Overseas Vietnamese Youth Gather in HCMC for Summer Camp Start

At the Opening Ceremony of the 16th Summer Camp, held by the Ho Chi Minh City Committee on Overseas Vietnamese, over 60 young overseas Vietnamese aged 12-22 came together under the theme of "Pride for Homeland of Vietnam".

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Joining the local youth in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) in the came are 60 young Vietnamese people living in many countries around the world such as US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. There are also participants from Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan (China), Cambodia, Singapore, and Australia.

Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC
Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC on July 11 (Photo: TD).

According to the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Vietnamese in HCMC Dinh Тhi Phuong Тhаo, this year’s summer camp program will take place on July 11-15, including 2 days in HCMC, 3 days in Binh Thuan province. In Ho Chi Minh City, participants will visit the Independence Palace, Museum of History. They will also explore the city by the river bus, learning about the lifestyle of the homeland.

Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC
(Photo: TD).

They will also spend a day volunteering at Thanh Аn island commune – Cаn Gіо district visiting and giving gifts to families of difficult conditions, and giving scholarships to students. Volunteers will paint and repair kindergartens and playground named “Students in Thаnh Аn island commune have fun learning English and international integration”.

Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC
Campers prepare for the flower offering ceremony at Uncle Ho’s monument (Photo: TD).

In Binh Thuan province, they will visit Duc Thanh School – a historical relic where Uncle used to be teach. Other destinations include the Fish Sаuce Museum, Ta Cu mоuntain, and Poshаnu Cham Tower. In the evening, there will be campfire exchanges with young people in Binh Thuan province.

Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC
(Photo: TD).

On this occasion, the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union also donated two children’s bookcases to Thanh An island commune, Cаn Gіо district and Binh Thuan province.

The camp aims to be a meaningful and practical playground for sharing and spreading to the overseas youth and young people in the city about the achievements, innovation and development of the country. This is the opportunity for overseas Vietnamese to visit many scenic spots, historical sites, and traditional craft villages, helping them to understand and cultivate their love for the homeland.

They can also exchange the unique culture of each host country, improve life skills and practice Vietnamese communication skills.

Summer Camp for Overseas Vietnamese Youth Kicks Off in HCMC
After 16 years of organization, the camp welcomed nearly 1,000 young Vietnamese people abroad to return to their Vietnamese roots (Photo: TD).
Zoey Nguyễn