27-year-old Anette In addition Maybe later “It
Anette Parviainen came to
seduced by the Indonesian culture. The internship at the Embassy of Finland in
July included adapting into a new culture, meeting presidents and smelling the
exotic durian fruit.
admits she knew very little about
knew Aceh from the news because of the tsunami tragedy and the peace
process”, Anette explains.
the internship in
was a jump into the unknown. After five months in the country Anette describes
as an interesting, colourful and vivid country, which is inhabited by friendly
people and characterizes by remarkable regional differences.
can find fresh mountain air of Puncak surprisingly close by the polluted
This surprised me”, Anette says.
of an intern at the embassy included assisting in political, economical and
development issues. Anette was attending a range of meetings and seminars, and
wrote reports on e.g. the Indonesian legal system.
Work wise the highlights of
the internship were the state visit of the President of the
Ms Tarja Halonen to
and meeting the President of Indonesia, Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in
connection to a recent seminar in
Also visiting two Finland-financed development projects close to
to the important working experience, Anette gained a lot of memorable
experiences during her internship in
Through her travels in the country she has seen the Borobudur Buddha temple in
tasted a way too spicy chilli sauce and was shocked by the strong smell of
durian. The number of motorbikes and their capacity to carry passengers has
never saw a family of four persons on one single motorbike before”, Anette
on, after graduating from university, Anette will be returning to
or other parts of the South East Asian region.
would be great to come and see how
as a country has developed”, Anette confirms with a smile.