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Congratulations to 20 Thai Successful Candidates of CTEP 2012!

Congratulations to 20 Thai Successful Candidates of CTEP 2012!

We would officially announce the 20 successful participants to be attending the Cambodian-Thailand Exchange Program from 24th November – 2nd December 2012 in Trat, Thailand.

Please confirm your participation to netting2005@gmail.com by 5 October 2012

With Love and Peace
Thai CTEP Committee
2 October 2012

1 Mr. Nawakhun Sornubol Lamphun
2 Miss Pornpimol Tinanoy Sakeao
3 Mr. Panakorn Dejthumrongwat Bangkok
4 Miss Thita Orn-in Trat
5 Miss Nongnapas Boon-anake Nonthaburi
6 Mr. Nawit Aunvichit Suphanburi
7 Miss Kanchanaphan Poonudom Nakhornpathom
8 Mr. Soravis Tovivich Bangkok
9 Miss Supatra Malairojsiri Bangkok
10 Mr. Taechit Panyasomsakun Nan
11 Mr. Phupa Sutthi Bangkok
12 Miss Nutnichapuck Wuttha Ayuthaya
13 Mr. Chutidet Chuenjit Chiang Mai
14 Miss Wirada Saelim Songkhla
15 Miss Ruedeerat Pakawatchai Songkhla
16 Miss Boonyanut Chompaen Phuket
17 Miss Wanitcha Wannasook Udon Thani
18 Mr. Thatsawit Duangthong Sisaket
19 Miss Supawadee Tasawang Ubon Ratchathani
20 Miss Chuti-garn Jentrakulrod Mahasarakham

Substitution (9 persons)

1 Miss Atcharee Alongkornpradap Chiang Mai
2 Miss Suteemar Tiencharoen Bangkok
3 Miss Wanida Phoothongkan Sakhon Nakorn
4 Miss Sutsinee Nithatek Bangkok
5 Miss Kusuma Sareebunyarit Chonburi
6 Miss Siribhorn Sanguansin Bangkok
7 Miss Jitjuta Panjasuwan Chiang Mai
8 Miss Theera Kantharote Chiang Mai
9 Miss Chatkamon Sookchan Nonthaburi

 

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In Peace We Trust, In Us We Change

Written by Chanvetey Vann, Ornicha Tantiwechwuttikul, Pachara Sungden

We are ONE

“Before I came here I felt afraid. We have negative feelings toward each other, but if we don’t make ourselves come close to them, we will never know,” said Sambo Prak, a Cambodian participant in 1st Cambodia-Thai Exchange Program. “But when I am here, I really enjoy living with them.”

Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program (CTEP) is a seven-day youth camp takes place on November 7th to 13th 2011 with total fifty-five participants from both countries. The youth camp is organized by Initiatives of Change Association (ICA) in cooperation with Thai Volunteer Services (TVS) in purpose of restoring and strengthening the relationship between Cambodia and Thailand. This youth camp allows participants from both countries have a chance to create better understanding and mutual trust as well as alleviate discrimination and prejudice in personal level.

The camp is conducted under the theme “Let’s Learn to Live Together”. “We need a space where we can live and share experience together,” said Saksinee Emasiri Thanakulmas (Ying), a committee from Thailand. “Unlike many other conferences where political issues are heavily discussed, CTEP allows people of the two countries to first-handedly develop understanding and reshape their perception by actually living together.” She continued.

Throughout the program, a variety of activities are introduced such as family group, workshop, peace and conflict-related discussions, cultural night and so on, to break the invisible wall and encourage participants to be opened and learn more about each other. These activities eventually bring the two together as one, despite all the differences.

Not only did they learn from their friends, but also did they come to understand themselves better through the reflection of others’ stories. Quiet Time, one of the daily-based activities, enables participants to sit quiet and listen to their inner voice. “During the day, how many times you listen to your inner voice?” asks Sovathana Neang (Nana), a Cambodian committee.
A topic is given each quiet time such as family issue, relationship problem, childhood experience and so on, to assist participants to open up their mind. After a moment of quietness, with a lot of comfort ready to give and hearts ready to hear, many participants start to share their story, and it is then that a sense of trust gradually develops.

When asked about his impression toward to CTEP, Poramet Parkpian, a Thai participant and Ubon Ratchathani University student, said, “CTEP is a university of peace, love and understanding.” In spite of the fact that Cambodia and Thailand are geographically apart, the hearts of the two countries people have never been separated. If only the political leaders encounter such program that their people do, till then only peace remains.

Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program 2011

Khmer-Lao-Thai Cooking Friendship (ปรุงรสมิตภาพเขมร-ไทย-ลาว)

by Netting CTEP Thailand

Photo by Pisith Lim

 

 

 

 

Food and friends are a good combination to build a friendship, we need good ingredients of care loving, trust and understanding. Just like what we are cooking and eating together now. Smiles, laughs, joy, debate, learning are shared in the ICA kitchen. After 3 hours of cooking, finally, it is our time to enjoy the favor of our own Khmer-Lao-Thai dishes and share the story behind. Friendship and Love grow along our eating and conversational hour. This is my joy and happiness I have grown with friends from CTEP and SEA Life Matters Course.

