Kendari: Hotel to Home

— By Katerina Barton — Since I’ve arrived at my site in Kendari, I’ve been following some advice I received and I’m practicing managing my expectations. Not that my expectations are that high, but if something doesn’t go as planned, it’s easy to get upset and feel disheartened. Like, hypothetically, if you’re walking home in 90…

Alumni Spotlight: Bethany Kreider

Name: Bethany Kreider Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA School: University of Tampa Fulbright ETA placement location and year: Samarinda 2011-2012, Kendari 2012-2013 Current city and job: New York City, YES Grant Coordinator at iEARN-USA Life after Fulbright: After returning from Indonesia, I moved to New York City and began working at iEARN-USA, a nonprofit organization that…

Happy tears at a local English competition

When I first began teaching at SMAN 7 in Kendari, South Sulawesi, my student Elsa was painfully shy. She rarely raised her hand. Every day, she sat next to her friend Risda, one of my best students. I saw Elsa wanting to raise her hand, but hesitating. But as the weeks passed, Elsa became more…