Since 2021, the Fulbright Leadership Camp has been a much-awaited program for undergraduate students who are interested in solving social issues and creating positive change.
This year, Leadership Camp 2023 took place in Mui Ne from March 30 to April 1. Fifty-two highly motivated, intellectually curious campers were selected out of more than 100 applicants who are student club executives and student leaders of Fulbright community. The challenge prompt for them was “How can you build a greener Fulbright?”.
Through hands-on training and group activities, participants fostered vital skills. They learned about different leadership styles and their own individual ones, which allowed them to communicate better, assess others’ needs, and forge productive relationships.
By developing and proposing community projects, they were one step closer to creating positive impacts on the society. Chosen by the judging panel, the best project was Calmpybara which aimed to promote a greener atmosphere on the campus by inspiring students to grow and take care of plants. Together with the two runner-ups Hearth and Bo Xì as well as the second runner-up We Bare Black, the winning team members will be funded up to 1,000 USD to realize their projects.
Furthermore, the Best Performance award was given to team Xanh Sao for their most voted performance on Gala Night. With outstanding performance and great unity displayed among members throughout the camp, team Bo Xì won the Best Teamwork Award.
With carefully designed training modules during the two consecutive days, Leadership Camp 2023 has captured many hearts and minds of campers. Hồng Hà Giang (Class of 2025) praised that the program was a great opportunity for introverts to extend their network. “It also encourages creativity and innovation by providing participants with challenges that have tight deadlines yet enable a positive, supportive and inspiring platform for us to learn and grow,” continued Giang.
Nguyễn Bảo Khang (Class of 2026) agreed. “This is my first time attending Leadership Camp, and I’m having a great time. I like how camp activities require a lot of teamwork because it allows us to get closer to each other, help each other, and thrive as a team. One of my most unforgettable moments was when we stood on stage and performed together. I also learned about the essence of active listening to others.