Our project focuses on “Self-Belief Development” and aims to work with two main groups: Vietnamese children living in shelters and Vietnamese and Cambodian high school students.
For the children living in the shelter, we aim to bring out the best potential in them by connecting and motivating them on a personal level. Through multiple approaches, from camping to community service activities, we hope to nurture in them the firm belief that they have the capacities to pursue their dreams and succeed in life just like anyone else.
For the high school students in Vietnam and Cambodia, we look forward to building a platform where students from both countries can be empowered to become social change agents and inspired to enhance cross-nation collaboration. Under close guidance of the mentor team and through a variety of leadership workshops, as well as interactions with the children living in the shelter, the high school students are encouraged to leave the project feeling confident in their ability to step up and take action for their causes.
a. Leadership Training (intensely in the first week):
- Organize workshops and group activities to train leadership skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, public speaking, teamwork, etc.)
- Create challenges that allow students to apply what they have learned in the first week into designing activities that involve the children from care shelter in the second week
b. Community Outreach (intensely in the second week)
- Involve the children from care shelter in educational workshops (music, science, English) and personal reflection and connection-building activities
- Organize a two-night camp that focuses on enhancing sense of self, of explorations and team bonding
- Run a charity kitchen where the children and project members will cook together and distribute the food to children living on the streets
c. Cultural Exchange
- Homestay program: the Cambodian students will be arranged to stay overnight at a Vietnamese student’s house for two days to get real experiences of local life
- Cultural sharing sessions and performances
- Set up a SEALNet Club in Vietnam where the mentors and high school students in Vietnam can continue working with the shelter and execute other post-project plans
- Engage Cambodian students in the existing SEALNet Club in Cambodia
- Pair up Cambodian and Vietnamese students, and encourage them to work on a project proposal for PC’15. The winning pair will be supported by SEALNet to carry out their project in Cambodia in the summer of 2015.