Summer Camp inspires young expats’ pride of being Vietnamese hinh anh 1The closing ceremony of Vietnam Summer Camp 2017 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Summer Camp has helped inspire the pride of the homeland of young overseas Vietnamese since it was initiated in 2004.

Deputy Foreign Minister and Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Vu Hong Nam made the statement in his interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the Summer Camp’s 2018 edition, which is taking place from July 10-25 in various localities in Vietnam.

Looking back the 15-year journey, Nam expressed his delight that nearly 2,000 young Vietnamese expatriates had returned to the homeland to attend those summer camps.

The greatest success of the programme is that it has kindled the love and pride of the homeland among generations of overseas Vietnamese, he said, adding that after the camps, they have become “Ambassadors of Culture” helping their friends understand and love Vietnam more.

According to the official, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs has organised 14 programmes since 2004, with each camp having a specific theme and events designed to bring different experiences and lessons on the Vietnamese culture and history for the participants, who previously had little experience in the country.

The camp this year features a big programme of activities across 11 localities from the North to the South, Nam said, adding that the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs has coordinated closely with the related localities in holding activities.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Temple of Hung Kings in the northern province of Phu Tho, and the closing event in Buon Ma Thuot city, the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. In between, the programme includes visits to historical and cultural relic sites in Hanoi and the provinces of Ninh Binh, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Kon Tum and Dak Lak.

Participants will also engage in charitable activities in the central provinces of Nghe An and Quang Nam along with exchanges with domestic youths and overseas young entrepreneurs.

The 2018 Vietnam Summer Camp attracts the participation of 120 young Vietnamese aged between 16 and 24 from 29 countries. -VNA