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During training and throughout service you will participate in a number of detailed medical and safety sessions that will prepare you a variety of situations.
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Diversity in both different site placements and Volunteers’ personalities guarantees that each PCV has a unique, in-country experience.  That said, both staff and Volunteers respect each trainee’s right to “figure out” Indonesia for him or herself, to write his or her own story.  The list of “cultural and occupational challenges” included here, then, has been simplified. Its contents target only some of the broadest obstacles we face as Indo PCVs.
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=== Cultural Challenges ===
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* “Jam Karet” (rubber time)
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* Conservative dress expectations both in and outside of school
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* Lack of privacy
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* Lack of independence sufficient to perform everyday chores and activities (more so for women)
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=== Work-Related Challenges ===
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* Frequent, unexpected class cancellations
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* Teaching counterparts unaccustomed to participatory learning techniques
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* Poorly written textbooks
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* Large, multilevel classes
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* High expectations from administrators and counterparts
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* Limited access to teaching resources (photocopiers, basic supplies, etc.)
==Packing List==
==Packing List==

Revision as of 05:05, 16 November 2011


US Peace Corps
Indonesia


Status: ACTIVE
Staging:


American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 03 (Gordonshapkaliska, Joyce, $ 78,505), FP 03 (Vegso, Betsy, A, $ 83,287), EE 00 (Lehman, James, D, $ 123,916), FP 01 (Puvak, Kenneth, A, $ 142,772)


Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):


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Peace Corps Welcome Book
Region:

Asia

Country Director:

Ken Puvak

Sectors:

Education

Program Dates:

1963 - 1965
2010 - Present

Current Volunteers:

43

Total Volunteers:

87

Languages Spoken:

Indonesian, Javanese, Madurese, Arabic

Flag:

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Contents

Peace Corps History in Indonesia

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Pre-Service Training

Healthcare & Safety

Peace Corps provides all PCVs with adequate healthcare during training and throughout service. Upon arrival in Indonesia, the Peace Corps Medical Officer will equip you with a medical kit (a list will be posted soon) that can be refilled with anything you need at any time. There is no need to bring basic medicine from the States.

During training and throughout service you will participate in a number of detailed medical and safety sessions that will prepare you a variety of situations.

Cultural and Work-Related Challenges

Diversity in both different site placements and Volunteers’ personalities guarantees that each PCV has a unique, in-country experience. That said, both staff and Volunteers respect each trainee’s right to “figure out” Indonesia for him or herself, to write his or her own story. The list of “cultural and occupational challenges” included here, then, has been simplified. Its contents target only some of the broadest obstacles we face as Indo PCVs.


Cultural Challenges

Work-Related Challenges

Packing List

Advice (will expand in the coming months!): Pack minimally. Don't be too surprised as you will be able to find most things you need in Surabaya. If you need items from a special brand or company, you may have a little trouble but getting items shipped over is not too difficult, though fairly expensive. It is suggested that you buy high quality and durable items in the States as foreign brands can be more expensive overseas.

Before you purchase some major items, be sure to check out discounts that are offered to Peace Corps Volunteers, this can save you a lot of money!

Keep in mind, you have an 80lb weight limit and you will be charged at the airport if you exceed this.

Clothes:  Many of you, male and female, will be given a uniform by your school. Knowing this may reduce the amount of “teaching” clothes you feel you need to bring.

• Tailoring is very cheap here, so don’t be afraid to pack lightly for service and plan on having some things made once you arrive. • Indonesian teachers dress very well; don’t expect to wear t-shirt, jeans, and flip-flops to school. • Higher-quality clothes which can withstand two years of hand-washing are preferred. You’ll also appreciate clothes made of lightweight and/or fast-drying cloth. • You can find most clothing you need here, though average (or above) sized Americans may have difficulty and will need to get things made, especially shoes. • Leather bags or jackets may mold quickly here. It's true. • Female volunteers comment that women shouldn’t bother bringing anything low cut as you’re unlikely to wear it within your communities.

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The following is automatic RSS feed of Peace Corps news for this country.

Peace Corps Indonesia News

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