School started July 17th and it has been a whirlwind! All Peace Corps Indonesia Volunteers work at either a high school or middle school and compared to many other Peace Corps posts, our time is relatively structured. I work Monday - Friday, from roughly 7 am till roughly 5 pm. The first few weeks have… Continue reading First six weeks of school
Remember when I wrote about telling a man he was rude for calling a woman fat? (You can catch up here.) Turns out I was right. He was being a jerk and I was right to call him out. The woman I mentioned is a fellow English teacher and reads my blog! Last night I got… Continue reading Postscript on “Betah di sini?”
Sometimes Peace Corps isn't sunshine and rainbows. This is is a post about those days. I should start with a disclaimer - I got lucky in PST. I loved Bu Manis, my host mom, and we got along really well. Her food was so delicious and her Bahasa Indonesia was some of the most articulate… Continue reading Betah di sini?
For the last two weeks of Pre-Service Training all of the volunteers have been scattered around Kediri teaching in various high schools and middle schools for practicum. We are given the opportunity to take everything we learn during PST about both how to teach, but also how Indonesian schools operate, and apply it before we… Continue reading What teaching English in Indonesia looks like
As I prepare for my move from the training site to my permanent site I realize that y'all don't really know what Indonesian homes look like. And my home here at training is very different from my home at permanent site. So here are some photos of what my day to day life looks like. … Continue reading Rumah Kediri
Note: Even in if you have no interest in batik this article will also cover a good bit of how things happen in Indonesia and what my daily life feels like. Step 1: Tell your ibu (host mom) that you want to go buy some batik. Find some free time in your crazy PST training… Continue reading A step-by-step guide to Batiking in Indonesia