Archive for August, 2008
Seven members of the OYG-Cam, who are leaders of Cambodian students from various universities, have been selected to participate in summer course 2008 of the Study of the United States Institute. This is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The program starts from June 29- August 3, 2008. During the program, students were provided lectures, seminar discussions, reading books and group presentation. In total, there are 19 participants-7 Cambodians, 5 Burmese, and 7 Vietnamese.
There were indoor and out door activities within their visit. The programs offered them knowledge on US politics, Governmental System, lifestyle, especially chances to have face to face meeting and interaction with High Ranking persons from the US Government such as City Manager, City Council, Political Activists and Congressmen. Further more, they also get involved in volunteer activities like going to Boys and Girls Club, and Senior Citizens Centre.
During the stay, they were hosted by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where they had great opportunities to visit Spring Field, Capital City of Illinois, Chicago (the 3rd biggest city of the US), St Louis, and Missouri. More importantly, during the last few days before returning home, they spent times in Washington DC for reflection of their whole stay in the US and participated in cultural exchanges with other participating countries from different universities.
This program is such a wonderful course for them to understand about the US political system, their lifestyle, and those from other participating countries. Most of American people are very helpful and friendly, “we have ever forgotten such great memories and experiences” said Miss Chhay Chansopheaktra, one of the participant. “What we expected before going to the US was just a small thing, but what we found there was tremendously fantastic” she added. We hope this program is still available in the future so that qualified applicants are able to experience and learn new ideas from the US and other countries.
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