Arrival in Bontang, Borneo and Other Chess Sites Thursday, Oct 1 2009 

This past Saturday two other Chess for Education Abroad volunteers and myself set off for their sites throughout Indonesia.  We will be starting several chess clubs in east Kalimantan (Borneo), South Kalimantan, and West Java.  I will be working in Bontang, East Kalimantan setting up several Western Chess clubs as well as the CEA’s first pilot XiangQi, or Chinese Chess, clubs.

More updates will follow about our progress in the coming weeks.  And, hopefully, the other CEA volunteers will be able to post updates on their own progress as well.

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Thank you and Terimah Kasih

Paul Chiariello

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New Chess Oppurtunities in Indonesia Saturday, Sep 12 2009 

Currently I am in Bandung in Java learning Bahasa before I go out to Kalimantan (Borneo).

I was not planning on starting to work on CEA stuff before I got to my site, but while i was driving down the street earlier this week I saw a sign for “Chess for Life.”  More than intrigued, I copied down the number and later met with some of the tutors there find out about their program and tell them about Chess for Education abroad.

After meeting with two of the teachers there, Jimmy and Marulitua, and losing a game of chess was told that C4L is a for-proft chess club and gives private lessons to kids in the area.  There goal is to teach life skils through the game of chess.  They just recently opened this past year and are already doing so well they hope to expand to other cities in Java.

There are a lot of possibilitiesof partnering for both sides.  The CEA may be able to provide small scholarships and introduce othe chess variants while C4L would be able to provide tutors and help manage CEA programs.

The future is a fruitful place and i’ll be back at the C4L office next week to see what it holds.

Thank you,

Paul Chiariello