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Stefanny Trifena, April 2017

Saat liburan semester pendek bulan Januari sampai Maret 2017 lalu, saya berkesempatan melakukan magang di Rumah Energi. Nama saya Stefanny Trifena, mahasiswi Program Studi Teknik Lingkungan di Universitas Surya. Jujur saya belum pernah magang di LSM, karena selama ini saya melakukan magang di perusahaan, jadi saya belum tau apa yang harus dilakukan di sana. Hasilnya luar biasa! Banyak sekali pengalaman yang saya dapat selama magang di sana. Saya bisa belajar pengembangan bisnis biogas (concept note, logical framework, business canvas, dan lain-lain), rencana keuangan bisnis biogas (funding, micro-finance, dan lainnya), teknis reaktor biogas (pembuatan reaktor biogas, proses, pemeliharaan, dan lain-lain), bisnis turunan biogas (kascing, lemna, budidaya ikan, dan sebagainya), cara sosialisasi saat kunjungan lapangan ke Kecamatan Cikajang, Garut, Jawa Barat, dan masih banyak lagi. Tak lupa saya juga berterima kasih kepada Rumah Energi beserta para stafnya yang sangat ramah dan bersedia berbagi ilmunya dengan saya.

Venessa Damanik, April 2017

Saya mahasiswi dari Universitas Surya, jurusan Teknik Lingkungan. Saya magang di Yayasan Rumah Energi selama 2 bulan.

Awalnya saya memilih magang di Rumah Energi karena tertarik dengan Program Biogas Rumah (BIRU), kebetulan saya pernah belajar tentang biogas di bangku kuliah. Tetapi, setelah magang, saya baru tahu kalau bio-slurry (ampas biogas) dapat dijadikan pupuk, pestisida organik, media budidaya cacing dan lemna. Tentu saja ini merupakan pengetahuan baru bagi saya dan menambah semangat saya untuk belajar tentang biogas.

Selama magang, saya belajar tentang bagaimana membuat concept note dan logical framework untuk bisnis bio-slurry dibantu oleh Bu Lina. Saya juga belajar tentang bio-digester dan diberi kesempatan untuk ikut membuat modul biogas dan bio-slurry. Selain itu, saya juga ikut serta dalam beberapa rapat, seperti rapat dengan tim Rumah Energi, acara MOU antara Rumah Energi dengan Perum Jasa Tirta II dan Quality Inspector Meeting serta mengikuti training tentang media sosial yang diadakan oleh Hivos. Di minggu ke tujuh, saya berkesempatan mengunjungi Desa Mekarjaya, Kecamatan Cikajang, Jawa Barat selama 2 hari untuk melihat reaktor biogas dan pemanfaatan bio-slurry di desa tersebut. Selama di sana saya berhasil mewawancarai beberapa pengguna biogas dan Manager Utama KPGS (Koperasi Peternak Garut Selatan). Saya dapat melihat langsung bagaimana warga di sana menggunakan reaktor biogas dan memanfaatkan bio-slurry untuk ternak cacing, lemna (duckweed) dan pupuk untuk tanaman serta mengetahui bagaimana peran KPGS dalam mendukung pengembangan reaktor biogas. Saya juga ikut membuat artikel untuk website dari hasil kunjungan saya ke Cikajang. Saya berharap semakin banyak peternak yang menggunakan biogas dan ikut merasakan manfaat dari bisnis bioslurry dan produk turunannya.

Terakhir, saya ingin berterimakasih kepada Rumah Energi dan semua staf yang telah mengizinkan dan membantu saya selama magang dan telah membagi ilmunya kepada saya.

Joshua Parfitt, February 2017

I interned with Biogas Rumah (BIRU) for close to six months, with the office that looks after the provinces of Central Java and Yogyakarta. I was the first long-term foreign intern at the organisation, however I was warmly welcomed and settled in very quickly. The Biogas Rumah project has such amazing scope, encompassing organic farming, renewable energy, carbon-trading, economics and sustainable development. The Provincial Coordinator Bapak Willem Leang discussed my internship from very early on, and made sure we were both on the same page about my allocated tasks.

Since I have a background in writing, Pak Willem encouraged me to begin reporting and writing articles for the website. Luckily I could already speak Indonesian, and this helped me immensely with interviews. I ended up writing 11 articles over a four month period. I received a lot of genuine support from all the staff, and was blessed to be able to travel to East Java, Bali and Lombok, to gather more success stories (and have some jalan-jalan time!). Besides this main focus, I was trained to supervise the construction of the Biogas Rumah style bio-digester. I learnt about credit unions, loans, co-operatives, tofu, government tenders, duckweed, chickens, Balinese cosmology, and so much more.

All this in such a short period of time! I give thanks from the bottom of my heart to Biogas Rumah, and also to Bapak Bambang Prastyanto, who kindly hosted me at his house during my internship. I highly recommend BIRU—not just because of its success, but because of the indefatigable support from Bapak Willem and all the members of staff from Lampung to NTT. Biogas Rumah is truly a ‘rumah’ for anyone who swings by.

Myora Kane, February 2017

I've almost finish a 4 week internship with Biogas Rumah in the Klaten office.

I'm an Australian student studying Indonesian and Chemical engineering so Biogas Rumah (BIRU) is the perfect internship for me.

Over my month internship, I've gone to the field on numerous quality inspections of biogas reactors in Central Java. I've also attended various GADING Programme's training seminars in both Central and West Java, on topics such as gender, bio slurry and lemna (duckweed). In the 3rd week of my internship I went along to various meeting with credit unions, micro finance organisations and Bank Jateng and observed as connections were established between them all to build a project that aimed to make small loans available to farmers who want to invest in biogas. I spent a week in West Jawa visiting the Bandung and Jakarta offices. While there I went to the field and had the opportunity to observe the biogas programs in the communities there. It was interesting to compare the communities on Central Java and West Java, even just noticing the cultural and geographical differences. I've helped write pieces for the websites, learnt about the engineering side of the biogas, the varies ways bio-slurry can be used. Drawing on these experiences in the field I helped write a section of a grant application for the Jakarta office.