How young people can develop International Mindedness

International Mindedness plays a vital role in trying to understand, appreciate and respect different cultures based on different political, cultural and social lenses that will inevitably bring about new perspectives into the world we live in. On 02 March 2022, a webinar/talk show on the topic of International Mindedness was held during GLP time by which the two respected guest speakers were:

  1. Mr. Raka Tantra Pamungkas (Diplomat)

  2. Ms. Nelsine Bentley Bower (Peace Corps Medical Officer for Peace Corps Indonesia)

The talk show was aimed for students to understand that international mindedness is rooted in intercultural understanding and global engagement. Together, this can ensure positive intercultural collaboration. Aside from this, this webinar was established so that students would understand the importance of intercultural collaboration and how it is shown in practice (country representatives working outside their country of origins) and finally, for students to understand the importance of intergovernmental organizations in ensuring intercultural collaboration.

As the MC’s for this event, we noticed that throughout the process of learning that not only is international mindedness a concept that needs to be grasped but it is also something that many students are not aware of and consequently find it harder to adapt to different cultures, traditions and social norms. With this, both respected teachers were given a set of questions that ranged from their personal work experience in their designated fields of specialty to questions on current world issues to tips given in order to ensure international mindedness in our daily lives. 

By joining the webinar/talk show, we both were able to achieve and gain insight on a lot of new things especially tips that relate with global community, international mindedness and cultures. We learnt that gaining insights from different cultures and people is fine as long as we also share our own culture to other people from different cultural backgrounds. By gaining and sharing knowledge with one another, there are several benefits that we can achieve such as learning a new culture (food, language, values, characteristics, clothes and many more), understanding multiple points of views, making new friends and tightening communications with one another. 

Aside from international mindedness that fully relates to culture, we also learn several things that relate to the UN and Peace Corps. From Mr. Raka Pamungkas, who used to be stationed in New York, USA as the representative of Indonesia in the UN, we learnt how he was able to implement culture and international mindedness in a working environment that is fully diverse as the UN involves almost every country in the World. A tip from Mr. Raka that we got from the webinar/talk show is that we all should always read even though we hate it or see it as a challenge. The reason why reading is important is that to fully understand a culture, we need to have a lot of insights as every culture wouldn’t be all about its positive sides. Every culture would have its negative sides too and if you are going to travel abroad for a long period of time, you would first experience happiness and all of the fun for the first few couple of months, but after that period is over, you’ll start to experience the real life situation which might not all be about the happiness and all of the fun. The final tip from Mr. Raka is that we should treat everyone with respect and we need to be tolerant and careful with other people.

From Ms. Nelsine Bower, who works as a Peace Corps Medical Officer for Peace Corps Indonesia and has experience living in Indonesia for 9 years, we learnt how she was able to learn and share culture by being a Peace Corps Medical Officer here in Indonesia. A tip from Ms. Nelsine, is to show people you meet who you are through your words, actions, culture, education and just be good citizens of the World and also remember that conflicts will always happen. In dealing with conflicts you should just use your words and just show them who you really are as it would minimize the conflict. A final tip from Ms. Nelsine is that you should know your limitations, you shouldn’t follow other people in doing something if you don’t have the ability to do it. 

All and all, it is noticeable that international mindedness is a factor that is not only important in our daily lives but should be implemented when we are faced with different situations in life. With this, we are beyond grateful to be given this opportunity as representatives of Sekolah Ciputra to lead the discussion for this webinar and cannot wait for future ones to come! 

Written by Michael Sean & Wenny Wibisono 11DP.

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