The last week-end in April 2010 became one of the most exhilarating week for Indonesian EMA members when they hold their networking event, titled Erasmus Mundus Society Care III: Giving back to the environment.
The idea of Erasmus Mundus Society Care (EMSC) dated back to January 2010, when several Indonesian EM alumni took initiative to organize two social events for orphanage community in Bandung and Jakarta. Both events ran smoothly and attained support from The Delegation of European Union to Indonesia and various donors coming from the professional network of the alumni.
EMA Networking Event (EMANE) is a scheme provided by EMA to to enhance communication among EMA members from different Erasmus Mundus Master Courses (EMMCs), including students and alumni from different years of the same EMMC.
Erasmus Mundus Society Care III: Giving back to the environment was organized by using EMANE scheme. It was scheduled for two days: 24-25 April 2010 at Pramuka island which is located approximately one and a half hour boat trip from Jakarta harbor. There were 16 alumni from 2005-2008 year of entry that joined this event.
On the first day, the alumni went for snorkeling to observe the coral reef community around Pramuka island as the basis for the coral reef restoration activity that would be done the next day. As home of the third world’s total corals, Indonesian archipelago has suffered extremely from fishing and bleaching due to climate change.
At night, the alumni gathered for the networking event. Various topics were discussed, among them were: the relation between the country and SEA chapter, EM promotional events to remote/rural areas, cooperation with other scholarships’ alumni, idea of doing coaching-clinic sometime in the second half of 2010, etc.
On the second day, the alumni went for the main activity of the theme “giving back to the environment”. The first one was sea turtles conservation where they release 3-month old baby turtles to their natural habitat. The second one was mangrove plantation. The re-plantation of mangrove can conserve the ecology and resume the initial function on mangrove forest in the ecology. The third one was coral reef restoration which provides shelter for most of the marine species yielding tons of resources for fishery.
This kind of networking event combined with real-life activities such as environment restoration gave unforgettable experiences for the alumni. In addition, the bond and network between the participants became much stronger which will benefit Erasmus Mundus, EMA, and the alumni itself for future cooperation.