AIYA Jawa Barat Hosts a Welcome Night for Semester 2

The faces of AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter

On Tuesday the 4th of September, the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter hosted their opening event for the second semester of the year: a ‘Welcome Night’. The event was held at Bamboo Shack in Dago, Bandung, and was organised by our new AIYA Jawa Barat leadership team, which is made up of Indonesian university students and young professionals from Bandung, plus current ACICIS students studying in UNPAR, including the new President, Shaun Lindfield.

On Tuesday the 4th of September, the AIYA Jawa Barat Chapter hosted their opening event for the second semester of the year: a ‘Welcome Night’. The event was held at Bamboo Shack in Dago, Bandung, and was organised by our new AIYA Jawa Barat leadership team, which is made up of Indonesian university students and young professionals from Bandung, plus current ACICIS students studying in UNPAR, including the new President, Shaun Lindfield.

The Member of AIYA JaBar Gathered up for excited discussions

A great number of both Indonesians and Australians attended the night. The atmosphere and the crowded room were full of excitement with the new and friendly faces in the AIYA JaBar family.

At the event, Shaun shared with all of the new members about what AIYA is, how to become a member and some of the events being held in the upcoming semester. Some of these interesting events being planned include language exchanges, many sports events (including Futsal which opened last Monday), movie screenings, and farewell party at the end of this semester to say goodbye to the current ACICIS students.

As well as the President announcing these exciting plans, representatives of Bamboo Shack and a representative of the World Clean-Up Day talked about their interesting programs for youth, both foreign and local, in Bandung. The World Clean-Up Day, in particular, is something that AIYA JaBar members will be taking part in this coming Saturday (check out our Facebook Page for more details)!

Bamboo Shack was filled with both Australian and Indonesians along with their excitement

The welcome night made a positive impression on all who attended. For old friends who have returned, or the new members who signed up on the night, we look forward to an exciting semester to come!

‘Apa Kabar, Jabar?’: a successful soft-opening for the revamped Jawa Barat Chapter

Last Thursday, on the 19th of April, the Jawa Barat Chapter had their first relaunch event: a ‘soft opening’ called ‘Apa kabar, Jabar?’ The event was held at Bamboo Shack in Dago, Bandung, and was organized by the newly-formed AIYA Jawa Barat leadership team including current ACICIS student and new President Philip Hibbard.

Many people, both Indonesian and Australian, attended the night. The atmosphere was full of excitement when the new members of AIYA JaBar were welcomed.

At the event, we all shared our knowledge and experiences about what it’s like to live in Australia and Indonesia. In particular, we shared about culture, social life, government, economy, entertainment, and many other topics.

We also enjoyed funny riddles and sharing sessions. A few of us thought the sharing sessions were most fun, because we could hear about unique experiences. Some of those experiences included hearing from the Australians who are studying in Indonesia, and the Indonesians who have studied in Australia.

This welcome night should be regarded as the first of many future AIYA JaBar events, and has made a positive impression for all involved. We look forward to building strong ties between Australia and Indonesia through sharing our understanding and experiences in the future!

Some of the committee members and event participants posing with the national flags.

Some of the committee members and participants enjoying the event!