What is Viviamo! Camp – Asia Pacific?
The Asia Pacific Viviamo! Camp is a two-week summer program which will run from July 12 to 26, 2007 in Manila, Philippines. It has three main parts, and an optional one-week extension:
Introduction to the Philippines & Philippine Society
Participants will go through a three-day introduction to the Philippines and Philippine society prior to the actual Viviamo! Camp immersion. They will be taken on a tour of Manila’s historical spots, guided through the country’s colonial history. At the end of the introductory session, participants will end up with a better understanding of why the Philippines is the way it is today.
The actual Vivamo! immersion entails seven (7) days of living and working in a Gawad Kalinga village. This will allow participants to experience the day-to-day life of the poor Filipino, and to have a hand in implementing Gawad Kalinga’s model for eradicating poverty.
After learning about the Philippines’s development problems both in theory and through actual experience, participants will now talk about the development solutions and challenges in the Philippines. A series of lectures by specialists, coupled with group activities, aim to train participants in developing creative solutions to poverty that take culture and history into consideration, and strike at the very heart of the problem.
At the end of the camp, participants who wish to extend their stay in the Philippines to enjoy the sights may do so with a partner organization, YOUTH TRiP
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How do I apply?
All participants must be members of the World Youth Alliance. If you are not yet a member, sign up online at www.wya.net! Although not a requirement, preference is given to those who are Track A certified and who have participated in the Viviamo! Project of their own region.
Interested applicants must submit their application forms to the Asia-Pacific Director of Operations by June 22, 2007. Upon review of the application, the applicant will be notified about the payment procedures and deadlines.
You may download the application form below or request it from Tamara Tan, Asia-Pacific Director of Operations, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org