Peace Corps Indonesia

The Peace Corps Indonesia program was reopened in 2009. The program first began in 1963, but closed down in 1965 due to political problems. In the 60s, there were three groups of volunteers that served (ID-1, ID-2, ID-3), so when the program reopened the groups continued chronologically and are referred to as ID-4 (2010 – 2012), ID-5 (2011 – 2013) and my group is ID-6 (2012 – 2014).

Some ID5s and ID6s during our Thanksgiving 2012 gathering in Surabaya.

Some ID5s and ID6s during our Thanksgiving 2012 gathering in Surabaya.

Currently, our program is very small, but it’s expanding. While other countries have hundreds of volunteers throughout their countries, we currently have about 60 volunteers placed only in the island of Java. Another 60 trainees will arrive in April.

Before being sworn in as volunteers, our Peace Corps Pre-Service Training (PST) takes part in the province of Malang. We are placed with host families, in small village groups, and study Bahasa Indonesia and Indonesian culture for 10 weeks.

These are the 6 people in my village group for PST. We spent all day together for 10 weeks learning about Indonesia and studying Bahasa Indonesia.

These are the 5 out of the 6 people in my village group for PST. We spent all day together for 10 weeks learning about Indonesia and studying Bahasa Indonesia.

All volunteers in Indonesia are Education Volunteers, which means we teach English in public high schools. Some of these high schools are madrasah, which are Islamic high schools (MAN), others are general high schools with no religious affiliations (SMA) and the rest are vocational high schools (SMK). I am currently teaching in a MAN. In the future, it is likely that volunteers will teach in elementary and middle schools, and that other volunteering fields will open.

Most of us are based about 5 – 10 hours away from Surabaya, which is where our Peace Corps office is located.  Our sites are primarily in small village or rural towns in East Java, though many incoming volunteers will be placed in West Java. We are required to live with host families in our communities. In some countries, Peace Corps Volunteers live alone, but here, living with a host family is essential for our community integration.

4 thoughts on “Peace Corps Indonesia

  1. I am searching for a James Noonan who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia in 1964. At that time I was the receptionist at the American Embassy in Jakarta. Thank you for any info on James Noonan you could give me, would be greatly appreciated.

    • Sorry I don’t have any information on him. Since that program has been closed since the 60s and just reopened in 2010, I doubt even the staff here knows anything. I think you’d have better luck reaching out the PC organization in DC. Good luck.

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