Director's Message | Peace Corps
Selamat Datang! Welcome to Peace Corps Indonesia’s website where we invite you to learn more not only about the Peace Corps in Indonesia but also about the people of this vibrant and fascinating country through the eyes of our Volunteers and staff. “Unity in diversity,” Indonesia’s national motto and “Pancasila,” the national philosophy and guiding principles meaning: God, humanity, unity, diversity, democracy and justice, are what Indonesian’s proudly refer to when speaking of their country and what binds this vast archipelago of 17,000 islands that are home to more than 240 million people ,3000 local languages , and 300 ethnic groups.
Peace Corps’ mission in Indonesia is about expanding people-to-people exchange, cultural understanding, and building educational partnerships through our English teaching program and a variety of secondary activities and programs that focus on youth and community development. After a 40 year absence, Peace Corps returned to Indonesia in 2010 and has rapidly grown into a program of 88 Volunteers teaching English at schools and madrasahs in East and West Java. Why , you may ask, is English so important to the development of Indonesia? A cornerstone of the national curriculum, English language acquisition and ability is recognized as a means for the country to further grow and integrate its economy and to expand its presence both regionally and globally. Thus our program and our Volunteers are directly engaged in and supporting the development goals of the Republic of Indonesia while also contributing to the mutual respect, understanding and goodwill that Americans and Indonesians share.
Indonesia, is a beautiful, diverse land that has a rich history and a bright future and as a Peace Corps Volunteer if you arrive with an open mind, an open heart and a sense of humor and humility you will be welcomed and rewarded with one of the most challenging but life affirming and life changing experiences.
What Sargent Shriver said so eloquently 50 years ago, “Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us,” resonates with me and why I believe in the impact and importance of Peace Corps. If you do too and are considering “the toughest job you’ll ever love,” we are waiting for you.