For students first arriving, Indonesia can sometimes be a confusing place. Some differences with the United States are a natural result of the country’s unique culture. For example, television commercials are not just in a different language, but in a different style to appeal to the unique market. Some women dress differently, choosing to wear the conservative head-scarf, or jilbab. And etiquette is different, too. Sometimes, just trying to greet someone politely can be confusing!Fortunately, no visitor is alone. Indonesians are friendly, and will usually help you if you ask. In addition, many Western and American visitors have long experience with Indonesia. Their websites can be very helpful to first-time visitors.Some of these websites are listed below. Please note, however, that the Embassy posts these links as a service to visitors, and not as a recommendation. External links should not be construed as an endorsement of the views contained therein.
- Living in Indonesia: A Site for Expats
Funded by corporate sponsors, this site maintains a large library of information and helpful links
- Living in Indonesia: Transitions Abroad
An article by a British man who used to teach English in Indonesia.
- Indonesia: Executive Planet
A review offering advice on business etiquette in Indonesia.
- Expat Exchange: Indonesia
A user-generated content site about living in Indonesia.
- Expat Blog: Indonesia
This site contains links to blogs written by expats.
- Jakarta: AsiaXpat
This is a well-maintained resource site about Jakarta run by AsiaXpat.com.