Over 100 future hoteliers from 12 Vatel schools around Asia gathered in an exhilarating 12-day cross-cultural summer exchange program wherein they interacted with members of sister schools, plus learned more about their host country, Thailand, and its cuisine and culture.
Vatel, a worldwide network of hospitality and management institution of 37 years, continues to be the pioneer business school that prepares protégés for the international industry.
With 43 schools around the world and an enrolment of approximately 7,000 students, its alumni roster of 35,000-strong occupy management and leadership positions in hotels and restaurants globally.
For years, the revered institution has an existing partnership with the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde to jointly offer a Double Bachelors and Master Degree programs. With this collaboration, Benilde’s culinary and hospitality departments are now known as Vatel Manila.
Other participants who are part of Asia’s Vatel Network included Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam.
The Philippine delegation were composed of DLS-CSB International Hospitality Management students Carl Jerald Castillejos, Maxine Louise Dawis, Emerson Forte, Luzanne Jee Libarnes, Xueyao Liu, Alyssa Gabrielle Manlangit, Kyle Brent Quintos, Jessika Isabelle Tiu, Anna Danielle Vicente and Tazia Kate Villanueva.
Assistant professor Dr. Sompid Kattiyapikul, dean of Silpakorn University International College, guided the participants through an interesting array of activities, such as tours around the city’s hotspots, like the central province of Nakornpathom, the eco-cultural Sampran Riverside and the landscaped gardens of the Ancient City.
The attendees likewise immersed themselves to learn how to cook signature Thai dishes, plus experienced some local tradition and culture.
“The summer exchange program has been a great opportunity for young students to be exposed to the world’s diversity,” said Vatel Manila student Alyssa Manlangit. “I hope that there will be more opportunities such as this because it will be helpful for the youth to grow, to meet people and share experiences, to get to know another culture, and see the world outside of our comfort zone.”