A Reflection on the WORDS Competition from Central Kalimantan

– By Christopher Linnan – During my nine months in Palangkaraya as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), I have learned a lot of different things. I now know that you cannot eat the banana leaves that are sometimes wrapped around your food, and that no matter how many people are in the angkot[i] the…

Keep Kalimantan Beautiful! The Environment and Creative Expression Combined

— By Bianca Rajan — Thanks to American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), ETAs placed on the island of Kalimantan were given the opportunity to assist their students in expressing their appreciation of Kalimantan’s environment through art. Take a look at the exhibits, tree-planting, and art produced by our students from Pontianak, Palangkaraya and Banjarmasin, (West, Central,…

How smoking saved this man’s life

By Taylor Saia and Amelia Murphy Deep in the jungles of Borneo, a man wearing a Volcom hat and an orangutan-emblazoned t-shirt leans back in his chair and says, “Describe Indonesia in two words.” His name is Erwin. As Lonely Planet Indonesia describes him, he’s “intelligent, well-read, and good company” – but he also holds an…