Illuminating the Future: Summer Camp for Vietnamese Youth and Students in Europe

On August 24, representatives from the Vietnam Youth Student Summer Camp gathered at the Vietnam Cultural Center in France for a special occasion: the ninth opening ceremony of the camp.

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The Vietnam Youth Student Summer Camp in Europe, named “Shine as you are – LUMOS,” is currently taking place in Paris, France from August 24-27.


This year’s event, themed Future World, is set to provide campers with an exciting and innovative experience. Nearly 200 campers from 10 European countries, including friends from the US, have registered for the 2023 event in France.

Summer Camp for Vietnamese Youth, Students in Europe: Future World

The ninth opening ceremony of the Vietnam Youth Student Summer Camp in Europe took place on August 24 at the Vietnam Cultural Center in France. Source: Portal of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union


The Summer Camp is a highly anticipated event for the Vietnamese youth community in Europe, providing a platform for connection and engagement. The camp spans four days and three nights in Paris, featuring a range of activities. It is sponsored by the Embassy of Vietnam in France, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Youth Union, the Central Vietnam Student Association, the Vietnamese Cultural Center in France, and the Vietnamese Association in France, Europe, Union of Vietnamese Youth and Students in Europe.


The Vietnam Youth-Student Association in France, with approximately 20,000 members and 20 local branches, is at the forefront of youth and student movements in Europe. As the trusted representative of Vietnamese youth in France and Europe, the association has been instrumental in organizing summer camps for nearly 20 years.

Summer Camp for Vietnamese Youth, Students in Europe: Future World
Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang poses for a photo with the students. Source: Portal of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union


Le Thi Thu Hang, Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairwoman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, congratulated and commended the youth student movement in Europe, particularly in France. The opening ceremony was attended by the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Chairman of the Vietnam Youth Union, and a delegation from Vietnam, who delivered a message encouraging young people and students to excel in their respective host countries while maintaining a strong connection to their homeland.


Nguyen Ngoc Luong, Chairman of the Vietnam Youth Union, acknowledged the contributions made by young Vietnamese people in Europe and emphasized their importance as part of the Vietnamese Youth Union. He expressed hope that young Vietnamese people abroad will continue to foster unity, forge friendly relations with other nations, and make significant contributions to the socio-economic development of Vietnam.


The summer camp includes an exhibition on the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the sea and island sovereignty of Vietnam. A workshop on “Renewable energy – Sustainable development and Artificial Intelligence” is also scheduled. The closing ceremony will feature the presentation of the rotating flag to the Vietnamese Student Association in Germany, the host of the 2024 Summer Camp.


The Summer Camp for Vietnamese Students in Europe is an annual event organized by the Vietnamese Youth Students in Europe. It aims to connect young Vietnamese people abroad, strengthen cultural ties, and promote sporting and scientific exchanges among youth. The first summer camp was held in the Czech Republic in 2007 under the name “Meet Prague,” followed by camps in Russia. Since 2015, the All-Europe Youth Summer Camp has become an annual event, with each year’s camp hosted in a different European country.

Hannah Nguyen