Hi! I’m Julie and I’m the blogger behind indospired.

I started blogging in 2010 and in late 2014 I created this brand new space to share my Indonesian inspirations.  Each week I blog on various topics, including; language, travel, art, culture, food, photography, education, technology and pretty much anything that relates back to Indonesia and Languages Education.

I have worked in Education for over 20 years, including; teaching bahasa Indonesia to Primary, Secondary and Adult Learners, and in other specialist areas such as; English as an Additional Language and Visual Arts. I have worked extensively in both Australia and in International schools and universities in Java and Bali, Indonesia.

In 2009, I began working as Indonesian Language Advisor for the Department of Education Victoria, for a period of five years. And since August 2013, I have worked as a freelance Indonesian Language and Culture Consultant and Lead Writer for various online Indonesian Language Educational Resources.


  • Co-author and co-photographer of Bagus sekali! – a three-levelled Indonesian Course for secondary students.

Bagus sekali! 1 Textbook received a Highly Commended Award through The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2001

Bagus sekali! 2 Textbook received a Highly Commended Award through The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2002

  • Recipient of the E.K. Horwood Memorial Travel Scholarship 2010 {In-country Research Project} from the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria
  • Writer for the Asia Education Foundation – I developed two Indonesian Language Learning Sequences, specifically to support collaboration to build language skills and intercultural understandings between Australia-Indonesia Sister School Relationships; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Compost and Exploring MasterChef Indonesia
  • Lead Writer and Subject Matter Expert {Consultant} for the Indonesian Language Learning Space – Education Services Australia. The Language Learning Space was selected as the Australian Regional Winner of the 2014 Learning Impact Awards & more recently won the Platinum Global Learning Impact Award 2015 at the Learning Impact Leadership Institute in Atlanta, USA.


– Student Website: Student Challenges and consulting on all 30 graphic novels

– Teacher Professional Learning Modules: ICT for the Language Classroom: Indonesian and Setting Up an Indonesian Language Program,

– ebook publication; World Student Indonesia: Visiting Indonesia for the First Time – a guide for students, teachers and tour leaders, and

– the Rasa Bahasa App

Scope and Sequence and Lesson Plans – Grade 5 & 6 for New Indonesian Teachers {a 2 year plan}

– Journal #1: Jakarta

– Journal #2: Kalimantan

Work with me pic Oranghutan


I love writing and developing Indonesian specific Language and Cultural Educational Resources and Projects, which are fun, engaging and authentic. I seem to have this natural ability to whip-up Language Learning Sequences and Curriculum Planners for Indonesian Language Programs; aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Over the years, I have presented at many Languages Education Conferences, Workshops and Network Meetings on a variety of topics. So, I am also happy to provide teachers and schools with Professional Learning in relation to Languages Education.

If you’d like to learn more about me or if you would like to contact me in relation to collaborating on an educational or cultural Indonesian Language based project, please feel free to email me at: julie.newnham01@gmail.com.

I’d love to hear from you!