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Live&Learn – It is Here Where a Bridge Has Been Built Between Each Other’s Hearts

Experience from Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program 2011 by Thiratri Buasri, Thailand

I’m a traveler who loves to learn. I like to share smiles and laughter with all those people around me, even though sometimes it might be too much (“ha ha” Can’t stop laughing when I seemyself talk a lot). I do! A human life is born and another dies. ‘Why do we make ourselves feel sad?’I believed that before we can share happiness with someone, it must start from within ourselves, from deep feelings of an unconditional heart.  Whatever the reason, “Peace” can’t happen if physical, mental and emotional states are not designed to work together in harmony, and are hostile in our souls. ‘One must have self-love and self-respect before you give it to other people.’

team work

Cambodia is a neighboring country in the Mekong region; it is

we are ready to work in the team

a place I wanted to visit to learn their way of life, a culture no less interesting than any nation in the world. While I was browsing a site with an article ‘Stop the warbetween Thailand and Cambodia’ I was trying to link to it when I saw the announcement for an exchange program between Cambodian and Thai youth. As soon as I started to read the details of the program I found myself having an immediate personal connection. It felt something beginning and before long I was a part of a wonderful project, of building understanding and respect between our two countries.  ‘It was something beginning and I’m looking forward to starting the second half of my life.’

On the first day of my trip to Cambodia, to participate in the exchange program “CTEP” I really did not think of anything more than having new experiences. At the border between Thailand and Cambodia I met with Rany, a Cambodian friend, who had been waiting for us since early morning. From the border we talked together all the way to the resort arriving in the afternoon. First, all of us, Thai and Cambodian, had lunch together. Everyone introduced each other and talked among each other while eating.  It was a very warm atmosphere.  After lunch, arrangements for accommodation were announced, who was to stay with whom. I was sharing with four participating friends together in the same accommodation; with one Cambodian friend called Sotheara and the rest were Thai (from ‘Isaan’ in north-east of Thailand). At the time I imagined, that since we were from Isaan, Sotheara would probably be learning more of the Lao Language than of Thai!  At first, we were in our own worlds, not revealing ourselves too much, but perhaps that it is not uncommon for people who do not know each other well and have not spent time learning from each other.

Cultural Night with Theara

The second night was the culture exchange show. I began to see people starting to eye each other with a meaningful smile, that this day is the start for us. Especially with the last Cambodian friend’s performance, which did not end, as we all came out and danced all night long! I saw such happy smiles, so warm; I can’t explain it, how excellent it was. Even myself, I had not laughed like this for a very long time. ‘Really happy.’ 

The everyday activities that we did together, such as ‘Quiet Time’, ‘Family Group’ and ‘Workshop’ had the concepts to be honest with yourself, each us to think, speak out and to be a good listener. A specific outdoor activity later in the day, involved all of us having to step on a rope together! With the right foot stepping on the left foot of another person who is next to them we need to stand in a single row. ‘Oh well!’, ‘How can we do this?’ Suddenly, there were too many voices talking and no one was listening to anyone. I had to walk away and sit outside and wait for everyone to calm down, then sit back and listen to all their suggestions. Finally, everyone began to listen and we thought we found the way. Then we just did it, even though the weather was very hot, by supporting each other we kept trying and didn’t give up. We moved forward together towards the same goal, on the same rope, and it is called ‘The bond of peace that links our hearts as one.’

we are ONE

These are things that made my whole life change completely.  Thank you for the wonderful peace project “CTEP”, to Khun Netting, Khun Ying and all who were involved. Thank you for the great opportunity that you put it into my hands. Thank you for the love and respect I received from other

we are brotherhood

participants in the program, and thanks to fate and destiny. So far, we have come to life and learned from each other. We have built a bridge between each other’s hearts. In fact, I did not only win new friends, but beyond that, I’ve got the most amazing feeling that everyone is a part of my family.

This is what I got from participating in this program.

In Peace We Trust, In Us We Change

Written by Chanvetey Vann, Ornicha Tantiwechwuttikul, Pachara Sungden

We are ONE

“Before I came here I felt afraid. We have negative feelings toward each other, but if we don’t make ourselves come close to them, we will never know,” said Sambo Prak, a Cambodian participant in 1st Cambodia-Thai Exchange Program. “But when I am here, I really enjoy living with them.”

Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program (CTEP) is a seven-day youth camp takes place on November 7th to 13th 2011 with total fifty-five participants from both countries. The youth camp is organized by Initiatives of Change Association (ICA) in cooperation with Thai Volunteer Services (TVS) in purpose of restoring and strengthening the relationship between Cambodia and Thailand. This youth camp allows participants from both countries have a chance to create better understanding and mutual trust as well as alleviate discrimination and prejudice in personal level.

The camp is conducted under the theme “Let’s Learn to Live Together”. “We need a space where we can live and share experience together,” said Saksinee Emasiri Thanakulmas (Ying), a committee from Thailand. “Unlike many other conferences where political issues are heavily discussed, CTEP allows people of the two countries to first-handedly develop understanding and reshape their perception by actually living together.” She continued.

Throughout the program, a variety of activities are introduced such as family group, workshop, peace and conflict-related discussions, cultural night and so on, to break the invisible wall and encourage participants to be opened and learn more about each other. These activities eventually bring the two together as one, despite all the differences.

Not only did they learn from their friends, but also did they come to understand themselves better through the reflection of others’ stories. Quiet Time, one of the daily-based activities, enables participants to sit quiet and listen to their inner voice. “During the day, how many times you listen to your inner voice?” asks Sovathana Neang (Nana), a Cambodian committee.
A topic is given each quiet time such as family issue, relationship problem, childhood experience and so on, to assist participants to open up their mind. After a moment of quietness, with a lot of comfort ready to give and hearts ready to hear, many participants start to share their story, and it is then that a sense of trust gradually develops.

When asked about his impression toward to CTEP, Poramet Parkpian, a Thai participant and Ubon Ratchathani University student, said, “CTEP is a university of peace, love and understanding.” In spite of the fact that Cambodia and Thailand are geographically apart, the hearts of the two countries people have never been separated. If only the political leaders encounter such program that their people do, till then only peace remains.

Cambodian-Thai Exchange Program 2011