YPD 2003 Thailand


The Young People for Development 2003 program began with a request in mid-2002 from the MRJC Pas de Calais, a member movement of CCFD France, to hold an exchange program in South East Asia. The CCJP Thailand and the Karen Youth Leadership and Management Training Program (KYLMTP) agreed to host this exchange in Thailand.

On learning of this initiative, the Beifang Jinde Catholic Social Centre in China and the Solidarity and Development Group, Vietnam became interested in joining this program. Other groups and organisations in Shenyang, China, Hanoi, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia also heard about this initiative and requested to join the program.

Gradually, the Young People for Development program took shape as an exchange and training program for young people involved in development in Asia together with the participation of the MRJC Pas de Calais.

Eventually, 55 young people from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Cambodia and France joined the program, which took place from 7 – 25 August 2003.

The program was divided into 3 parts: 

  • Exchange (Immersion) programs by visiting various development projects around Thailand
  • Participatory training program at RTRC Centre, Chiang Mai  
  • Fellowship. Relaxation at the end of the programme including an overnight trip to the beach at Hua Hin.