The Vietnam Summer Camp in Ho Chi Minh City, which saw the participation of more than 160 overseas Vietnamese youth from 21 nations and territories, came to an end on July 30.
Participants laid down floral wreaths at the Ho Chi Minh statue, paid tribute to the fallen soldiers at the Ben Duoc memorial temple and visited the historic Cu Chi tunnels.
Thien Truc, who returned to Vietnam from Germany, said he wished to become a singer and perform Vietnamese songs overseas to help international friends learn more about Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Van Anh, an overseas Vietnamese from Laos, said this was the first time she participated in the summer camp and was able to discover the numerous local historic sites.
“I made unforgettable memories on my trip and it made me love the country more”, she added.
This year’s event, “Proud of Vietnam”, enabled participants to visit numerous historical and cultural relic sites, such as the mausoleum of the late President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, the Hung Kings Temple in northern Phu Tho province and Ho Chi Minh’s homelands in central Nghe An province.
The youngsters also paid tribute to the late General Vo Nguyen Giap at his tomb in central Quang Binh province, and visited Truong Son cemetery, the Vinh Moc tunnel complex and Quang Tri ancient town in central Quang Tri province.
The annual summer camp aims to help Vietnamese expatriates understand the country’s history, development and international integration process, Vice Chairman of the Foreign Ministry’s State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Le Quoc Thinh said.
It also offers a great chance for overseas Vietnamese youth to share experiences with each other and improve their Vietnamese language skills, he added.