The 2013 PSU – BSU English Camp was a great experience that allowed Thai students to improve their English proficiency by communicating with native English speaking teachers while having fun, making new friends, and participating in creative activities under the motto “Live together - Learn together - Play together”. The program was a great success for the 107 students from all five PSU campuses and the PSU Saplings Scholarship Project, and for the 16 Camp Leaders from Ball State University, USA, who have closely worked together, as well as for the two universities who once again proved their friendship. The strong dedication of Dr. Kris Rugsaken, Camp Director from BSU, and the enthusiasm of the PSU International Affairs made this 11th edition of the PSU–BSU English Camp, as well as the other 10 previous camps, possible and prosperous.
The camp’s activities were organized in southern Thailand, in Trang, Surat Thani, and Krabi provinces, from May 9–28, 2013. The camp leaders also had the chance to visit Bangkok and Hua-Hin, and enjoyed a cultural show at the Rose Garden. Some of the many activities for students and camp leaders includes walking through the canopy walkway of the Peninsular Botanic Garden (Thung Khia), visits to Plan Toys factory, aquarium, Kradae Jae the Monkey Training Center, Salaka Garden, Thai Silk village at Chai Ya and Phumriang, a cruise around Phang-Nga Bay and James Bond Island, sightseeing at Tha Pom Song Nam, Krabi, and the Visakha Bucha Day Ceremony.
For the farewell party, a variety of shows were prepared by students and camp leaders, during which students wore creative costumes, presented Thai dances and sang songs, while teachers surprised with a comedy show that greatly amused the students. The highlight of the party was a popular Thai song “Splash out” when all participants danced together.
The seeds of knowledge and friendship that were planted during the English camp will continue to grow in the years to come. PSU and BSU look forward to welcoming everyone again in the next year’s camp.