Yutainten and Nanda with part of the ECCQ's team.
Yutainten and Nanda with part of the ECCQ's team.

Nanda Nugrahanti and Yutainten from Indonesia worked together for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) as part of their practicum placement.

ECCQ supports and advocates for the needs, interests and contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Queensland. ECCQ’s mission is to facilitate access to services so communities can fully participate in all aspects of a cohesive and harmonious Queensland.
Nanda and Yutainten were assigned three major tasks, where they implemented participatory communication methods: evaluation of the Community Leadership Program (CLP), evaluation of the Policy Forum, and the development of strategies for ECCQ’s membership program.
The students’ aim was to capture leaders’ experiences after attending the CLP’s trainings. They did this through mini group discussion, qualitative interviews, and big group discussions.
In order to evaluate the Policy Forum, Nanda and Yutainten designed an online survey platform that was sent to the Policy Forum participants by email. Although this project was cancelled, both students agreed that their learning goals were met in terms of designing an evaluation survey and gain hands-on experience from observing how a facilitation discussion is held by an established organisation.
To develop strategies for ECCQ’s membership program, a yearly program that was presenting difficulties in maintaining communication with members and administrating member’s database, Nanda and Yuta worked towards strengthening and maintaining existing members’ links, developing communication strategies and fostering coordination and networking among members.
“The practice in real life situation and real life problems really give actual insights of how listening can lead to the creation of suitable recommendations and solutions that will be useful for one project and even one organisation” Nanda said.
Yutainten found it challenging and interesting to play the role of linker between ECCQ’s agenda and the migrant’s issues (Leadership Program).
“During the group discussion I had to be careful when performing as a researcher, interviewer, ECCQ’s representative and someone who can be trusted to gather information” Yuta said.
Both students were very happy to realise that they did not only met their learning goals during their practicum placement but also acquired a better sense of real life work situations that pushed them to be more flexible and creative.


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