But of course, there were also differences the trainees were surprised at. It was the first time for Adianto to see the leaves of trees change colour in the fall, a phenomenon that is not known in Indonesia.
And Siba feasted her eyes on the self-harvesting farm where his host parent Anje Himpens, application manager at BP&S, is a member. "He tasted the different vegetables to his heart's content. Especially the yellow tomatoes; he thought they were really special", she says.
An enriching experience that formed a bridge between cultures and was over much too soon for everyone. Najat Belhouari, co-worker at OKay Jette had the same experience: "Dewi has already become part of our family. If only she could stay a few weeks longer!"