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US Peace Corps

Status: ACTIVE

American Overseas Staff (FY2010): FP 03 (Gordonshapkaliska, Joyce, $ 78,505), FP 03 (Vegso, Betsy, A, $ 83,287), EE 00 (Lehman, James, D, $ 123,916), FP 01 (Puvak, Kenneth, A, $ 142,772)

Latest Early Termination Rates (FOIA 11-058):

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Country Director:

Ken Puvak



Program Dates:

1963 - 1965
2010 - Present

Current Volunteers:


Total Volunteers:


Languages Spoken:

Indonesian, Javanese, Madurese, Arabic


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Peace Corps History in Indonesia

Forty-five physical education Volunteers served in Indonesia from 1963-1964 working with Indonesians in advancing their sports programs. The program was brought to a close in 1965 as a result of political upheaval and concerns for the safety and security of the Volunteers*...

In October 2006, the Government of Indonesia invited Peace Corps to send an assessment team to Indonesia for the purpose of reestablishing a program. A full assessment was completed in February 2007 and was followed up with a safety and security assessment in the fall of that year. The respective Governments signed a new agreement regarding the establishment of a Peace Corps program in December 2009.

Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyle

Pre-Service Training

Healthcare & Safety

Peace Corps provides all PCVs with adequate healthcare during training and throughout service. Upon arrival in Indonesia, the Peace Corps Medical Officer will equip you with a medical kit (a list will be posted soon) that can be refilled with anything you need at any time. There is no need to bring basic medicine from the States.

During training and throughout service you will participate in a number of detailed medical and safety sessions that will prepare you a variety of situations.

Cultural and Work-Related Challenges

Diversity in both different site placements and Volunteers’ personalities guarantees that each PCV has a unique, in-country experience. That said, both staff and Volunteers respect each trainee’s right to “figure out” Indonesia for him or herself, to write his or her own story. The list of “cultural and occupational challenges” included here, then, has been simplified. Its contents target only some of the broadest obstacles we face as Indo PCVs.

Cultural Challenges

Work-Related Challenges

Packing List

Advice (will expand in the coming months!): Pack minimally. Don't be too surprised as you will be able to find most things you need in Surabaya. If you need items from a special brand or company, you may have a little trouble but getting items shipped over is not too difficult, though fairly expensive. It is suggested that you buy high quality and durable items in the States as foreign brands can be more expensive overseas.

Before you purchase some major items, be sure to check out discounts that are offered to Peace Corps Volunteers, this can save you a lot of money!

Keep in mind, you have an 80lb weight limit and you will be charged at the airport if you exceed this.

Clothes:  Many of you, male and female, will be given a uniform by your school. Knowing this may reduce the amount of “teaching” clothes you feel you need to bring.

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See also

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