As many as 200 outstanding young overseas Vietnamese from 24 nations worldwide returned to their homeland to join the 2013 Vietnam Summer Camp from July 11.

The annual event, organised by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) since 2003, creates an opportunity for overseas youngsters to learn about national traditions, culture and history, as well as enhancing solidarity and exchanges.

This year’s camp, themed “10 years – The call of the homeland” marks the 10 th anniversary of its foundation.

“I sought much information about Vietnam on the Internet before coming back to the join the camp,” said 18-year-old Nguyen Thi Kieu Oanh, a Vietnamese expatriate living in the Czech Republic .

“I promise to study harder, with the pride and tradition of a peace-loving nation,” Oanh said, expressing her hope to join hands to better develop a beautiful Vietnam .

The Communist Party of Vietnam and the Vietnamese Government have long considered overseas Vietnamese an integral part of the nation. Thus policies for this community play an important role in the great national unity policy.
According to Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of COVA Nguyen Thanh Son, the 10th annual Vietnam Summer Camp aims to help young overseas Vietnamese better understand the history and culture of their nation of origin, therefore enhancing their attachment to the country.
The camp is scheduled to open in northeast Ha Giang province, travelling through nine different provinces to end in the country’s southernmost province of Ca Mau .

Participants will have the chance to take part in a string of activities, namely youth exchanges, offering incense at the King Hung temple and visiting President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.-VNA