David Scholefield currently serves as the Vice President of AIYA West Australia (Australia-Indonesia Youth Association) and is an undergraduate student at Murdoch University, studying BA Asian Studies Indonesian Specialist and BSc Biomedical Science. Born and raised in Scotland, and with dual Australian citizenship (and Indonesian at heart!), David has had a great affinity for Indonesia since his first trip to the archipelago in 2010.
Since then, David has participated in senior school student exchanges in Denpasar and Surabaya, studied Indonesian and Javanese Language at Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta through ACICIS, researched orangutan conservation and rehabilitation while studying at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan Bandung, and in 2017, joined the 35th Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in Makassar, South Sulawesi. David advocates for the teaching of Indonesian language in his work as a Language Ambassador at Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (BBIP), has taught short language courses at Tranby College, and has previously held positions in pharmacy and animal keeping.
During his studies in Indonesia, David volunteered with animal welfare NGOs Animal Friends Jogja, Wildlife Rescue Centre Jogja and, as a result, would suggest that we all eat a little less meat. Joining CAUSINDY in Jakarta 2013 as a volunteer, David continued volunteering in Darwin 2014 before taking up the role of Events and Logistics Officer at our Bali 2016 conference. David looks forward to his new role as Events and Logistics Manager for CAUSINDY 2017 in Melbourne!