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WUCC (Walailak University Cultural Camp): Learn and Travel in Thailand!

Wonderful week, everyone! It’s been a long time after I posted a travel content! If you have read my previous post on traveling with less cost, this is one of the events I participated in that get me to travel to Thailand and learn at the same time: Walailak University Cultural Camp (WUCC) which was held June of 2017.

What is Walailak University?

To those of you that did not know, Walailak University is the biggest university in Thailand, located at Nakhon Si Thammarat, a province in the Southern part. Studying in a huge university, University of the Philippines Diliman, made me experience that as well. Back then, we would need 5-15 minute walks to far buildings. At times, we use public transportation. However at Walailak University, students own motorcycles because it is not walk-able from one building to the other. Imagine that big!

Read more about the history of the university here.

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Opening Ceremony of Walailak University Cultural Camp
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Philippine delegates, Filipino teachers in the university and I! Mabuhay Pilipinas!

The Application Process

Of course, going overseas with less cost do require some effort. It is a similar effort that you need when you save for your travels. Applicants must pass some requirements to get started. Thus, I will be sharing the latest and updated requirements for the application process this year. The deadline will be on March 31, 2019.

  • Fill out an online application form. It will ask some personal details and educational information.
  • Applicants have to create a two-minute Facebook video talking about  talking about “Cultures Without Borders in the Globalized World”. Please put the proper hashtags which are indicated in the application form.
  • Aside from that, get a health certificate signed by a medical doctor showing that you are fit for travel. You can see it in the application form, too.
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Video Requirements. Photo by WUCC.

That’s it! As a matter of fact, before we have more requirements such as essays in order to get in. Right now, I think the Facebook videos would be a great determinant for the application process.

The Perks of WUCC?

Of course, we would want to talk about the benefits of attending this cultural camp! I am going to share some opportunities you could get in WUCC when you get chosen, as seen on their page.

  • EXPLORE Nakhon Si Thammarat, the historical city in the southern Thailand, and Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand,
  • EXCHANGE cultures,
  • ENGAGE in various activities and
  • ENJOY every moment together.
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We had a cooking class wherein we learned making Pad Thai ผัดไทย and Tom Yum Soup ต้มยำกุ้ง from the expert locals! My groupmates are Sally from Korea, and Bizoo from Yemen.
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A close up look of our creation. อร่อย!

Moreover, here are some benefits that you do not need to worry about:

  • Accommodations are free.
  • Meals are free (and delicious), too!
  • Free land transportation during the program.
  • Enjoyable and free activities during the program.
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Talk about free meals! This was one of the meals I have eaten, one fine, sunny morning in Thailand.

Who doesn’t like it free? However, you would be responsible for these things:

  • Round-trip international air-ticket to Thailand
  • One-way air-ticket from Bangkok, Donmueang international airport, to Nakhon Si Thammarat airport on 24th June 2019
  • Accident and health insurance
  • Visa and related documents

Again, these details are also found on the WUCC website. During our time (we are the first batch of WUCC), we did not go to Bangkok, but we went to Koh Samui instead, which is a truly wonderful island of Thailand.

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Wonderful morning in Koh Samui! Photo taken by Vina Marin.
This was my first experience riding in a ship!

Final thoughts

Lastly, the most important thing I learned about this event, WUCC, is the celebration of diversity. We were all there to learn about each others’ cultures and the country we are in. It is exciting to see how young people become more open to learn about differences instead of being divided. As I have mentioned in my posts, learning happens best through experience. We might be reading a lot of books and listening to a lot of lectures. However, nothing beats the authenticity that we get from people and places.

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Enriching experiences at WUCC, indeed!

Watch our video from the previous teaser:

The newest video here:

See you on my next adventure! Or should I say, Thailand?

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