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Ichi
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Ichi
Issana Burhan
Italian Language Coordinator, Regional Coordinator

Summary

Ichi is an Acehnese who fell in love with Italy and the Italian way of life. She learned Italian for the first time during her secondary school in Melbourne and during her exhange year in Sardegna, Italy. Italy has inspired her to learn more about cities and on how to make places vibrant. She follows this interest by pursuing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She is currently a certified urban planner in Banda Aceh, usually working on governmental projects. However, mostly she would rather spend her time enjoying motherhood with her five-months old baby.

Motivation

My very first motivation to join Polyglot Indonesia is to find other Italian speakers in Aceh. Though my wish has not yet become true, I am happy to become part of the club because I love meeting new people, love to be inspired and hopefully be an inspiration, and learn other foreign languages and cultures.

Biography

I was born and grew up in Banda Aceh. I spent two years in Australia with my parents and went to primary school there. Melbourne is the place where I learned my very first foreign language, English. Apparently, I also studied Italian during my stay in Melbourne, taking it as a LOTE (Language Other Than English) class. I loooove how Italian speaks their language, with all the gestures and expressions. When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to be part of an exchange program to Italy where I lived with a loving traditional Italian family in a small city called Nuoro, Sardegna, for a year. There is where I learned Italian with a Sardinian dialect. Upon my return from Italy, I continued my high school in Bandung. Here, I met some Italian speakers with whom I practiced the language. I then moved to Malang for my undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Universitas Brawijaya. Having lived in a country like Italy inspired me to learn more about cities and places, not only to plan a spatial organisation of a place but to make the place itself alive and vibrant. Following my passion, with the support from the Australian Award Scholarship, I further pursued my master in Urban Planning in the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. I am now a certified urban planner in Banda Aceh, usually working on governmental projects. I am enjoying my work, especially because as a consultant I have the privilege to manage my own work schedule. Of course, this advantage is very beneficial for a new mom tied to a gorgeous five-months baby, like me.

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