches, Manali for trekking and camping, Mumbai for the nightlife and parties, Ladakh for the beautiful scenery, Himachal for adventure activities, Karnataka for the wildlife reserve, and of course the renowned Taj Mahal, and many more. After seeing the IVSA Mumbai’spresentation about this topic, India straight away becomes one of the countries that I want to visit.
After the IVSA Mumbai finished, it was the IVSA Indonesia turn. Risa, Zahra, and I were the ones who represented Indonesia’s tourism attraction. Risa introduced Indonesia’s tourism in general such as Bali, Komodo Island, and Borobudur Temple. She also played the “Wonderful Indonesia” video to show the diversity of Indonesia tourism attractions. Zahra and I explained about the tourism attractions in our hometown. Zahra told us about Tugu Khatulistiwa in Pontianak. I chose Tourism Village Baduy as the tourist destination in Banten. The reason why I explained about this village because I feel like this is not something that Indonesian people usually introduce to foreigners as tourist attractions. I wanted to introduce Indonesia’s beauty, not only those that were already famous but also the hidden ones like Baduy. This particular topic was interesting for me because I got to know various tourism attractions from India and Indonesia. After talking about tourism, many Indonesian delegates want to go to India (including me) and vice versa.The last topic was games! We played a game called the slang games. So we took a turn in explaining a slang word from India and Indonesia. We gave the example of how we use it in an English sentence and the delegates from the other country had to guess the meaning. It was fun seeing the IVSA Mumbai delegates guess the meaning of Indonesia’s slang words such as mager, jomblo, baper, and many more. It was also fun guessing India’s slang words as it is different from what we have here. The examplesare Bindass which means carefree, jhakaas (cool), and pakau (boring). It was amusing witnessing the confusion from the delegates and I had so much fun.The slang game was the last official part of the first-day exchange program. But we didn’t stop the meeting. We went satisfying our curiosity about the other country. We mostly talked about Bollywood since many delegates from Indonesia were interested in it. We even convinced some delegates from IVSA Mumbai to dance for us! Mahima showed us a Bollywood dance and Siddh also showed us the Garba dance. Even Anushka taught us about Mundras (hand gestures) that are used in Kathak. I was surprised and amazed about how well they dance. I was literally in awe the whole time because I didn’t expect them to dance for us. It was interesting and with that, we concluded the first day of the exchange program.
The second day also consisted of three main topics which were veterinary education (Courses, syllabus, and common cases), IVSA activities, and games. But before we officially started the second day of the exchange program, the IVSA Mumbai delegates gave us a surprise gift! Throughout the first day of the exchange program, they noticed that Indonesian delegates love talking about marriage ceremony so they decided to make a presentation about it. They explained the Hindu wedding ceremony which is divided into three different major parts: pre-wedding rituals, the wedding rituals, and post-wedding rituals. Each part contained a different ceremony. For example, the pre-wedding rituals consist of Tilak, Sagaai, Sangeet, Haldi, and Mehendi Ceremonies. All the ceremonies and rituals were complex and had significance meaning to it and it was amazing to learn about them.The exchange program then officially started. Khushi from the IVSA Mumbai explained about the veterinary education of India in general. There are 47 veterinary colleges across India. Actually, India has a different education system than Indonesia because they have universities that are divided into different colleges. So, in the Maharashtra state (similar to a province in Indonesia), there is only one university that offers veterinary science bachelor’s degree which is the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU). The MAFSU consist of 5 undergraduate veterinary science colleges. One of them is the Mumbai Veterinary Collegewhere the IVSA Mumbai delegates’ study.
