Life in Indonesia, One Breath at a Time

— By Ramon Caleon — Breathe in. Breathe out. As if reciting a mantra, I repeat these words three times to my student. She follows suit with inhales and exhales. She’s nervous, and for good reason. She’s about to deliver a five-minute speech on globalization at the English Days Competition, a province-wide English Club competition organized by…

In and Out of the Smog: Life as an Evacuated Fulbrighter

— By Mackenzie Findlay — We recently crossed the two month anniversary of our time in Indonesia – and I have only taught for three days at my school. I’m supposed to be teaching at SMA 5 in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, a public senior high school. But from September 10th – November 2nd, they had…

Facing harsh environmental realities in East Kalimantan

Before I lived in East Kalimantan, I worked at High Trails, an outdoor science school in the mountains of southern California.  Each week, buses of 5th and 6th grade students drove up into the San Bernardino National Forest for a week of learning about science as it actually happens around them. To this day, I…