The Teacher Becomes a Student 

– By Meghan Cullinan, ETA in Kendari – It was 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. But there was no sleeping in for the students of MAN 1 Kendari on this Saturday, or any Saturday for that matter! All around Indonesia, most students that attend madrassas, Islamic affiliated public schools, were also on their way to…

The Art of Pulkam

Originally published at https://allfortheloveofwandering.wordpress.com. Pulkam is short for pulang kampung, a phrase which roughly translates to “go home to your hometown.”  My recent travel for research* happened to bring me back to both of the sites where I used to teach and live as an ETA (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant): Malang in East Java, and Gorontalo in…

Welcome to Indonesia: Highs and Lows Part 1

After an 18-day orientation in Bandung, Central Java, members of the 2016-2017 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) cohort said goodbye to each other (and the swanky Sheraton Hotel) and dispersed to their site placements. This year’s ETAs are spread across the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bangka, Sulawesi, Flores, and Timor, where they will spend the…