On 1—7 September 2015, two representatives of Developing Countries Partnership (DCP) students, Claver Nzobonimpa and Oscar Ndayizeye from Burundi, joined Intercultural Summer Camp organized by International Office of Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed). As many as 22 international students from varying countries and 9 tutors were noted to participate in this agenda.
On the first day, Campus Tour was held to invite participants to walk around Unsoed campus. The agenda then continued on the second day by general explanation regarding any activities to do in the Intercultural Summer Camp, some of them are mangrove and rice planting, palm sugar production, and introduction of Banyumas culture at glance. The lecture lasted one day long and then was followed with mangrove planting in Cilacap beach and travelling around to Nusakambangan Island.
On Friday (4/9/2015), the next agenda was having visitation to a palm sugar producing house and museum in Purbalingga. The agenda is considered the most effective one in offering a new experience to the participants since the palm sugar production is done traditionally that cannot be found in the participants’ country of origin.
Sunday (6/9/15) was the day when all the participants had a lot of fun and were spoiled with a bunch of outdoor games, namely tracking, high rope, flying fox, labyrinth, and ball juggling. Then, for the closing, in Monday (7/9/2015), each participant displayed their culture enchantment, and thus this event became the arena for international students to promote their culture.
The series of events in the summer camp was basically designed for encouraging cross-cultural interaction while instilling awareness toward different culture in every country. (Titik Sudartinah)