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Archive for November, 2011

Saat November–Moments of November

This post is going to be a little more casual. Hmm, what happened in November…

Clockwise from top-left: Wearing a traditional dhalang costume on stage after the first wayang performance; a grade X student holds her wayang kertas rendition of Krishna; sinden sing during a performance of wayang kulit; students have fun with real wayang puppets in Seni/Budaya class



Student Participation and the MAN poker card series

My counterpart and I created our own deck of cards with information about the world written in both English and bahasa Indonesia. We use the deck as a means of selecting students to participate in class as well as an interesting piece of media to keep the students engaged.

Each suit of the 52-card poker deck is characterized by a specific topic. Hearts are “U.S. Culture,” Diamonds are “Influential World Women,” Clubs are “Important Places in the World,” and Spades are “Globalization.” Each of the four aces sticks to the suit’s theme but compares something relevant in Indonesia to something relevant in the United States.

You can download the Microsoft PowerPoint file I used to make and print the cards here [MAN poker cards, powerpoint file]. The list of all 52 subjects on my deck is listed at the very end of this post. If you want to make your own deck, feel free to change some of cards to fit your own desires.

To whom it may concern, it cost me about Rp 17.000 to get a good laminating job on these cards. My school offered to pay for it.


Banyak bahasa (link to page)

I just wrote a page titled ‘Banyak bahasa’ about the languages of Indonesia and Java.  I have posted it as a ‘page’ under the tab ‘Learn About Indonesia.’  You’ll find that tab at the top of this website.

Or you can click this link to go straight to the new article.


Saat September & October—Moments of September & October: What do I do every day?

This blog entry is a long and wandering account of what my day looks like on a week to week basis.  Parts of the text jump into a more reflective mood, but this post still paints a simple rendition of what my life has been like.  I wish I could write something more substantial right now, but I realize it’s been two months without updating my blog, and there are some people back home who might want to have even the slightest clue of what I’ve been up to.  One major reason this post simplifies service in the Peace Corps is that I’ve focused almost solely on successes and aspirations.  I’ve given no time to failures, frustrations, and reality checks that will come in the future.  I elaborate on this omission a little more at the end of the post, but for now I’ll continue onto the task of filling you in.