About Our Group

We are a group of 12 students and 2 professors from Calvin College venturing to Indonesia for three weeks. While in Indonesia, we will visit schools and businesses, along with seeing the sights! We fly out from GRR on January 2 and arrive back in Grand Rapids on January 23.

Friday, February 1, 2013

January 21: Flying, a School Visit, and Creambaths!

We left the hotel at 5am and drove to the airport, ready to leave Bali for Jakarta.  Our plane was late so we had some time in the airport to relax.  When we arrived in Jakarta, we grabbed our baggage and pulled out some professional clothing, as we were going to stop at a school on our way to Karawaci.

After changing into our professional clothes and buying a few snacks, we got on our bus to head to IPEKA.  When we arrived at IPEKA, we went to a conference room to hear about what their perspective on education is, where exactly their campuses are located, and what they're planning for the future.  Then we split up into two groups and toured the school.  This school was also in a high rise type building, I believe it was 6 stories, although unlike SPH in Karawaci (the other high rise school) they were able to have a pool, tennis courts, and other sports facilities located around the building.  (Growing up in West Michigan I've never seen a school in a high rise, so I'm still trying to get used to this idea.)  We went back to the conference room where they provided us lunch and we talked a bit more while we ate.

 Students in the hallway

 The Canteen (Cafeteria)

Professor Van Der Heide and Professor Buursma
with some of the people from IPEKA

We then left IPEKA to head to our creambath appointments!  We had to go in shifts, so we dropped some off at the salon and some went back to the hotel and went later.  If you are ever in Indonesia, get a creambath!  They wash your hair and put some stuff in it and massage your head, neck, shoulders, and arms.  It felt amazing!  Some of the girls also got manicures and/or pedicures.  Ruwan and Professor Van Der Heide got their hair cut and Rachel got a perm.  We all left the salon feeling wonderful and looking pretty good!

We picked up some people at the hotel and then we all headed out to dinner.  We split up and had dinner wherever we wanted to eat.  We had the rest of the night off and the group I ate with ended up at the mall riding a roller coaster and playing arcade games!  We all enjoyed our free time and some of us made use of the time to write journals or go on the wifi, and then went to bed to prepare for our last day in Indonesia.


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