Her love to Indonesia made Wan Oktavina Ekawati to be culture ambassador in Canada, Cambodia and Thailand. In those countries student Faculty of Economy and Business (FEB) University of Muhammadiyah Malang became the delegation of Indonesia to introduce the culture of Nusantara.
Through these three programs, Oktavina required to introduce the uniqueness of Indonesia culture also its contribution of peace. Therefore, in this time Oktavina memorized folk song around Nusantara. “Usually, when we met with friends the alumni of ICYEP Canada, we love to sing folk song. Songs from various regions around Nusantara we ever sang one by one,” said student from Riau.
While in Canada, Oktavina with other participants stayed with foster parents. It was purposed in order to presence the familiarity between participants of program with local community so the exchange of cultural value between countries can be felt directly.
“There, in addition to cross-cultural agenda, I also work in food bank and play group. Food bank is house of food charity that given to the needy, homeless and who are in journey. Play group is made for children to play without gadget,” said student of accounting 2011.
Meanwhile in Peace Conference in Cambodia, Oktavina was asked to explain the role of Indonesia in support of world peace. While in AYEP program in Thailand, the activities was focused in preparation of Southeast Asia before ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that will be started in the end of this year.
Oktavina expected, there will be more UMM student who involved in international activities. “Must be brave, confidence and don’t be hesitate if there is opportunity. Don’t be focused only at Europe, Asean also cool!” said student who also active in Student Activity Unit (UKM) International Language Forum (ILF) UMM.
“Talking about career, in future I want to have my own institution in the field social,” explained Oktavia who last month became one of 24 UMM students involved in Learning Express (LEx) program with students from Singapore and Japan.
Nur Imamah, one of Oktavina friend who also involved in LEx program said that Oktavina is cheerful people, active and sociable. “Yeah, I am not surprised she could achieve these achievements,” he said. (nis/zul/han/t_zuh)