Peace Corps Volunteers to Support English Language Learning in East Java, West Java, and East Nusa Tenggara

(Photo: State Dept. / Peace Corps)

SURABAYA – On Tuesday, December 12, eight Americans took their oaths to serve as new Peace Corps Volunteers in Indonesia, joining the nearly 600 previous American Volunteers who have served in Indonesia since Peace Corps Indonesia was launched in 2010.  The swearing-in ceremony at U.S. Consulate General Surabaya was attended by Michael F. Kleine, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to Indonesia.

“No matter their background, each Peace Corps Volunteer honors the idea that individuals can make a difference in promoting peace and development through people-to-people engagement,” remarked Chargé d’Affaires Kleine. “As our two countries upgrade our ties towards a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, our Peace Corps program is yet another example of the United States’ deep and sustained commitment to Indonesia.”

All of the Volunteers at the ceremony have recently completed eleven weeks of training in Leminggir and Seduri villages in East Java, including intensive Bahasa Indonesia and cultural familiarity classes. They will soon depart to their assigned sites in East Java, West Java, and East Nusa Tenggara to work with local teachers and students to support English language learning.

“Peace Corps extends our warmest appreciation to the Leminggir and Seduri communities who have opened their hearts and homes to the Volunteers as they prepare for the service,” added Christie Scott, Country Director of Peace Corps Indonesia. “Your kindness and generosity have nurtured the new Volunteers on the joys of living in Indonesia and appreciation of your rich culture.”

The new Volunteers are expected to work amongst their host communities for two years, complementing another group who began their service earlier this year in March.  Each Peace Corps Volunteer will teach a minimum of 20 hours per week in the classroom and support English teacher training at the school and district level, such as community-based tutoring. They will also engage in a variety of extracurricular activities at their schools such as English clubs, leadership camps, English competitions, peer-tutoring, World Map Projects, library development, literacy initiatives, and providing training for English teachers.

To help them integrate into their communities, Peace Corps Volunteers in Indonesia live with a host family throughout their two-year service.  Peace Corps Volunteers do not receive salary. They live at the level of the local community and become integrated into the fabric of their assigned school and community.  Interested schools can apply for a Peace Corps Volunteer through Peace Corps Indonesia’s website:

About the Peace Corps:Established by the United States government in 1961, the Peace Corps’ Mission is to promote world peace and friendship.  More than 240,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 142 countries around the world to exemplify one of the great strengths of the American character: the willingness to help others.  Peace Corps is a people-to-people organization, providing human resources to help with community development.

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(Photo: State Dept. / Peace Corps)
(Photo: State Dept. / Peace Corps)