PA Camp

This year, the PA Camp was held in Global Arena, in Munakata City, located in the north of Kyushu.  We arrived by bus after the OMOIYARI Conference and got straight to work.  After an opening speech by Mr. Aso, the chairperson of the APCC, we had dinner, and then Colby ran the first session on IT Communications.  That night, a team-building event, called Race Around the Arena, was organized, and a fun night was had by all.

Opening remarks by Mr. Aso

Opening remarks by Mr. Aso

Lionel from Vanuatu getting his face painted

Lionel from Vanuatu getting his face painted

This year's BC Establishment Instructor, Loreen, getting her face painted as well

This year's BC Establishment Instructor, Loreen, getting her face painted as well

2 boys sharing a bottle of water

2 boys sharing a bottle of water

After the tiring series of activities, members of the Junior Chamber International visited us and hosted a welcome party.

JCI!

JCI!

Day 2 was started early with non-BC Peace Ambassadors attending Loreen’s establishment sessions, while PAs from BC countries made posters to display at the JA Exchange Program.

Karuna, then, facilitated the Common Activity discussion and the decision was made to run an “Everyday Ambassador” promotion this year.

After a yummy lunch, BCJ introduced us to their club’s activities this year.

BCJ members in their green shirts

BCJ members in their green shirts

Arief ran an afternoon session on how to maintain a successful Bridge Club.  This highly motivational session lifted people’s spirits after a long day.  Lots of fun was had in an activity involving balancing straws on your hands.  We then had a discussion with Mr. Iwamoto about the BCIO Convention and the proposed BCIO Constitution and were ready for dinner at 6 o’clock.  After dinner, we had performance practice and presentations of the awards from the night before.

2nd Place

2nd Place

Day 3 of the PA Camp had 2 sessions.  Firstly, there was the PA and Chaperon Meeting, where we discussed issues of the BCs and LOs in our countries.  The second session was run by Kyushu University and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Professor Yunus, spoke to us about social business.  We then enjoyed a delicious meal at the GA Club before we joined the JAs at Mr. Hibino’s workshop in the gym.

Erin and Professor Yunus

Erin and Professor Yunus

Our last day at Global Arena had all PAs supporting the JAs in their sports festival and cultural exchange program.  A highlight for the Peace Ambassadors was their final performance.  Thank you to Mark Spies, a Melbourne-based DJ, who mixed together the track for our performance.

At 7 PM, it was time to say our last goodbyes and we went back to our host families for our last few nights in Fukuoka.

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