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 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
They say all caterpillars have to go through a time of hardness before they come butterflies and that was given to me through my trip with Step and other friends. It trues that friends wont last forever but memories do and thank you for giving me best memories in my summer 2018..
Son Nguyen, Vietnam
If I were given a miracle, I would choose to turn back the 10 days of STEP's camp.
On that 10 days, though we experienced such extreme living conditions, bright smiles still existed on our faces since each of us knew we were making impact on our community. Cultural differences, language barriers, diverse personalities coundnt stop us from being friends and sharing love. Mannual work and teaching sessions taught us happiness and positiveness should come from inside. We met one-of-a-kind locals and kids on the camp site. Thus, we learnt and grew up.
Thanks the organizers not only for striving to bring us this memorable lifetime chance but also your high-jinks even in tough situations �
I hope STEP will grow more and more to reach your aims of strengthening young generations and making changes for our society.
Quynh Anh Duong, Vietnam