It has been raining in Masohi for the past few weeks. Eastern Indonesia, which generally has a different cycle of wet and dry seasons from the more populated and more well-known Western Indonesia, is usually quite dry during the months of December and January, but this year has proven to be different from decades past. […]

It wasn’t even a month into my stay in Maluku that I first started hearing Christmas music. “Jingle Bells”, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and “O Holy Night” would blast from the speakers in my entirely Christian neighborhood, sometimes waking me up at six in the morning. I frequently noticed “Merry Christmas” signs, in […]

For the past two weeks, the students at SMA 1 Masohi have been taking their semester finals. As such, I have had vacation since the end of November. I had originally planned to travel a little bit around Indonesia, but those plans have largely fallen through. A few weeks ago, I was made aware that […]

I have just returned from AMINEF’s mid-year conference in Surabaya, where all the ETAs from all over Indonesia met to discuss our current situations at our sites and our plans for the future, including the WORDS Competition. The WORDS Competition is an event that is going to be held next year, where each school in […]

As mentioned in my previous blog post, November 2nd was the anniversary of Masohi’s founding. For most of the month of October, the people of Masohi and the surrounding area had been diligently planning for the numerous celebrations that were to be held in the days preceding. In late October, it was common to see […]

It almost didn’t happen. For the month of October, I had been trying to organize a fun-filled Halloween party for my students in Masohi that would share with them the joys and traditions of the holiday. I planned to have my students decorate a haunted house with me, make costumes, eat candy, bob for apples, […]

For the second full week of October, high schools throughout Maluku were scheduled to have their mid-semester exams. Since we are not required to monitor the students during exam period, most ETAs were given a brief period to travel, assuming that we had been granted permission by our schools’ headmasters and the AMINEF office to […]


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