An ETA’s First Week at Site

Every ETA has a unique experience. From country to country and year to year, ETAs have vastly different experiences. There is even a range of experiences for ETAs in the same country, during the same year. This is especially true for the cohorts in the incredibly diverse country of Indonesia. Therefore, this post will not capture what it is like to be an ETA in Indonesia, rather it will attempt to capture some of my personal experiences from the first week as an ETA at SMA 2 Payakumbuh in 2019.

Celebrating Eid

~By: Neelam Vohra, ETA in Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Islands~ Her hands reminded me of my mothers hands, and I found myself watching hers just as I so often watched my mothers. I watched her feel potatoes and onions at the traditional market, her hands carefully pressing the vegetables, dropping and picking up each one with intention,…