Vocabulary and Abbreviations

Some Indonesian words and phrases that may be useful to know when reading Here to Make Friends:

  • Bapak – father
  • Ibu – mother
  • Pak – sir
  • Bu – ma’am
  • Bule – foreigner (literally: albino)
  • Selamatan – celebration
  • Desa – village
  • Kota – city
  • Balai desa/kota – town hall
  • Kepala desa – village chief
  • Kabupaten – district
  • Terima kasih – thank you

There are also lots of abbreviations in the Peace Corps. Here are a few that they use and also a few that you may see here occasionally.

  • PC – Peace Corps
  • PST – Pre Service Training
  • IST – In-Service Training
  • CP – CounterPart (the English teacher a volunteer works with. There can be multiple CPs for a volunteer)
  • PCT – Peace Corps Trainee
  • PCV – Peace Corps Volunteer
  • ID10 – My Peace Corps class. ID9 is the class before mine, ID11 will be after.
  • RPCV – Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
  • ET – Early Termination (when a volunteer ends his or her service early. Can be for many reasons. e.g. health troubles, family issues, boredom, whatever)
  • TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • PACA – Participatory Analysis for Community Action (the Peace Corps’ tool for developing projects within a community)
  • SMA – Sekolah Menengah Atas (High school)
  • MAN – Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (Islamic high School)
  • SMK – Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (Vocational high school)
  • MTsN – Madrasah Tsanawiyah Negeri (Islamic middle school)
  • SMP – Sekolah Menengah Pertama (Middle school)
  • SD – Sekolah Dadar (Elementary school)
  • TK – Taman Kanak-Kanak (Kindergarten)
  • MoRA – Ministry of Religious Affairs
  • MoEC – Ministry of Education and Culture