Taman Pintar

Taman Pintar

Taman Pintar is a Science and Technology education centre that aims to develop interests of children and young people to science through imagination, experimentation and fun game. Students have an opportunity to design and deliver training workshops in a cross cultural and collaborative enrvionment, whilst contributing to Taman Pintar's aim of promoting science.

Find more information on the Taman Pintar website.

These programs build on their existing science and technology promotion activities and help Taman Pintar showcase that they are at forefront of innovative education to both students and the general public.

Accommodation: All PACE students stay at a bed and breakfast-style accommodation with Western facilities located approximately 5-10 minutes from Taman Pintar. Each student has their own bedroom with ensuite and breakfast and dinner are provided. Transport to and from Taman Pintar is pre-arranged so you don't have to worry about transportation costs and figuring out your daily commute! Laundry service, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi are included. The accommodation is also close to tourist attractions, the City Centre, and shopping malls.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length:4 weeks

PACE Units*: COMP3850, ENGG4099

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

Yogyakarta (often "Jogja" for short) is a lively mix between contemporary and traditional Indonesian culture, making it one of the most interesting places in Java to explore. Taman Pintar is located next to the Palace of Yogyakarta, which is still headed by a sultan.

Located right in the centre of the city, making it a convenient place to experience everything downtown Jogja has on offer. Indonesia's most popular temples and archaeological sites such as the UNESCO world heritage site Borodbudur and Parambanan, are both located within a short bus trip from the city.

Previous Activities

AreaDescription
Engineering

Students designed and delivered simple robotics training workshops for young Indonesians in the use of Edison robots and in the context of robotics in general.

EngineeringStudents worked collaboratively to deliver engaging educational workshops relating to robotics and programming for Indonesian students aged between 10 and 12 as part of Taman Pintar’s science, engineering and technology promotion activities.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.

Eligibility

PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

COVERED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
NOT INCLUDED IN ACTIVITY COSTS
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

Student experiences - Austin Cheung

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?
I am an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student, in my fourth and final year of my degree. In January of 2018, I travelled to the Special Region of Yogyakarta, in Indonesia. While in Yogyakarta, I worked with Taman Pintar, a learning centre situated in the center of the city.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?
I, along with seven highly capable engineers, were sent abroad with the goal of educating primary and high school students on the field of robotics. My role as an educator; was to mentor, teach and inspire these students, to learn and open their eyes to the world of robotics. For the four weeks we worked with Taman Pintar, we taught several classes of students the basics of robotics. The team also represented Macquarie University and Australia, during events or when greeting organisation officials.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?
I personally always wanted to immerse myself in cultures that I was completely foreign to. Living as part of a new culture exposes you to new and diverse perspectives, and helps you better understand why certain people act the way they do. I also wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Going abroad meant that I would have to be take extra responsibility with my own health, finances and general well-being, becoming more independent in the process. Lastly, I knew it was a great opportunity to explore the world, make new friends and share memories that would last a lifetime!

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?
PACE is easily the best way for students in taking their first steps towards their future careers. Through PACE, I was able to develop and learn several new skills, which would have been impossible in a classroom environment. The memories and friendships I created during my activity, are ones I will never forget. I believe we are very fortunate to attend a university which provides us students with such amazing opportunities. Lastly, it will be extremely difficult to find the time to go abroad once you leave university and start your career, so now is the best time, while you still have the time and energy!

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?
Embarking on a PACE International activity is full of great experiences that will last a lifetime. Making friends, new experiences, travelling, experiencing new cultures and learning, just to list a few! However, for me, the best part of my PACE International experience was getting to know some of the students I had the pleasure of teaching. Bonding with the students, despite the language barrier was a unique and memorable experience. I remember seeing the excitement in my student’s eyes as their robot did a simple task. Seeing such a trivial toy for me, bringing such joy to these kids, was definitely a feeling I won’t forget.

Student experiences - Joel Berta

"PACE is one of, if not the best, way to kickstart your professional career in the degree of your choice. I have gained so much confidence in terms of working in a professional environment and loved every moment I was over in Indonesia." – Joel Berta

Student experiences - Luke Magri

"The overall experience was great. I learned many things and it provided me with a more well developed view of the world as a whole. I would recommend the program to anyone who was interested. Truly an 11/10 experience." – Luke Magri

Student experiences - Winston Ong

"Working with PACE and our host organization, Taman Pintar, in Indonesia has got to be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have had.... Professionally I have grown a lot, with greater desire to work on engineering projects as well as work for companies internationally. I have never felt more excited about the prospect of working professionally than after my PACE International project." –Winston Ong

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