The Land of Dragons – Abraham Kahasay, Indonesia 2016-2018
Photos from Abraham’s Service
Abraham Kahasay’s Peace Corps Story
Where and when did you serve? What did you do?
I served in Indonesia from 2016-2018 as an education volunteer. I taught at a local Madrasah middle school on the island of Java.
What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?
Going on a trip with my host parents to meet their family. When we arrived and they asked who I was, my host mom introduced me as her son. That was when I felt truly at home.
What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?
During service, in the most populous Muslim country in the world, having to explain what I thought about the President and his statements.
What do you miss about Peace Corps?
The sense of community made it hard to feel lonely. There were times it definitely bugged me but overall it was nice to know the people around me had my back when I needed it.
What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?
Do you have a favorite quote or local saying that you’d like to share?
I wouldn’t really call it a saying but I usually drink my coffee black with sugar. Which in Indonesian translates to “kopi hitam tanpa gula.” The looks I got were very funny.