|Kevin from the United States when he invited an orphanage to communicate in Indonesian. (Photo: Special)|
The moment of Ramadan was used by a group of foreign students in different ways. A group of students from the Indonesian Language for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) from various countries shared with others at the Putri Aisyiyah Orphanage, Dau, Tuesday (5/14) afternoon.
Head of UPT BIPA UMM, Dr. Arif Budi Wurianto, M.Si. explained philanthropic activities to the Orphanage and several other special places later was as a form of business for BIPA UMM to carry out humanitarian diplomacy. That was to strengthen the relationship of the country of origin of foreign students through sharing or humanitarian activities.
Because good values are universal. In Indonesia, continued Arif, one of the prominent attitudes was mutual cooperation. This culture can also be interpreted by sharing. “This is the first time we conduct this activity in this Ramadan through breakfast together activity. So far was only in the Aisyiyah orphanage, "explained Arif.
The second was closer to the community. So, we introduced to the community an international association. "We also introduce orphans a global insight because they have the opportunity to communicate with foreigners from many countries," Arif said when met (15/5).
Besides that, continued Arif, this activity was also recreational. This activity was intended so that the students of BIPA UMM were not saturated with studying in class. "They left the class to visit a special place which was the place for sharing, the place to establish an equal communication," said Arif.
The assistance provided was not only intellectual such as language learning. This learning was done so that BIPA students not only know culture and tourism. Moreover, students also understand the social dynamics around where they live while studying culture and language.
BIPA students enthusiastically attended this annual event. For Muslim foreign students, this activity was interesting because they found unusual experiences. Unlike the habits that they experienced in their country, for non-Muslims, the experience of breaking the fast together with local communities was as learning diversity.
"After I joined the event, I was very happy because I could see how the orphanages in Indonesia starting from the system, the lesson schedule, and what they do. Besides that, I knew because I saw the traditions of Indonesians when breaking their fast, "said Vuly, an Egyptian student. (Win)