More than 400 high school students, parents and guidance counsellors will gather at the 2nd Study Abroad Conference, organised by Edukasyon.ph and the College Admission Mentors for Peers (CAMP) scheduled on August 9, 2014 at Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
“We are very excited to be part of this conference that uniquely brings together students, parents, and guidance counsellors on preparing for college abroad. To prepare for study abroad is no easy task. With the help of our invited peer mentors, parents, and international guidance counsellors at the Conference, we hope we can inspire more Filipinos to take a chance at studying abroad,” said Edukasyon.ph Chief Executive Officer Ms. Linartes Viloria.
The 2nd CAMP Study Abroad Conference will feature plenary and breakout sessions that are designed to help high school students, parents and guidance counsellors, understand better the college application process and how to avail of scholarships and financial aid that can help them pay for their education.
Conference sessions include mentoring sessions on how to prepare student resumes, college essays, college entrance interviews, the Common App, and preparing for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Parents and teachers have separate sessions on financial aid and student support for college application. The conference also includes an international college fair where several representatives from prominent international universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Cambridge University, and University of British Columbia, among others, will also be present.
“Studying abroad used to be a privilege only for the few. We would like to change that by giving students, parents and teachers the information needed to find the right school, the right scholarship that can make that study abroad dream possible. Imagine how your lives will change, and how limitless your opportunities can be, if you had that information at the palm of your hands,” said Viloria.
More Globalized Education Needed
As of 2012, based on UN Data there have only been more than 11,200 students from the Philippines who have ventured to study abroad. Top study destination countries include the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Canada.
“A global education is something all of us should plan for, especially now more than ever, our world is interconnected. Having a global education opens you up to a whole new world of career possibilities, a world wide network of friends, and a wider perspective of opportunities not only for young people but for our country as well,” said Michi Ferreol, co-founder of CAMP.
The College Admission Mentors for Peers – Philippines (CAMP) was founded on May 16, 2012 by three former Filipino scholars at the International School Manila, Michi Ferreol (Harvard College ’15), Kimi Rodriguez (NYU Abu Dhabi ’15) and Kaye Kagaoan (Hamilton College ’15), to bridge the international education resource gap between international school students and local school students.
Invited to keynote the conference are three Filipino students who studied abroad and who chose to use their international education to serve the country. Leading the roster of keynote speakers is Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara who graduated from the London School of Economics in 1994 before taking up law at the University of the Philippines and Harvard Law School. Second is Patricia Feria, Chief Strategic Resources Officer for Teacher for the Philippines, who graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Third is Earl Valencia, Founder and CEO of IdeaSpace who graduated from Boston University then received a Masters of Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
CAMP offers high school students from local schools (non-international or non-American schools) a one-on-one mentoring program where a student intending on applying to college abroad may get advice directly from a current college student. To boost the students’ profiles in preparation for their college applications, CAMP also offers a summer internship program for them and will soon be releasing a database of international experience opportunities. For the class of 2014, CAMP’s mentees received over 78 acceptances from 50 colleges and universities all over the world.
“Just by meeting new friends and teachers from different nationalities in a different country helps you better understand the world in all its uniqueness, and develop skills that are at par with global standards. Studying abroad helps students become better “global citizens” who are skilled at interacting with different cultures and capable of understanding issues on a global perspective,” said Ferreol.
To join the conference, interested students, parents and teachers can just pre-register at the CAMP website at www.campphilippines.org/registration/ or may call the Edukasyon.ph office at (+63 2) 823 2701.