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My First ‘I Am Gifted’ Camp for Teens in Indonesia

I am finally back after a very challenging and exhilirating experience training 130 teenagers in our Indonesia…It marks the launch of the ‘AIGJune Enrichment Program in Asia’s largest Muslim country of 200 million people. What was a headache though was that there was only ONE computer with Internet access in the entire hotel and it was on DIALUP. So I had over 400+ emails that piled up while I was gone and what was worst was that I had to monitor and trade on my stock portfolios by calling my partner Patrick in IAG Malaysia every couple of minutes in the late night. So the next time I go there, I am not going to leave any large leveraged positions in case the market suddenly turns the other way around.

Anyway, back to the training! Because of our premium pricing for our camps (6.5 million rupiah per student – equivalent to S$1300), we obviously only attracted children of the super duper duper rich in Indonesia. We had kids whse parents were government officals, tyccons, CEOS of MNCs and so on. Majority of them were from International schools or private schoools who spoke with an ang moh accent, so English was not a problem for most.

What was great about the kids there was there was hunger and willingness to learn all the life management skills and accelerated effective study techniques that we were there to teach. To many of them, concepts like ‘NLP’, ‘Mind Mapping’, ‘accelerated learning’ and ‘Mindchamps‘ were very new and mind blowing as they do not have a chance to be exposed to all these concepts in their schools. Not like in Singapore, where kids go through june enrichment camp that they give you the ‘ I Know it all attitude’. It was becasue of their openess to learn and maturity that I was surprised that the mind maps they did and the test scores during the camp were of much better standard than those we get in Singapore. Again, it is not about talent or intelligence, but simply about hunger and willingess to learn.

To run our very first outdoor camp there, We had about 8 coaches from Singapore and 15 Indonesian coaches who did a great job in guiding and inspiring the teenagers. The greatest challenge was overcoming the mindsets of some of their parents who thought our training was too harsh with their kids. Most of these kids are from rich families and have never been exposed to a tough training. So, initially some parents freaked out when they learnt that our camp was like a miliatry boot camp. Teens had to wake up at 7.30am and sleep at 1am. There did up to 300+ push ups a day when rules were broken (more siong than SAF!) and had to run to touch a tree and come back when they were too slow.

At first, some of the kids got a huge culture shock, but I was very proud of them when on the last day they said that it was these physically and mentally tought activities that really stretched hthem out of their comfort zone and gave them a new level of confidence they never felt before. I kept giving them the motto ‘whatever does not kill you will make you stronger.’

Following the super succes of this first adventure camp, we will be running more camp for kids in Indonesia in December this year!

In fact, what worries me so much about the younger generation in Singapore is that altough they are intelligent, talented and with all the opportunities to succed, many are just too complacent. They are too comfotable and have lost their hunger for success. many are living in their happy little worlds, totally oblivious to the competition that is emerging from ‘so called’ third world countries like China, India, Indonesia and so on.. When I go to these other countries, I see their drive to succeed. They are willing to pay the price and work hard to make it. I fear that if this carries on, our futrue will be doomed. How are our next generation going to compete with these super talented, hardworking people at half the price?

I have been getting resumes from PhDs in China wiling to come here to work for my companies at S$1500! There are brilliant IT engineers from India who score 98% for their National exams who are willing to come here and work for half the pay of most Singaporeans. This is why my best enrichment camp in Singapore are now focused so much on building personal drive, resiliance and crafiting personal vision than just scoring As for exams.

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30 Comments so far

  1. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    hey adam… i tried finding newspaper articles bout u… but i cant find them… i mean those is WORD format… where i can read them… nt just look the pics… i really admire and like u alot… and u are always my idol!!

    u hav been on so many tv shows.. the channel 8 one…

    u know wad… b4 i saw the ending of the programme highlight i noe who were ethey tokking abt… MR ADAM KHOO!!! the part where a boy who look like a beng… he say GIVE ME UR WORST STUDENTS and i will train them…. i STRAIGHT AWAY NOE.. THIS GUY

    is definitely the most outspoken public speaker and millionaire in Singapore… ADAM KHOO!!!

    haha i hav all ur audio programs… nw i just do nt hav enough money to buy ur latest book….i hav all ur books… except the lastest one… im saving 40 bucks to buy it. hey! give me an advice poly or jc which one is better? i like poly! but at the same time i wanna do well… give me some advice… i hav all ur books… but i prefer to hear from u personally!!! nt ur manager or secretary i wanna mr adam to give me advice!!!!

  2. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    haha… last time like beng… nw LIKE MILLIONAIRE…

    im so impressedd… haha =) im gonna do tht too… =)

  3. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    u r so charismatic… and u speak wif zest… teach me how to do tht… i noe it is nlp and modelling… but

    my voice sucks… hw can i change it….
    naturally my voice sounds disgusting… i wanna make it sound nice like stuart or urs… urs better….. tht’s it… im modelling u! haha!!!!! anyway im frm peirce secondary sch.. dun ever forget me!!!!!