The bachelor’s degree is completed in 5.5 years. Similar to us, the 1st – 4 th year consists of lecturers and practicums. The syllabus is pretty similar towhat we have here (for example anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, nutrition, epidemiology, pharmacology, etc). They have an internship in the 5th year (similar to clinical rotations in Indonesia). Besides the bachelor’s degree, the Mumbai Veterinary College also offers Ph.D. and Master’s degree programs. After that Khushi also explained the common cases that Indiawhich are accident cases, maggotwound cases, parvovirus, and distempers. The cases vary from small animals, large animals, birds, and exotics. Khushi also explained the college activities. They have many different celebrations and festivals like Spandan (annual gathering), sports weeks, theme weeks, etc. I was so interested in the Spandan which is a 3-day and 3-night fest where all the students participate in dance, singing, and art competitions and plays the game like treasure hunt together. After the IVSA Mumbai finished, it was the IVSA Indonesia’s turn. Nadya explained the a veterinary education of Indonesia in general while Leonita (from Gadjah Mada University) and Sugeng (from Airlangga University) elaborated the veterinary education system in their respective universities. Next Luthfi explained avian influenza and brucellosis as common cases in Indonesia. For common cases in some regions, Karina talked about Rabies in West Java and Kak Tami talked about Anthrax in Yogyakarta.
The next topic was IVSA activities. Kak Zaki (President) and Irene (Exchange Officer Secretary) of IVSA Indonesia talked about the history, structure, and some activities from PB IMAKAHI. They explained about Mukernas, Munas, Pengmasnas, and VSE. After that Karina (from Padjajaran University) explained about the PC IMAKAHI Padjajaran University activity which is World Rabies Day while Dinda explained the field trip activity in PC IMAKAHI Udayana University. IVSA Mumbai delegates also told us about their activity. Since IVSA Mumbai has only been officially registered in January 2020, they don’t have many official activities. They currently had organized three main activities which are the Wildlife Week, Exchange Program with IVSA Selangor and Nepal, and daily quizzes on IVSA Mumbai’s Instagram. IVSA Mumbai explained the IVSA activities after the games since they had technical difficulties. The last topic was games! We played guess the animal game. So, there were cropped pictures and clues about the endemic animals from each country, and the delegates from the other country had to guess the animals. The animals from Indonesia were Javanese Rhino, Anoa, and Babirusa while the animals from India were Gangetic Dolphin, Flamingo, and Snow Leopard. The interesting part was there was one animal that gotmentioned in both countries which was a peacock.
This game was so fun and interesting since I was able to learn more about the wildlife of India and Indonesia.We closed the exchange program by giving our review (how we felt and what we gained). Siddh, Mahima, and Smriti represented IVSA Mumbai while Risa and Kak Zaki represented IVSA Indonesia. Everyone felt happy and grateful for the whole exchange program. Even though it was short, there were many new things that all the delegates learned and everyone had a good time. We took pictures and officially ended the exchange program. Just like the first day, we also continued discussing things that we wanted to know more about. Some delegates also performed cultural performances like dancing and singing. Ruchi from IVSA Mumbai sang some traditional and Bollywood songs and Dinda from IVSA Indonesia showed her Balinese dance video. After feeling satisfied, we finally ended the exchange for real.Although the exchange program had officially ended, we still had one more thing to do.IVSA Mumbai asked us to collaborate on a video project about making this planet a better place to live.
We addressed some atrocities (terrorism, animal cruelty, overpopulation, racism, etc) as a message and hope that we can end them together to create world peace. If you are interested, you can check the video project on this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv6q11qFKEgTo sum up, this exchange program with IVSA Mumbai was truly an enjoyable experience. It was short, but I learned a lot from it. I got to know the culture of India, their veterinary education system, the tourism spots, the IVSA events there, and even their slang words, etc. I found many similarities and differences to what we have here in Indonesia. All of the delegates were so kind and easygoing so I never feel bored throughout the programs. Meeting many new friends from Indonesia and India is also something that I’m grateful for. I’m happy because I met many precious friends that I can talk and discuss with. Honestly, I was insecure with my English skills throughout this event. But I realized that everyone is learning together and you just have to be confident and enjoy everything.
For those who read this report, if you ever get the chance to participate in these kinds of activities, don’t be doubtful to seize it! Thank you