Monthly Highlights: December 2015-January 2016

January marked the official halfway point of the 2015-2016 Fulbright ETA grant period in Indonesia. This installment of the Monthly Highlights is courtesy of the ETAs placed in Sulawesi. Gorontalo, Northern Sulawesi, 30 January 2016: Friendly Football Competition Grace Wivell and Clare McLaughlin attended a football game between their schools, MAN Model Gorontalo and MAN…

Laboring away at Ijen Crater Lake

“Miners at Ijen Crater Lake weigh their sulfur. The turquoise-colored lake in Southeast Java is still the home to an active sulfur mine. Although the baskets look deceptively light, the miners usually balance a stunning 170 to 200 pounds on their shoulders. The miners make the intense hike twice a day, making only $5.00 to $8.00…

Beware of sulfur when hiking Kawah Ijen

Kawah Ijen, or Ijen Crater Lake, is located in the southeast corner of Java. The trail is notoriously steep and the elevation quite high, meaning most hikers pause often to catch their breath. (At least we did!) The scenery leading to the sulfuric lake was jaw-dropping and surreal — all the exertion was well worth it. Due…