This was originally published at the US Embassy Bangkok web site.
SONGKHLA, Thailand – On March 13-14, 2010, a group of U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni from Thailand organized a “Language Learning with the Upperclassmen” Camp at Lam Suan-On, Muang Songkhla.
More than 50 secondary school students grades seven to nine took part in the fun-filled activities. The event kicked off with Mr. JP Schutte, Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, presiding over the opening ceremony and delivering welcome remarks to the students who participated in the program. Then the spotlight moved to the YES alumni who returned from the U.S. in 2009. It was this group who took the initiative to organize the innovative and interactive two-day cultural learning camp.
Camp participants were treated to a rare opportunity to practice their English and learn about American culture from local students who had spent a year studying in high schools throughout the United States. The alumni also explained how they won YES scholarships and inspired the camp participants to follow similar paths in the future. With their active involvement in the community and with the young students, these YES alum have set a great example of how to give back to Thai society through community service. Congratulations to all!
The camp was sponsored in part by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs section’s “Community Development in Four Southern Provinces” program, administered by AFS.