Robert “Nick” Nichols, Nieuw Jakarta’s academic director, sent us the following note and photos from the center’s recent Fourth of July celebration. Nieuw Jakarta is HAL’s crew training center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A red, white and blue Fourth of July party was hosted by the ms Nieuw Jakarta’s crew committee with a country and western theme. Management, local staff, students and crew celebrated America’s Independence Day with traditional games of tug of war, sack race, balloon toss, sports competitions of soccer, basketball and ping pong and enjoyed a real American barbecue of hot dogs, hamburgers, steak and corn on the cob – a big hit. For the first time ever a Forth of July t-shirt design contest was held with the winning design printed on t-shirts and given to students to wear that day. Students also performed in a crew show about America and each class strutted their best country western dance styles in a country and western dance contest.
As part of cross-cultural awareness, puzzles and quizzes about the United States and how Americans celebrate the holiday were given to students during the week leading up to the event and students were introduced to why Americans celebrate and the importance of Independence Day. The event was topped off by students and staff singing ‘God Bless America’ and a grand fireworks display, a first at ms Nieuw Jakarta.