World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) concluded its 11th Summer Camp held from May 29 to June 3, 2017 at the Bamboo House Beach Lodge and Restaurant in Puerto Galera, Philippines.
Organized by the WYAAP staff and volunteers, this year’s camp welcomed 32 young leaders from different parts of the Philippines, as well as from Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and China. The camp was a 6-day educational program aimed at training its participants to become better leaders through the WYA Certified Training Program (CTP). Through daily lectures on human dignity, international law and human rights (among other topics), as well as group dynamics, outdoor exercises, and fellowship activities, campers were trained in the discourse of human dignity and in the principles of World Youth Alliance.
“I never thought I could experience that much fun, meeting new people, experiencing new things, and learning with people I’ve just met. It just goes to show how much more we haven’t experienced in life. If I get the chance to join the camp again, I will gladly take it.” (Matthew Ledesma, 2017 Summer Camp graduate)
“For six days, I spent every precious minute with laughter with these 31 diverse people that had come my way despite our differences. It was never an obstacle to create wonderful memories, harmony and solidarity with my fellow campers which made my summer camp a memorable journey. All those fun tricky games, the bond we’ve created, every moment we lived to the fullest completed my journey to the pursuit of genuine happiness. Such camaraderie is for keeps. How can I possibly forget it? (Aries Dulay, 2017 Summer Camp graduate)
Other activities such as The Amazing Race, an outdoor excursion to a nearby waterfall, a game night, and a movie night, were held to foster solidarity among all campers and facilitators, have a deeper understanding of the lessons, and reconnect with one’s natural environment.
Campers were mentored by nine facilitators composed of WYA staff and Certified Members from different professional fields and from different schools in the Philippines.
On the last day of camp, campers underwent the CTP Accreditation Interview–a culminating exam to test individuals’ mastery of the CTP in order to be recognized as a WYA Certified Member. The WYAAP team then welcomed new Certified Members who are now eligible to represent WYA in international events, open and lead a WYA Chapter, join advanced programs of WYA such as the International Solidarity Forum, or become Summer Camp facilitators, among other exclusive opportunities.
WYAAP extends its gratitude to everyone who made this camp possible: our 32 campers, our facilitators, our Regional Interns, aour generous donors and local transportation partners, and to our campers’ parents and guardians. We would also like to thank the Bamboo House Beach Lodge and Restaurant for their hospitality, service, and friendship.
Visit the WYAAP Facebook page to view more photos of the camp.