Life of an Indonesian Kid

What chores do you have at home?:

At home children in Indonesia often help with household tasks such as washing dishes or helping sweep up the house. In more rural places, children will also start helping with farm work around age 10. 

What jobs do your parents have?:

Jobs vary across Indonesia, but often the mother owns a small warung or restaurant at the house and the father works as a rice farmer.

What time does school start, and what time do you go home?:

School starts at 7 am and goes until 12 pm. Then students often have an hour for lunch where they can go home to eat. Then school begins again at 1 pm and goes until 4 pm.

How do you get to school? Are you allowed to go to school by yourself?:

Usually, students walk with their older siblings or neighborhood friends to school. If the child is old enough (over 10) they can also walk alone. 

Where do you eat lunch? What is your favorite food?:

Usually, kids eat lunch at home or if they live far away they can bring food to school. A common favorite food among kids is Klepon, a traditional desert ball filled with palm sugar and covered with coconut. 

What language do you speak at school? How do you say "Hello" in your language?:

At school, both Javanese and Bahasa Indonesian are spoken. At home families usually speak Javanese or the local language. Hello is Javanese is "Nggoleki". In Bahasa Indonesia hello is different based on the time of day: in the morning it is "Selamat pagi", in the afternoon it is "Selamat siang", and at night it is "Selamat malam".