Indonesia.jpg: the Classroom

Just as every site placement and home is different, so is every school and classroom. For our second edition of “Indonesia.jpg,” we aim to portray the similarities and differences between our schools. After all, we are here to teach English, and outside of our homes, the classroom is where we spend a lot (if not…

A Herculean Sunrise in East Java

– By Greg Sutton, ETA in Gondanglegi, East Java – It’s three in the morning and the Jeep is kicking up dust from the desert behind us. As the driver nimbly navigates the twists and turns up the mountain, I look down at the valley below. I can make out a long line behind us,…

Indonesia.jpg: Home, For a While

Indonesia’s national motto, “Unity in Diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika), expresses an ideal that seems impossibly lofty in the face of the country’s staggering diversity. As the world’s fourth-most populous country, Indonesia is home to hundreds of different languages, and even more numerous ethnic groups. As such, broad, sweeping generalizations about the country are hard to…