Life in Indonesia

Get to know your host country

The Essentials



Language Instruction

AFS Indonesia offers language lessons once a week for the first three months of program. The language training will take place locally and the format will vary depending on each local chapter, family and student. It may be taught by a school teacher, a local volunteer, or the host family.

Digging Deeper

Language Resources
Cultural Resources
News and Media
Movies and Documentaries
  • Wild Indonesia (National Geographic) (2011)
  • Jalanan (2013)
  • Eye of the Day (Part I of a trilogy) (2001)
  • Walking Under Water (2014)
  • Soekarno (2013)
  • The Clerics (2013)
  • How Funny (This Country Is) (2010)
  • Gie (2005)
Books
  • A Shorty History of Indonesia: the Unlikely Nation?
  • A Short History of Bali: Indonesia’s Hindu Realm
  • The Orang Suku of Riau, Indonesia: the Inalienable Gift of Territory
  • Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
  • Demokrasi: Indonesia in the 21st Century
  • Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders Among Bugis in Indonesia
  • The Dance That Makes You Vanish
  • Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey
  • Authentic Recipes from Indonesia
  • This Earth of Mankind
  • The Rainbow Troops
  • In the Time of Madness
LGBTQ Resources (Diversity) Heritage and Ethnicity Resources (Diversity)
Note: The links and resources listed in "Digging Deeper" have been provided to AFS by people involved with our organization, including alumni members, volunteers, etc. AFS has not reviewed the resources in their entirety and presents them "as is" for your own information. As such, the sites, publications, films, etc. do not necessarily reflect the approval of nor the views, opinions, and/or values of AFS.