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Dispatch from the Field: Reflecting on that first month in Indonesia

DISPATCH FROM THE FIELD: REFLECTING ON THAT FIRST MONTH IN INDONESIA
By: Emilie, Environment Unit, UNDP Indonesia


I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I arrived in Indonesia. On the one hand, it feels as though I arrived just yesterday, while on the other hand those first days in this beautiful country seem like they happened ages ago. Reflecting on this past - and extremely busy - month in Indonesia, it actually is of no surprise how remarkably fast time has passed. Here are a few of the many things I have been up to since arriving to work as an intern at the UNDP country office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

My first week in Jakarta was certainly a whirlwind. Between the airlines losing my luggage, looking for a place to live, spending hours stuck in the infamous local traffic and getting food poisoning on, of all days, the first day of my internship, it did not feel like Jakarta was giving me the warmest of welcomes. That being said, Indonesians are among the most hospitable and ki…

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