Making Real Changes through Social Internship Program

For most of university students, Social Internship Program or “Kuliah Kerja Nyata” (KKN) is just another intracurricular program in which they have to participate. Here they have to spend from one to two months in a certain village as the realization of “Tri Dharma Perguruan Tinggi“, i.e. Education, Research, and Dedication to Society.

After having participated in the Social Internship Program throughout Java, this academic year’s senior students of Faculty of Education presented the results of their hardwork at “Social Internship Program Exhibition” on September 26th, 2019, at the university’s library.

There were four groups of students exhibiting their unique programs: “BERJUANG”, “TEMAN LUMBIR”, “POCARISWAT”, and “SAJADAH”.

The first group’s program aimed to help the people in a kampong named Nagrog in the southern part of Bogor, West Java. Salsa as one of the team members explained that they focused on achieving their goal to help the kampong transform into a smart and environmentally friendly area to live in.

“We were facilitating people of Nagrog to develop a library where people can read books for free and for children to study. We also helped build a trash bank so locals can start reuse, reduce the trash volume they generate every day,” she said.

Meanwhile, TEMAN LUMBIR focused on a village named Lumbir, Banyumas, Central Java. Students offered various activities for natives, ranging from providing extra lessons for children to a weekly exercise program.

POCARISWAT, on the contrary, had more emphasis on literacy skills. Its programs revolved around storytelling, writing, learning, and creativity enhancement. Not only did they hold these programs, they also opened three competitions: writing, storytelling, and English basic skills.

Finally, SAJADAH had a focus on offering additional incomes for locals in Gunung Putri area in Sukabumi, West Java, by helping them recycle trash. (*/)