Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW) sent its representatives to join ACUCA Student Camp. This year, this program was held at Christian University of Thailand (CUT) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand from October 10 - 14, 2018. More than 50 students participated in this camp. They came from eight Asian countries, i.e. Philippines, Thailand, Korea, Japan, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. UKDW sent two students, namely Ira Luik and Maximeliana Masela, both from English Education Department (2016). These students were led by Joko Purwadi, S.Kom., M.Kom. who serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs, Alumni, and Information.
On the very first day, all of the participants arrived at CUT and did the registration while being informed their roommate. Then, it was followed by the opening ceremony at the Auditorium of CUT. During this camp, the students stayed in the CUT dormitory.
On the second day, Rev. James E Wilder, Ph.D. as the keynote speaker talked about the theme of ACUCA Student Camp 2018 “The Internet’s Impact on Identity and Character Development of Students in Asian Christian Higher Education: Issues and Solutions”. He shared a lot about how the internet dramatically changes students' mind, and he also gave the solutions to deal with it. Afterward, the session was continued with the students’ turn to present their video, poster, and paper that they have prepared before. The next activity was the cultural performance. The students were asked to perform one of the traditional dances from each country. Twenty five students who came from Indonesia performed Maumere Dance.
The Conference of ACUCA was conducted on the third day. It was officially opened by ACUCA President Dr. Rux Prompalit, then followed by the first discussion time in order to respond the keynote talks on the first day. The students were divided into groups of six people from different countries and were asked to summarize the key ideas with the mind-mapping method. In the next activity, the students were arranged to work in a group based on their country so they could prepare a country group presentation in front of the conference attendees. They had to share their ideas about applying the theme of ACUCA in their country. When the night came, every country taught its traditional dance or game to one another. During that time, Indonesian students chose to teach Dangdut dance to the other participants.
The day before all of the participants left CUT, they visited two famous places in Thailand which were Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral and Amphawa Floating Market. On the way to the first destination, the participants stopped for lunch at a restaurant in Bangkok. After more than two hours journey, they arrived and joined the worship. There was also a welcome speech from the pastor. Amphawa Floating Market offers various kinds of merchandise for the visitors to buy. As the last activity, it was the time of reflection. All of the participants reflected about how these five days brought unforgettable memories in their life. That was such a good experience to join ACUCA Student Camp 2018. (Ira Luik)