World Youth Alliance, WYAAP Summer Camp


By: Celeen

The Camp I Love

May 9, 2011, the first day of the WYA Summer Camp, the first day I got to be in the presence of numerous intellectual yet the most amazing people I have ever met. What’s interesting is that all of those amazing people were older than me, yes… I was the “bunso,” as Kuya Darren says. With them I felt love, care and support in every second of the day. They made the summer camp less scary as I thought it would be. They made the six days of summer camp the best summer experience I ever had in the Philippines.

But it wasn’t all fun and games, there were intense activities that required study habits at its maximum power. Learning a 400 page book full of college level articles for an incoming 4th year high school student is no joke. It was a struggle for me to understand most of the words, but that was the challenge. Gladly our facilitators a.k.a faci’s were great teachers and Manang Anika Tirador, my school mate in Assumption Iloilo, was absolutely right when she said they were “VERY understanding.” It was a fun learning experience and how I wish our facilitators in school would teach in the same way.

Although there were head banging moments when I was pressured with time, but I’m glad that I was able to finish the summer camp. I consider this week one of the best accomplishments I achieved in my life. This experience made me discover new facts about myself and more about the human person not only through the readings that we took up but through the people who I proudly call my family too. I believe that I am a new person now; there were things that I have forgotten that have been refreshed in my mind, new things were added to improve my knowledge and character too, but the one thing that I’m thrilled about is the future things that I will learn in the future because of this special knowledge that WYA summer camp gives.

When we get back to our usual lives to study and work, I believe that we can gradually make a change in our society, in our country and the world. I will surely miss the magnificent place of Binmaley, Pangasinan, the awesome people in the camp, and the whole experience itself. I wished this week would never end but time has come for it to end. The WYA summer camp ends today, but it surely is the beginning of a new life.