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.


The Teacher Becomes a Student 

– By Meghan Cullinan, ETA in Kendari – It was 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. But there was no sleeping in for the students of MAN 1 Kendari on this Saturday, or any Saturday for that matter! All around Indonesia, most students that attend madrassas, Islamic affiliated public schools, were also on their way to…

Jam Karet: Being On Time in Indonesia

– By Elena Dietz, ETA in Malang, East Java – I looked down at my watch. It was 9:15 am. “We were supposed to leave over an hour ago…” I thought to myself. It was a Friday morning, and I had left one of my classes early to go to the immigration office with one of…