My volunteer colleagues and I were expecting to be in Indonesia by now, but we’re not. Some of our work visas weren’t processed on time, so Peace Corps has extended our first, usually very brief, stateside meeting and turned it into a pre-pre-training. The visa issue has been resolved, but imagine rebooking complicated international flights for 70 odd people last minute.
Exactly, so we have to wait just a little longer before we can leave for Indonesia. We’ve been taking advantage of this opportunity to get to know one another better, and some have even been able to squeeze in a few more goodbyes. All in all, a valuable exercise in patience and flexibility.
I’m leaving to join the Peace Corps. Indonesia is calling my name: at this very moment, a high school is awaiting a new English teaching colleague and a host family is awaiting a new family member.
After ten weeks of getting to know my new country, its culture, its languages and its people, I will move to a small Javan town, where I will live and work for two years. This blog is where I plan on sharing what I see and what I learn.
While I hope to post updates regularly, I don’t know how much time I’ll be able to devote to writing, especially during my initial training. To hold you over, I’m posting a few links, both about Indonesia and the Peace Corps.
- BBC: Indonesia country profile
Information about Indonesia, both current and historical
- National Geographic Indonesia Travel Guide
Facts, photos, interesting articles and more