2nd Trasnational

Jenny Mazi- Greece

It was late in the evening, when a friend of mine texted to me about the application of Action Synergy, regardingthe Culty Project in Vietnam. Firstly, I said to myself there is no way for me to be selected, the chances are not in favor of me. In the end,actually, I got selected and I feel grateful about the unforgettable experience I lived in Vietnam.

Living in Athens, which is a city full of tourists during the whole year and tourism for the whole country is one of the most profitable sector of greek economy. Having worked in a community based cultural project, taking place in a special neighborhood of Athens, interacting with many foreigners during our events, I consider this project as the best opportunity of expanding my skills in alternative cultural tourism and learning more things about this type of tourism in a beautiful, full of culture, country as Vietnam. Except the fact that I would have characterised the whole experience as a life changing experience for my personal evolution, because it was the first time for me having travelled out of the european continent, at the same time I am really satisfied by the knowledge we shared in this particular field of tourism and the professionalism of the CSDS vietnamese team! My expectations were extremely fulfilled, as we travelled across the country and as we experienced two totally different models of tourism “ The Hai-Thai Village” and the more touristic destination of Ha Long Bay. Both of those places offered to us useful tips for the rest of our lives.

Furthermore, I should mention that our well organised trip was a good combination of balanced alternation between of learning and having fun. What I have learnt is about interacting with young people from different countries, exchanging successfully our cultural secrets and traditions, benefiting from each other differences and learning how to broaden the limits of our tolerance to the unknown and respect the different cutural background of every participant. And of course, I will never forget the food that I have tasted there and I must confess that vietnamese cuisine is one of the best for me. I would have liked to have more time to spend in the streets of the colourful city of Hanoi and to visit more museums, but our 5-day-long stay there was literally more than enough to acquire a full flavor of this amazing country.

The memories and the knowledge we took back to our countries will keep us connected and I hope we will meet each other again somehow, somewhere in the near future. Everyone's contribution wasunique and nothing would have been the same without the blend of your amazing special personalities. And, last but not least, as I always like saying to my friends from all over the world: “What we have in common is more than we have in difference, we are citizens of the world”

Daisy Nguyen

One day, one of my teachers told me: “There is an interesting program held by CSDS Vietnam with participants from Greece, India, and Italy. It is related to cultural exchange. I see you meet all of their requirements. Why don’t you apply to join the program?”. That is why I participated in CulTY project in December 2016. Busy with exams as I was, I still felt so excited and had some expectations. In fact, I was over the moon that most of my expectations were met! This was undoubtedly a holiday in which all the chosen destinations were relaxing ones; the activities included were responsible tourism related. Acquiring and exchanging knowledge with all other 3 countries were successfully achieved with further profound understanding culture, tradition, and tourism activities. Connections among 4 countries were made. I am a bit down in the dumps when it came to an end of the 5-day program, yet it is certain that more and more significant projects will follow with the belief of strengthening relationships among 4 countries and contribution to substantial positive changes.

Huyen Nguyen- Vietnam

My expectation before this seminar is getting to know more about tourism in Vietnam and would like to know how foreigners evaluate tourism in Vietnam. I also want to know more friends from Italy, Greece and India. Each country has a different culture and really interesting. That’s why I registered this seminar to explore the new things for myself. During the seminar, I have learned more information about Vietnamese tourism through expert eyes what I’ve never heard before. Now, I have the people like you who always want to develop and protect tourism. Our actions are one of step to get closer than the aim of tourism which we are towards. Eco Village or Ha Long Bay. Only one day was in each place so we could see and discuss more about the situation there and have some comments to help its more development. Talk about our relationship among friends from India, Greece and Italy. I’m very glad to see you all and hosted you in Vietnam. I hope that you had a great time in Vietnam. Friends from Greece. All of you are very cute, enthusiastic, active and friendly. Especially, A Lực and Kana. With A Lực, you had a new mother in Vietnam and learned Vietnamese so fast. I hope you could remember all the words that we taught you. And Kana with your age at the moment, I never believe that you could be so cute and more active like that. You make me believe that no matter how old you are, no matter what you do, let’s live and do whatever you like and you want to do. Our friends from India. I like your dance, I like the way you welcomed all the people to the culture night and your food even though it’s a bit spicy to me. The last one of my friends from Italy. Your cheese and wine was so great. Finally, thank you to CSDS who gave me a great opportunity to meet all of you and join this seminar. I hope we can see together one day. I forgot all my friends, colleagues in CSDS, thank you so much for being and supporting me during the seminar. I believe that we are a good team ever.

Big loves and hugs from Vietnam!

Thuy Nguyen- Vietnam

Cultural Tourism for Youth Seminar is definitely one of the highlights of my 2016. It brought me to friendly, energetic, enthusiastic, talented and humorous people. I really treasure moments being with them, together joining all the activities in the seminar. Each of them brought to the Seminar sharing, ideas and initiatives for the development of tourism industry in their own nations generally and Vietnam particularly. 

And one of the outstanding activities in the program was the Culture Exchange night. Thank to it, I had an opportunity to see how great and beautiful our cultural values are.
Obviously, the ending of the seminar will open up a new beginning our futher cooperation and exchange activities in the future. Hope to see you all soon some day, some where.
Loads of love.

Roopam Sharma- India

Culty (cultural Tourism for Youth) as the name suggests is the blend of cultures, ideas and languages. All these things will leave an impression on your brain for life and you will feel , “Yes, we all live in the world which is very diverse yet unite”. When Dillip proposed me the entire concept of Culty , I was so excited as I am a person who has an inclination towards languages , cultures and knowing people. It gave me all of that at its best. ‘Vietnam' and ‘vietnamese' both are now a beautiful part of my life. The knowledge they shared about their life and culture has moved me . I will be following books and google to know more. The experience at ‘Halong bay' just made me feel alive . Gratitude to Mr. Dillip Pattnaik for this wonderful opportunity, care and rigid support. I met people , shared brilliant ideas and know various minute things about different languages. I will be learning some of them . At last , I am taking from here a bundle of memories, colorful moments and friends for life . Thankyou everyone ! For contributing to it in your own way ..