A Weekend Camp with Ket Doan

Every year, one of the biggest Vietnamese-American groups in NOVA, Kết Đoàn, which translates to Unite, hosts their annual Summer Camp where young individuals along the East Coast come together to foster new friendships and memories through series of teamwork activities.

This year, Thuan Nguyen, our SEO Specialist, had the opportunity to lead their 2016 Summer Camp as Camp Chief. Thuan asked our team to lend a helping hand and PSK was more than happy to have captured the 2016 Summer Camp’s best moments.

A Weekend Camp with Ket Doan

“I first heard about Kết Đoàn while volunteering at an event during Tết 2014, our Vietnamese New Year. As an international student, I studied in Boston with only a few Vietnamese friends and connections. I often felt homesick.The problem is, most international students lack a support system and trusted community to help them combat cultural shock and homesickness.

After attending my very first Summer Camp two years ago and events following that, I had a stronger desire to make a difference. It became my goal to become the Camp Coordinator – to bridge any social gaps and create a safe environment for everyone to get in touch with their cultural roots. I was able to sit back and witness campers bond during the cooking contest, talent show on entertainment night, and cozy bonfire. Even those who arrived alone made new friends by the time of the Closing Ceremony. Together, we created a positive impact on the campers by empowering them, as well as helping them to cherish cultural traditions and history.

A Weekend Camp with Ket Doan

One special shout out to a close friend of mine, Minh, who went out of his way to assist us in photography and cinematography. Minh was kind enough to sacrifice his spare time to capture candid moments, and is currently producing a film which will showcase the energy and emotions during those three days at camp. He uses his expertise to channel his commitment and passion towards our movement and made it possible for our Vietnamese-American community to share our stories through the lens. I can’t wait to see the results. Thank you Minh and the PSK team for supporting Kết Đoàn! Until next year everybody, cheers!”

A Weekend Camp with Ket Doan

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