Last year, this Mindanaoan blogger had the most amazing opportunity to tour the USA courtesy of the US Embassy. I was chosen for the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a program launched in 1940 that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully-designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.
This year, a fellow Mindanaoan will have the chance to visit America. This time, to attend an international summer camp in the U.S. called “Camp Up With People.” And what’s also special about this is that the Mindanaoan is a young indigenous student 🙂
Meet Arjean Marie Belco, who is from the Talaandig tribe in Bukidnon, Mindanao. GoodX, a project started by experiential travel advocates, in partnership with her current college sponsor, Cartwheel Foundation, is helping Arjean Belco attend the summer camp.
Both GoodX and Cartwheel Foundation are raising funds both online and offline to cover part of Arjean’s camp tuition fee, domestic and international airfare, travel insurance, passport application, visa application, and other related expenses.
At the summer camp, Arjean will take part in performing arts, leadership training, community service and outdoor activities in a culturally diverse atmosphere. The camp will help Arjean and her fellow campers nurture qualities such as social responsibility, confidence and purpose while encouraging lifelong international friendships to flourish.
Arjean hopes to become a professional teacher someday and is currently enrolled at the University of Southeastern Philippines and the Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Education in Davao.
If you or anyone you know want to support Arjean and her journey to the USA, please visit the GoodX website. Thanks 🙂
Good luck, Arjean! Proud of you! And thank you to GoodX for believing in Mindanao and its indigenous peoples 🙂