A Youth-led Initiative focused on promoting Community Development, Youth Development and Peace Development
The two Sustainable Development Goals that we focus are
Goal 4 (Quality Education) & Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities)
STEP FORWARD EXCHANGE CAMP
Annually, STEP Forward Exchange hold Community Service Camp in Vietnam with the aims to foster youth responsibilities in social activities as well as to encourage and improve cultural awareness and understanding between local and international communities.
Moreover, through experiential learning, we encourage people of all backgrounds to improve self-awareness,social understanding, learn new skills and explore their potentials.
STEP Forward works to improve the livelihood of impoverished families and communities in rural areas of the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam. This is achieved through the provision or reparation of housing and schools, micro-finance loans and scholarship programs.
The Mekong Delta is a region in southern Vietnam. Despite strong agriculture and aquaculture industries, industrial infrastructure and foreign investment is relatively small across the region. As a result, the area has remained largely undeveloped economically.
STEP Forward Exchange gives everybody a platform to contribute a helping hand toward the betterment of community. I had the opportunity to join one of the programs of Vietnam Camp 2019, Vung Tau, "Green You, Green the World" where we educate the community about importance of caring about the environment, beach cleaning by working together with Chay Nhat (local NPO), visiting environment-friendly shop (Malala) & Boba Tea/ Coffee shop (Haiyang Tea), practicing "green" lifestyle, making friends with local people, learning local cultures & language, visiting beautiful tourist destination, and eating a lot of delicious local cuisine. In addition, from the experience we can learn to work together with fellow volunteer for making the impact as big as possible. Since small actions contributes to big changes .
Gregorius Jacob Dwi Prakoso, Indonesia
The opportunity to work with STEP is one of the valuable experience I’ve have in my 20s. Through STEP, I had opportunity to meet many people and creat values together. This is the bridge between people who have a love in volunteer & social projects to come & connect to each other and support others who need help.
Moreover, when you take part in programs of STEP, you will gain many experiences and skills. You will have chance to work with foreign friends. Your English skills will be improved and you will know more about diffident cultures in the world and learn the way to tolerate each other’s differences. These things will help you to be a global citizen in the future.
I wish STEP with the highest energy and motivation to continue your ‘noble mission’. And I hope that you- my future friend- we will meet each other one day in STEP Forward Exchange 😊. From Andy with big love ❤️
Duong Tieu Ngoc, Vietnam
Step Forward Exchange gave me many great experiences which helped me improve many skills. During Korea-Vietnam Summer Workcamp, I studied many things in there, I knew many cultures of Korea. Especially, I was really lucky when I was instructed by Wendy Who I admired for many things. I hope that I have many opportunities attending programs at Step Forward Exchange.
Bui Thanh Hieu, Vietnam
STEP Forward not only give me opportunities to contribute to the local community especially the children but only help me develop myself in many ways especially teamwork and leadership skills. I was join STEP Forward camps twice, first time as a participant and second time as one of the camp organizers. The experiences I got from the first camp and the support from STEP Forward are very valuable when my friend and I organized our own camp in our home country. I got to learn a lot of things and unforgettable memories from both camps and from joining the organization. I hope it will grow more and more, and expand to more countries all over the worlds
Veerasuda Sriratanasomboon , Thailand
Where I met strangers who would become familiar. Overcoming the language barriers, cultural differences, we who come from different places with distinctive personality worked together to make the miracle even small.
10 days in the camp, we shared both joy and sorrow, there are smiles as well as tears. Despite the short time of the camp, those precious memories will always remain in my heart.
I hope STEP will organize more programs to give young people the opportunity to learn and develop, experience new things and help the surrounding community. Looking forward to the chance of participating in future STEP activities.
Thien Trang Vo, Vietnam
STEP is a well-organized group with interesting programs and outstanding facilitators. The workcamp they organize every year is a very great platform to meet bunch of enthusiastic and self-driven volunteers from different countries to carry out volunteering activities especially in rural area of Vietnam besides getting to understand more about each other's cultures and background. I've spent my last summer here and it was definitely all worthwhile!
Chun Yong, Malaysia
My volunteering time at STEP has been incredible. It continuously taught me something new about people, about cooperation, about compassion, and about myself. I decided to participate in STEP because I love meeting different people from different backgrounds and cultures while volunteering. I also like having my comfort zone stretched and expanded. STEP has not only fulfilled my expectations but also give me many chances to create new “weak tie” connections that lead to career opportunities. First joining as a volunteer, not long after that I became a team leader, and in the near future I will be cordinating an International Workcamp!
And now I'm really looking forward to working with you and the next workcamp!
Thank you again STEP, especially Wendy and anh Minh, I wish you good luck and all the best
Nghia Nguyen, Vietnam