When You Live in a Fishbowl But the Water is Actually Vodka

–By Julianne O’Connell– When I got accepted as a Fulbright ETA to Indonesia I was living in Vienna, Austria as a United States Teaching Assistant under the auspice of Fulbright Austria. In addition to my work as a teaching assistant I spent my time enjoying Viennese culture: reading in parks, writing in world-class cafe houses,…

Money and Religion: Islamic Finance in Indonesia

— By Christopher Linnan — Religion and banking usually make for uncomfortable bedfellows. This is especially true in regards to money lending because most holy books, especially the ones related to Abrahamic religions, i.e. the Torah, New Testament, and the Quran discourage and in some cases ban (i) the charging of interest on loans. Mainstream…

American Holidays in Indonesia: A Review of 2015

With six official religions marking the calendars of every Indonesian, there is no shortage of state-recognized holidays for ETAs to partake in during their grant. From the religious Idul Adha to the secular National Armed Forces Day, ETAs participated in a surprising number of holidays at their sites in the first half of the grant. While participating…