I was a VIA Fellow in Jogjakarta, Indonesia from 2012-2014 teaching English at the Vocational School in University Gadjah Mada. Those 2 years were, hands-down, the most incredible and memorable years of my life. Teaching and living in Indonesia was life-changing and I don't think I would have had the opportunity or the support to do it without Volunteers in Asia. We had training in Cambodia and wonderful staff in Jogja to help guide and support us as we started working at our posts. VIA helped with everything from learning about local culture, language training, getting us situated with housing, mediating between VIA and the university, assisting with visa/passport issues, and other things as they came up once we were in country.
VIA is great at supporting your teaching/working goals, assisting in any cultural/in-country issues you may face, and is an overall strong and socially conscientious program. I will forever be grateful for being accepted to VIA and working with such a great university and wonderful students. I made memories and gained professional skills that will forever benefit me through this program, so I highly recommend it - especially to recent grads who want to do a bit of traveling while also productively giving back and working abroad.