Web.HCYU.08/7/2013 - Thailand’s Office of Fund for Protecting & Developing Vulnerable Groups (under Thailand’s Ministry of Social Security) has organized the ASEAN Youth Camp 2013 with the theme “ASEAN Common Identity” at Sampran Riverside Hotel (formerly known as Rose Garden Riverside Hotel) in the province of Nakorn Pathom from June 23rd to June 28th, 2013.

The camp was aimed at promoting cooperation among ASEAN youth, building common identity, expanding understanding of the ASEAN Community, strengthening ASEAN citizens’ awareness, thereby creating the basis for ASEAN youth to communicate, cooperate and build a network of relationships in order to "join hands for the ASEAN Community in 2015".

Photo by: HCYU.
Photo by: HCYU.

120 young delegates from 10 ASEAN state members has attended the camp. The Vietnam delegation consists of 12 members, including 07 members selected by the National Committee on Youth of Vietnam, who are officials and members of provincial Youth Unions and Youth Unions from Vietnam’s universities; and 05 members chosen by Vietnam Embassy in Thailand, who are locally residing students.

During the program, the participants have taken their chances to meet and interact with regional youth, received a lecture on the role of youth in building ASEAN Common Identity by Mr. Anothai Udomsilp – President of Public Media Academic Institute, Thai PBS; and participate in presentations on the topic “Young People in Preparation for ASEAN Community in 2015”, which contains 3 main points:
1. Overview of youth in Vietnam.
2. Youth policies & programs in Vietnam.
3. Projects & activities in Vietnam for preparing young people for coping with ASEAN community in 2015.

Photo by: HCYU.
Photo by: HCYU.

The campers also spent time experiencing Thai way of life by visiting Thai village with traditional craft, such as sericulture and weaving, Thai medicine, umbrella painting, boxing, pottery, bakery, rice cultivation, flower art, folk games (bamboo dancing), traditional martial arts, traditional musical instruments, etc.; discussing the topic of “How to build the ASEAN Community”, giving traditional performances and sharing cultural exchanges between countries and with students from Nakorn Pathom Rajabhat University; visiting the Emerald Buddha Temple and the Grand Palace of Thailand; discovering Bangkok, etc.; thereby helping the youth exchange, share and explore cultural similarities in order to contribute to the building of ASEAN Community.

Photo by: HCYU.
Photo by: HCYU.

Along with the main activities, the camp’s organizer also arranged team-building games to help campers remember one another and become closer by passing the language and culture barriers, which were a perfect opportunity for ASEAN youth to introduce their countries’ unique culture and also learn about other countries’, then discussed them to figure out the common identities among countries, which play a vital role in the ASEAN Community. The Vietnam delegation has left a deep impression at the camp by actively taking part in all activities, including giving traditional performances and presentations for the main contents; especially had a corner to show the country's image, people, food and culture.