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Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp @ Singapore

Written by Issaree Rojanasukarn, BBA#19
Asian Youth Leaders Travel and Learning Camp 2012 (AYLTLC), held in Singapore during August 23 – 27, 2012, is jointly organized by Kai Ti International Holdings Pte Ltd , the student organizing committee from National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU). The camp aims to bring student leaders from the various Asian countries, with the focus on “bridging the differences and let live the Asian dream”. There are five of us from BBA Thammasat, Andaman Chotsrileocha (Andy), Issaree Rojanasukarn (Mew), Pakwan Luksilakul (Nurse), Mingkwan Senawat (Mink), Papada Sirisukhodom (Ning), who joined the camp.
The first day began with an opening ceremony. Many professors from NUS gave us impressive speeches along with a warm welcome luncheon with the organizing committee. During the learning sessions, participants chose the modules that they interested in, and attended the lectures with NUS students. Therefore, we got to experience the actual classroom environment of NUS. We also had the opportunities to discuss about the environmental and economic issues with other participants from other Asian countries, such as Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, we learned how Singapore has developed and become one of the leading countries in Asia.

During the travel sessions, we visited Newater Visitor Centre where we learned about water management in Singapore. Since Singapore is a small country, there is not enough land to collect water from rainfalls. Thus, Singapore has developed new technology for water recycling and desalination. Then we went to Chinatown, Asian Civilization Museum, Merlion Park, Marina Barrage and Singapore River Cruise at Clarke Quay.  
Before the camp ended, we had to do the group presentation about what we learned in the camp. It was a wonderful experience working with students from different cultures and watching their fun presentation styles. Overall, through all the activities lined up, all participants are able to enhance their abilities in cross cultural interaction and cooperation, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the multiracial society in Singapore.  
We would like to thank you the organizing committee and sponsors for the unforgettable experiences in Singapore. We had learned many new things and made life-long friendships along the way. Furthermore, we would like to thank you BBA Thammasat for educating and preparing us to become qualified student leaders for the camp.
Posted date: September 7, 2012 – 11:15 hrs.