Applying Knowledge and Experience from
IATSS Forum & Paying Forward to Community

Participant's Voices


  • Country : Cambodia
  • Forum : 59th batch (2018 Spring Forum)
Hello! When I was asked to write “Voice before participation”, my feeling was very happy and looking forward to join the program even though I would be a way from my family. However, I got different feeling when I was asking to write this “Voice after participation”. And that feeling is “Miss”. I miss everyone and every single moment during the program. Looking back to that time, it was more than I expected and it was a very precious moment for me. Even though we were busy with learning but we also had a lot of fun together. And Life during the program became my comfort zone. It was the moment that I feel no worries about what would happen tomorrow. Everything was well organized including our daily food. These feeling happen because of supper awesome IATSS Forum staff. I could say that staff and participants were like parents and children. They were very supportive and care us very much. Ah, but I feel homesick sometime since it was the first time for me to be abroad for this long J. Two months was not a long period but I had gained a lot of knowledge and experiences from the program and also from my friends that came from various countries. The content and practice were balancing very well. All professors, lecturers, and guests were very experience and professional. Leadership was not taught only through theory but also through real practice. I also learned about the role of leaders in building sustainable and resilience community. And yes I have no wonder anymore what is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, I got more understanding of how business could contribute to SDG. This make me more interesting in social business even more. I also understood more about ASEAN and Japan culture. Moreover, a bit special for our batch that there were two Indian participants join as well. Talking a lot about learning points so let move to some funny things. This is the first time for me to have solo trip abroad. Getting lost so often could help me know how to survive :D. When you travel alone, you will know how kind Japanese people are. Last but not least is Onsen (hot spring) experience that I never knew before :D Now It has been 40 days already after I left Japan. I can say that I am IATSS Forum sick L. I miss all the moments that I went through. I miss all the people that I knew, miss all the places that I went to. However, I hope to see them again in the future and update them of how this program and valuable experience have contributed to my future life.