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Young lecturer shares path to SSEAYP success

The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) has rightly earned a reputation as being the best programme for allowing youth to travel to Southeast Asian countries to promote friendship and mutual understanding.
Of course, it is not easy to join this programme. Those selected must be outstanding youth who can strengthen the spirit of international cooperation while speaking and writing English language very well. Every year, SSEAYP holds exams to select outstanding youth to join this programme.
This year is the 44th of SSEAYP and on May 30 it announced the list of 28 outstanding youth (14 women and 14 men) who have been selected to attend the programme.
A young Lao lecturer from the Mass Communications Department of Faculty of Letters under the National University of Laos (NUoL), Mr Phongphasith Southammavong or Mr Kot, is one of the successful young people selected to participate in SSEAYP this year.

Young lecturer, Mr Phongphasith Southammavong

Before attending the programme, he had to pass a written exam on May 13 and final interview on May 19.
Mr Phongpasith explained his success to Vientiane Times noting that he has known about this programme since he was in secondary school. He collected a lot of information about the programme and also undertook intensive English writing and speaking practice before taking the SSEAYP exam.
This year, he set a target to attain his dream of being accepted into SSEAYP by studying hard for one month and seeking information about the programme. He focused his studies on Lao history, culture, politics and other fields through many texts and the internet. He also consulted with past SSEAYP participants for their experience.
Not too long after attending the exam and interview, he was selected to join SSEAYP.  “I am very happy that I could successfully tackle every issue in the written exam and interview,” he said. 
Before travelling to the five countries of Japan, Cambodia, Thai, Indonesia and Malaysia with the programme in October, Mr Phongpasith will prepare lessons in cultural exchange with other countries.
This year, SSEAYP will take 28 outstanding youth from Laos, Japan, Cambodia, Thai, Indonesia and Malaysia with activities including forums, sport and recreation, academic discussions and cultural exchange.
His good English communication skills have already allowed Mr Phongpasith to attend many international programmes abroad such as the 3rd Asean +3 Children Forum in Thailand in 2014, Asean Integrated Media Practice Scholarship in Bangkok, Thailand and Asean Youth Workshop on Media Literacy in Bangkok, Thailand.
SSEAYP is carried out by the government of Japan (through the office for International Youth Exchange of the Cabinet Office) with the active participation and cooperation of Southeast Asian countries.
The aims of this programme are to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youth of Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries, to broaden their perspective of the world, to strengthen their spirit of international cooperation, and practical skills in various fields in the globalising society and to contribute to society in areas such as youth development.
These aims can be achieved through shared living onboard the ship, introducing each other to their countries, and participating in discussions and various exchange activities both onboard and in the countries to be visited.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update June 17, 2017 )

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