The Vietnam Summer Camp, now in its 18th year, will take place over a two-week period and offer participants the opportunity to explore historic sites and breathtaking landscapes in 10 cities and provinces throughout Vietnam.

The event is being hosted by the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang delivers a speech at the opening ceremony for Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi on July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang delivers a speech at the opening ceremony for Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

We are delighted to offer numerous opportunities for participants to further connect with Vietnamese culture. Moreover, we will recognize and honor six exceptional overseas Vietnamese individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective overseas Vietnamese communities.

At the opening ceremony of the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairwoman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Le Thi Thu Hang, expressed her enthusiasm in welcoming young overseas Vietnamese to this year’s summer camp.

She also expressed her aspirations for the participants to eventually contribute to Vietnam’s development and actively work towards preserving the Vietnamese language.

“I encourage young overseas Vietnamese individuals to maintain their proficiency in the Vietnamese language, as well as participate in cultural activities such as singing Vietnamese songs and engaging in traditional dances during the camp,” expressed Deputy Minister Hang. She further emphasized the importance of young overseas Vietnamese individuals acquiring culinary skills in preparing traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Belarusian Vietnamese youngsters dance at the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 on July 20, 2023 Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Belarusian-Vietnamese youngsters dance at the opening of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Tran Ha Phuong, a 16-year-old participant of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 from Vientiane, Laos, expressed that conversing in Vietnamese with fellow young Vietnamese individuals allows her to establish a sense of connection with her peers.

Phuong, a resident of Laos, dedicates her free time to participating in art performances at music festivals with the objective of raising funds for different charitable causes.

In addition, she provides complimentary lessons to students from Vietnam, with the aspiration of eventually pursuing job opportunities in the country.

Ha Duong Hai My, a participant from Poland, expressed her excitement about joining the Vietnam Summer Camp 2023. She believes that this immersive experience will foster her deep admiration for Vietnam and its culture. Additionally, she hopes that this camp will equip her with the necessary confidence to effectively introduce Vietnamese traditions to her friends.

Mai Phan Dung, Vice-Chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, emphasized the significant role played by overseas Vietnamese communities in Vietnam’s development strategy. These communities serve as vital links, bridging connections between Vietnam and countries worldwide.

“The Vietnam Summer Camp is a highly significant and enriching initiative designed to instill a deep appreciation for our motherland within the youth of overseas Vietnamese communities, as well as to foster a strong commitment towards preserving and promoting the invaluable cultural heritage of Vietnam,” stated Dung.

Ha Ngoc Khanh Linh, 19, a Vietnamese youth living in Russia, said that she tries to practice speaking Vietnamese. The Vietnamese community in Russia offers Vietnamese language courses. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Ha Ngoc Khanh Linh, 19, a Vietnamese youth living in Russia, said that she tries to practice speaking Vietnamese. The Vietnamese community in Russia offers Vietnamese language courses. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

120 overseas Vietnamese youths join Vietnam Summer Camp 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

120 overseas Vietnamese youths join Vietnam Summer Camp 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Students from the Vietnam National University, Hanoi sing at the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 on July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Students from the Vietnam National University-Hanoi sing at the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

A young Vietnamese girl (C) from the Czech Republic joins Vietnam Summer Camp 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

A young Vietnamese girl (C) from the Czech Republic joins Vietnam Summer Camp 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Overseas Vietnamese youths participate in the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 on July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Overseas Vietnamese youths participate in the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang gives flowers to representatives at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 on July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang gives flowers to representatives at the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Mai Phan Dung, vice chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs speaks with reporters after the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 on July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Mai Phan Dung, vice-chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, speaks to reporters after the opening ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2023 in Hanoi, July 20, 2023. Photo: Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre

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