Moving to a new country is no walk in the park. The logistics feel overwhelming, and when there’s family or a partner moving with you, the list of considerations get even longer. Housing, health services, schools and entertainment are just some of the things that will affect the quality of your life in a new place.

At What’s Up CIFOR, we try to give you an honest idea of what awaits you should you join CIFOR and have to move to either Bogor or Jakarta. CIFOR is sponsoring this website because many people do not know what to expect and may be put off by the unknown, their first impressions when they visit, or the significant challenge of making a home in one of the world’s largest metropolises.

Like any developing country, you can expect a combination of some good with some bad. For instance, there are wonderful places within driving distance, but traffic can be a problem at times. Mosquitoes are a nuisance and sometimes a health risk, but you learn to protect yourself against them. There are good houses and good schools, you may just need to know how to find them.

What you will no doubt find is that the community spirit at CIFOR is rich and dynamic and this will play a big part in helping you settle yourself and your family here. Our one most important advice is – don’t be afraid to ask for help.