After 36 hours in transportation of all sorts, the first half of ID10 finally landed in Surabaya, Indonesia. As tired as I was, I was equally excited. We finally made it to Indonesia after a week of visa delays. After spending the first night in Surabaya, we hopped on another bus and headed to Kediri, where we’ll be training for the next 3 months. It’s now been 3 days since I’ve been in Indonesia and my days have been filled with a lot of important information, most importantly Bahasa Indonesian (the official language of Indonesia)!
I’m so excited to finally be learning Bahasa Indonesian. I’ve been having a harder time picking up the language than I had anticipated, but I keep reminding myself, we’ve only spent 2 days. With time, I know I will be able to master this language. I’m glad we’ve spent the past 2 days learning as much as we could, because tomorrow we’re moving in with our first host family. I am both excited and scared at the same time since my Bahasa Indonesian is very limited, but I'm R E A D Y !
After a long and emotional morning flight to LA from Wisconsin, I was exhausted. Shortly after arriving at the hotel, I officially became a Peace Corps trainee. Then our group of 74 trainees were notified that we would not be flying out to Indonesia the following morning (as planned) due to visa issues. We all learned the meaning of being flexible in the Peace Corps real quick!
We've been notified that flights are booked to depart this Sunday...let's hope we really go to Indonesia this time!
This is what I'm bringing with me to Indonesia. Hopefully, you'll find it helpful :)
***Just an FYI, I packed these things using my experiences from other SE Asian country I've visited as a reference.
I was one of the happiest days of my life as I opened up my email and there it was the email I’ve been waiting for. It started out
“Dear Mai Sia,
Congratulations! On behalf of the entire Peace Corps family, I'm delighted to invite you to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Indonesia. You've been selected to serve as a/an Secondary Education English Teacher, departing March 20, 2016. By accepting this invitation, you will join hundreds of thousands of Americans who have answered the call to service and made a difference in communities around the world.”
A wave of excitement took over me as I shared the information with my boyfriend, who happened to be in the room with me. Minutes later, the reality of the situation struck me, “Am I really ready to do this?” For a few minutes there, I hesitated to accept my invitation as a million thoughts ran through my head. It wasn’t that I haven’t thought about being away from friends and family for two years, but it was because Peace Corps seemed so far out of my reach and now that it was actually happening, I was scared.
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