The Living-in Experience, an internship program for less fortunate residents of Greater Jakarta, is part of the Recruitment & Training System for young reporters of The Jakarta Post. Below are personal accounts of those who recently took part in the three-day-and-two-night internship programs in Kampung Akuarium, Penjaringan district, North Jakarta; in Klender, East Jakarta and in Marunda, North Jakarta. 

by Ardila Syakriah

A Transjakarta bus parks in the barren, pitch-black dark compound of the rent subsidized Muara Baru low-cost apartment complex (Rusunawa) in North Jakarta. There is no bus stop; only the bright light shining from in-side the bus shows the way for potential passengers. Most of the people lining up to board the bus that evening were residents of the Marunda Rusunawa located further along the northern coastal area of Cilincing. Transjakarta buses provide the only free public transportation for residents of the apartment complex. Many passengers stood in the packed aisle of the bus, hands clutching the hanging straps. One of them was Karyono, 56, a resident of the Marunda Rusunawa. Karyono decided to rent a unit in one of the four clusters in his apartment complex after his previous home, located underneath the Jembatan Tiga overpass in Penjaringan, which he referred to as Kolong, w...