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Peace Corps Closing Ceremony 2014
Tanggal: 2014-06-11
 
US Ambassador for Indonesia, Robert Blake, inaugurated the 63 Peace Corps volunteers Batch 5.
The Pre Service Training (PST) program for the Peace Corps volunteers was closed with
the inauguration led directly by USA Ambassador for Indonesia, Robert Blake, in UMM
Dome on Monday (2/6).
      The coming of Blake in the event had a purpose to continue the tradition of previous
ambassadors, i.e. Cameron Hume and Scot Marciel. This year is the 5th year of the
partnership between UMM as the host of PST with Peace Corps and USA Government.
      Besides Blake, the ceremony was also attended by the Country Director of Peace
Corps Indonesia Sheila Crowley, a representative from Ministry of Law, Politic & Safety
Coordinator Saut Siringoringo, UMM Rector Dr. Muhadjir Effendy MAP, and also the host
families.
      According to the Assistant Rector for International Relations, Soeparto, the total
number of Peace Corps volunteers who attended PST in UMM was 63 participants. It was
increased from the previous years since 2010 - 2013 around 20, 30, 40, and 50.
       Soeparto added that UMM is still trusted to be the Peace Corps’s partner because of
its simple bureaucracy, cooperative and total in managing and accompanying the
volunteers. 
       Therefore, when the program was offered to be opened for other campus, UMM again
took the ‘crown’. “UMM is the only partner campus of Peace Corps in Indonesia, we
even have signed the MoU until 2017,” said Soeparto proudly.  
      Cait Hakala, one of 63 volunteers viewed that the language and cultural training in 10
weeks made her know more about Indonesia and its culture, especially the food. “I like 
nasi goreng (fried rice) and roti goreng (bread rice),” said Cait who admired the UMM
beauty even it is not as big as campuses in USA.
      Another story was told by Russel Ferguson who was impressed by the students’
friendliness. “They (UMM students) are very friendly. And I think UMM is a good
university,” said Russel in fairly fluent Bahasa Indonesia. In USA, Russel takes Bahasa
and Spanish majors.
       “By teaching English, I hope the use of English in Indonesia will be better. And
Indonesia can develop so as the education becomes better. I hope I can help Indonesia
and everybody,” said Russel. (humas UMM)
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