I eat rice a lot. But where does it come from?

– by Kelly Richard, ETA in Surabaya – It is almost impossible to go an entire day in Indonesia without eating rice. My co-teachers and Indonesian friends are shocked and concerned when I explain that American cuisine includes their staple carbohydrate only once or twice a week at most. I often find that despite my…

How English spreads in an overgrown fishing town

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo – Muhammad Busyaeri Jafar is better known in Gorontalo as Brother Erick. He’s become widely known by a name in his second language, but six years ago, he wasn’t sure anybody would know him at all. After Muhammad graduated university in 2011, he moved to his wife’s home in…

A Brief History of Indonesian Independence

–By Katia Oltman– Today is Indonesia’s 72nd birthday. Teachers and students across the country celebrate this day by participating in a number of performances, from singing and dancing to sack races and other games. To learn more about the history behind Indonesian Independence Day, I spoke with Farley Binalay, a history teacher from SMA Kristen…