December was both a nourishing and celebratory month for everyone at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation; it presented us with an abundance of treats! We kicked off the month with Christmas songs echoing throughout the campus; we all worked together to transform our school into a festive wonderland for our annual Christmas party.
Our classrooms were festooned with vibrant decorations, our students created performances that varied from singing and dancing to comedic poetry, yet again their enthusiasm and creativity overwhelmed us all. Of course, a party is not a party without delicious food; everybody shared a delightful spread of festive treats, all of which were prepared by our students and our fantastic kitchen staff. The party was a huge success; we even got to welcome some of our old students, from last year’s intake to the party. They were called to the front to share some of their internship experiences and it was a very proud moment for the staff to see how much they had grown and matured since they had left.
Christmas break for SHF students and staffs
December brought a much-deserved break for everybody at the school; the end of the second semester arrived, resulting in both students and staff excitedly taking off on their Christmas holidays. The students went back to their villages to reconnect with their families; they told stories of their newfound skills and their rapid progress within their departments, encompassing tales of their new experiences gained through meeting guests from all over the world. They were all so excited and full of pride to share their achievements and experiences so far with the people they love.
The staff took this opportunity to relax and explore; most traveled back to their home countries to spend time with family, however, others took the opportunity to relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Three weeks passed quickly and before we knew it, we were back together again, eager to bring life back into our campus.