Program Guru Bantu (UPDATED)

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Program Guru Bantu which was initiated by Silvy Wantania last year collaborates VILTA with various universities in Indonesia to assist teachers and lecturers in Victoria, Australia, to teach Bahasa Indonesian at schools and Universities with the virtual help of professional native speakers from Indonesia.


'Guru Bantu' can assist in deliver cultural programs and prepare teaching materials and conversation classes (online). Currently, the program runs for approximately one month each term. This program is free and subsidized by VILTA for members only.


Registration for Program Guru Bantu will commence at the end of each term, and you can find the announcements at https://www.vilta.org.au/our-events.


The following are testimonials from the first assisting teacher program in Term 1, 2021.

"We enjoyed working with Diah. She joined google meet with my year 12 classes numerous times as well as prepared some written work for us. Our highlight was when we were discussing woman that inspires us the students got to hear three different voices Diah (Sumatera) Agnes our language assistant (Timor) and myself (Australia). This was a great listening activity for our year 12 students as they heard about a broad range of inspirational women from environmentalists, teachers, journalists and our own family members. ( I have attached a photo).

I would highly recommend this program to other teachers to have a native speaker work with our students was very beneficial especially as they were exposed to another accent too."

- Michelle Ladhams, Warrnambool College -



"We truly appreciate the opportunity offered by VILTA to work with Pak Muhammad Adek from Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP). Pak Adek gave very valuable input in our Indonesian 5 and advanced Indonesian Literature classes. Topics included the cultural background to the novel Sitti Nurbaya and the economic and environmental impact of the cement industry in Padang, Pak Adek’s home region. In other classes, we discussed broader topics related to human rights issues in Indonesia. We hope to continue collaborating with Pak Adek and UNP. He has invited us for participation in an online conference in July this year. Thank you VILTA!"

- Edwin Jurriens, Melbourne University -



"We were very fortunate to have Fiqa as our Guru Bantu from Padang. Fiqa worked with my Year 11 students once a week over video conferencing, working on their general conversation. She also produced some powerpoints, worksheets and some videos about life in Indonesia. And she also recorded some of the transcripts for listening tasks. The students looked forward to their sessions each week with Fiqa, and enjoyed getting to know an Indonesian and learning about her life in Padang. It was a fabulous opportunity for our school, and I would recommend this program to others. It is lovely to know that something so positive has essentially come out of the pandemic because I don’t think our Zooming skills would have been so developed. Terima kasih to Silvy, and VILTA for this opportunity."

- Annette Sugiyanto, Oberon High School -


Testimonials from the second assisting teacher program in Term 2, 2021.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the GuruBantu program! For many of my Year 9 and 10 students, this is their first opportunity to meet and converse with a native speaker due to living in a regional area. Nabila has been brilliant, she has joined us in 3 zoom calls discussing Indonesian culture, special holidays, and careers and education. Nabila has created some learning materials for my students, while my students have prepared information on Australian culture to send back to her. My Year 10 students have also been chatting and emailing with her to further their written communication skills. It truly has been a rich experience that I would sign up for again!" - Shelby Stewart, Maryborough Education Centre -


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