Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Hanum earned her Bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as Foreign Language from Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya in Jakarta. Hanum has taught both English and Indonesian. Her students included those in pre-school, corporate industries, and foreign diplomats. In 2008, Hanum was awarded the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant scholarship to teach Indonesian at Columbia University. Presently, she is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University, focusing on the decline and adaptation of local language in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. She hopes to be able to pursue her Ph.D. in the Netherlands one day and to return ultimately to Indonesia to help the Ministry of Education develop an adequate language curriculum and methodology in elementary schools.
Born in Magelang, Central Java, Budi graduated from the English Education and Teacher Training program in the Department of Language and Arts at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta in 2007. Following his graduation, he worked as an English teacher for the English First (EF) in Padang, West Sumatera for six months. He was then offered a position as a teaching assistant with the Indonesian-LOTE (Language Other Than English) program in public schools in Western Australia. This initiative was jointly administered by the Department of Education and Training of Western Australia (DET), the Western Australia Indonesian Language Teachers Association (WILTA) and the Indonesian Consulate in Perth, with the aim of promoting the Indonesian language and preparing specially-selected instructors to live and work in a native English-speaking country. Budi arrived in Australia in February 2008, and together with other Indonesian teachers, taught bahasa Indonesia at various primary schools and high schools for one year. Upon finishing the Indonesian-LOTE, Budi returned to Indonesia and served as a principal for a branch of an English course called ILP (International Language Programs) in Gading Serpong, Tangerang.