Vietnamese teenagers join US camp for community service

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Over a hundred teenagers from in and around Hanoi joined a US Embassy camp for communication skills and community service last week, the embassy said in a release on Tuesday.

The youth camp, which is part of the English access microscholarship program, was held Friday to Sunday in Ninh Binh Province.

The camp provided an opportunity to practice English language skills while also learning critical thinking and communication skills, the release said.

A workshop on creative, action and service was held at the camp and participants were given fresh insights into extracurricular and volunteer activities that are popular with their American counterparts.

"I am interested in doing volunteer work but don't know how and where to start. Through this workshop, I realize that there are a plenty of ideas for doing community service we can initiate right at our school. I was extremely impressed with how a small creative idea can really make a big difference," a participant was quoted as saying in the release.

The English access microscholarship program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 14 to 18 year-old students from disadvantaged sectors through after school English classes.

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