Cross Cultural Understanding Club (CCUC) is one of the extracurricular programs initiated by Global Engagement Office (GEO) Fisipol UGM which aims to facilitate the cultural exchange activities among international and local students in Fisipol UGM. Cultural exchange is an important aspect for GEO because it is a part of faculty internationalization program as well as a form of hospitality for international students who study in Fisipol UGM. The program is held every semester with regular weekly meeting and different activity in each meeting. All activities in CCUC are designed not only to introduce Indonesian cultures to international students, but also to give opportunity for Indonesian students to learn other countries’ cultures and develop their English skill.
From several fun and exciting activities we had last semester, there were 2 highlighted programs that are Japanese session and Field Trip to Magelang. The Japanese session was held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in room BA 207 Fisipol UGM to introduce the richness of Japanese culture through fun traditional games. Some Japanese students who study in UGM helped us to arrange the meeting that consisted of three sessions of game: Karuta, Fukuwarai and Origami. Karuta is a Japanese traditional playing card which the players have to be able to quickly determine which card out of an array of cards is required and then to grab the card before it is grabbed by an opponent. Fukuwarai is also a Japanese game that is usually played by kids around New Year by putting independent parts of the face onto a blank face and laugh at the humorous results. The last activity that day was making artwork from colorful paper or in Japanese is commonly called Origami.
To close the whole CCUC programs last semester, we went to Puri Asri Hotel in Magelang to have an outbound activity and rafting in Progo River on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The participants were divided into 4 groups and given several challenges to be finished as a group that are yell-yell competition, high rope challenge, flying fox challenge and rafting challenge. After finishing all the challenges, all participants could enjoy some Javanese traditional snacks and young coconut ice in Progo riverside. The day was ended by a closing dinner in Jejamuran Restaurant and rewarded the best team of the challenges.