At the start of the year, several LBS students went to Indonesia for their Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum (STPP). Indonesia has a thriving tourism industry. However, the industry faces issues relating to sustainability and resource management, and there is a need to develop more sustainable tourism practices.
ACICIS and STPP
The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS – pronounced Ah-chee-chis, as an Indonesian would say it) is a non-profit international educational consortium that provides LBS students, particularly those enrolled in Tourism & Hospitality, the opportunity to undertake a STPP. Students gain, besides practical skills in hospitality, tourism and management, an understanding of the social, cultural and political systems that underpin the tourism industry in Indonesia.
The Sustainable Tourism Professional Practicum Program is a six-week study program, undertaken prior to the start of the Australian academic calendar year (January/February). Students can choose their preferred location and organisation, but all placements are built around or have sustainable principles in tourism.
New Colombo Plan
Students doing the STPP can also apply for the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant (NCP), an initiative of the Australian Government, which supports Australian undergraduate students to gain work experience in Asia. LBS has managed to secure 5 NCP Mobility grants for 2019/2020, each worth $3000, to support eligible students on the program.
LBS students Jake and Rahul in Bali
Both Jake Richards and Rahul Kumar are Bachelor of Business students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality who went to Bali for their STPP. Jake, a second year student, worked at EcoBali where he learned about the importance of recycling, waste management and sustainable systems.
Rahul worked at Bloo Lagoon Eco Village where he developed the social networks of the organisation and supported housekeeping, front office and food & beverage departments. Asking Rahul about his STPP experience, he responded:
“This was my first professional practicum and I have learnt a lot of new things about the tourism and hotel industry, built my networks, gained confidence and greater cross-cultural understanding and inter-personal skills.”Rahul Kumar