Java, Indonesia

“Plucking” tea leaves refers to the harvesting of those leaves growing above the flat top of the tea bush—known asthe plucking table.Here, women rest after a long day of plucking, a livelihood requiring both skill and speed. The women are generally paid by the weight of the leaves they have picked, so the ability towork quickly isessential. The Indonesian tea business was started in the 18th century by the Dutch. The volcanic soil and tropical climate made Java perfect for growing tea. Thanks to women like these, Indonesiais now the world’sfifth largest teaproducer.
Photo © 2010 John Schilling


Indonesia/Republik Indonesia
Southeastern Asia, archipelago of 13,000 islands between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Mostly coastal lowlands, larger islands have interior mountains. 1,904,569 km2 (slightly < 3 x TX), 11% arable.

Capital Jakarta (9.1M)

Population 248M (130/km2)

Life expectancy 72 years


Literacy 90%

Lang(s) Bahasa Indonesia (OFFICIAL) (modified form of Malay), English, Dutch, local dialects of which the most widely spoken is Javanese

Religions Muslim 86%, Protestant 6%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, other 3%

Ethnic Groups Javanese 41%, Sundanese 15%, Madurese 3%, Minang­kabau 3%, Banjar 2%, Banten 2%, Betawi 2%, Bugis 2%, other, 30%

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $4,700

PCVs 1963-65, 2010-present; English education. Volunteers in country: 43. Total volunteers to date: 87.

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 17 August (1945)

indigenous design from Indonesia

Batik with floral pattern.
Copyright © Julie Olsen

Map of the world

Focus word for 2012 - "Friendship"

Bahasa Melayu (OFFICIAL): Persahabatan (Purrr-sah-ha-bah-ton)


The Raid: Redemption (Serbuan maut), Gareth Evans (2011)


Surviving Against the Odds
by S. Ann Dunham
Book Description
Subtitled Village Industry in Indonesia and published in 2009, Surviving Against the Odds is based on the 14 years of doctoral dissertation research Dunham, President Obama's late mother, gathered among rural metal workers on the island of Java.

Kids' Books

Gift Of the Crocodile: a Cinderella story
by Judy Sierra
Publisher: New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2000
ISBN-10: 0-689-82188-3
40 pages
Ages 4-8

Dance & Music

Satu Tiga (4:05 min)
Elvy Sukaesih (4:54 min)


Babi Guling/Balinese roast pork
Es Campur/Ice drink