  4. Benjamin Aw on July 9th, 2006

    u really use sun zi bing fa and earn $$$?? haha… got one part where u do tai chi!!! i wnna laugh!! haha! funny… hehe

  5. Thomas on July 9th, 2006

    Hi Adam,

    Just wanted to express my gratitude towards the service you’ve been providing for the greater good. Thanks for sharing your wealth of experience and knowledge with us!

  6. Kiannie on July 9th, 2006

    Great to know that AKTG are expanding the biz to Indo. Your words really sounds like a big succcessssss!!!! Congrat….

    May i know how u able to draw 130 students for participating in yr programme? through paper ads?

    Energised!!!!!!1

  7. Arvind on July 10th, 2006

    Hey Adam,

    Brilliant insight..i nvr really thought about how bad e situation is over here in Singapore but right now after reading ur statements here..made me think..that there really is a lack of thirst for success and growth here in this country. I think perhaps the reason for that is many Singaporeans are “spoon-fed” and well looked after by our government that it does not force us to think on our feet except for a select few minority such as yourself. PM Lee has been doing a great job of pushing for people to think for themselves and promoting entrepreneurship but after all he is only one person…

    We need more ppl like yourself to act as a change agent and wake the ppl in this country up. We need get them thirsty and the only way to do that is make them lick the block of salt of life…

    Warmly,
    Arvind

  8. wen chuen on July 10th, 2006

    when will adam go on sun zi bin fa??is it this wed??

  9. . yu yuan ` on July 11th, 2006

    july 12(this wed)
    channel U 9.30pm

  10. akfan on July 11th, 2006

    tat’s right wen chuen!

    9:30 wednesday! be sure to catch it!

    alright… encore at 11pm !

  11. Vivian on July 12th, 2006

    Adam,

    We, Singaporeans, should not be “soft”. In fact, it was our earlier generation’s hunger for success and a better life that led to financial prosperity and better living conditions today.

    Our younger generations should do the same. Bite the bullet, and thrive for even greater success, with our values intact. Our youths are not any worse than Chinese youths! At least, we have stronger English skills and more multi-cultural exposure than our Chinese counterparts.

    I don’t like the way the Chinese “study ma-mas” are irresponsibly breaking up our Singaporean families, on the pretext of earning more money whilst their kids are studying. According to a Straits Times article 2 days back, even the European Union feels that they are “short-changed” by the Chinese Government, in terms of equal investment opportunities and skills exchange between China and EU.

    Singapore has a good & established reputation as a fair-practice trading country. We can continue to be a reliable and innovative trading partner with other countries, if our future generation are responsible and well-trained.

    The Chinese can mock us for being “stupid” and “too honest” in our trading practices. But, let’s see who will have the last laugh in the long-term?

    Come on, Singapore! I believe we are not a generation of “workers”; we are innovators and will survive any storm!

    Adam, please continue to empower these Singaporean kids’ (and even adults’) minds with your skills. Many of us are still stuck in the “industry age” and conventional way of doing things.

  12. anisa sufia on July 12th, 2006

    hye adam!!~~
    1st of all i mish IAG camp a lot..
    u..stuart..melvin..coaches n all d participants!!..
    well..i m 1 of d participants of june ’06 IAG camp in m’sia..
    hmm..
    afta readin dis thing..i feel lyke..dunno wut 2 say..but seriously it makes me feel lyke comin back at d IAG camp..hehe..
    wut eva it is..
    AKLTG rox 2 d max!!~~ =P
    miss ya soo much n hope 2 c u soon..=)

    p/s::im goin 4 d quarterly meeting at d mph n hope 2 c u there!!~~=)

  13. Felicia L. on July 19th, 2006

    Hello Adam!
    Hai today’s my third day I’ve started school.I miss the I Am Gifted So Are You Camp in Indonesia soooooooo much, even though I didn’t like it at first……,but the way I think of the camp had changed throughout the second day. I miss everyone in the camp also. The coaches and friends too….It’s been a very meaningful experience to me and thank you for being patient in teaching us.Thanks to al the other coaches to and Amin. Glad I’ve joined the camp ^^

  14. CEDRIC!!! on August 23rd, 2006

    HI TO ADAM!

    Your IAG camp rocked! I miss all the coaches, participants, you, melvin, gary and wei tang (is that how you spell his name?) so much even if its just 24 hours after the camp ended! and ive done all the things listed in the CONGRADULATIONS note that i won from webster. Please send me when the next meeting will be and where it will be (the 3 months one) at cedricphangkahjun@yahoo.com.sg and i salute you!

    regards
    cedric (remember me? XD)

  15. cedric!!! on August 29th, 2006

    Can you tell me more about the quarterly empowerment sessions? $$$$? And location? Malaysia one XD any site on the net to check on this?

  16. Shihui on March 30th, 2007

    Felt great to attend ” I am gifted, so are you ” workshop. Thanks to you, and other trainers like Woeitang and Melvin. All of you had led me to find my purpose of living and the goal in my life… i will hav a bright future ahead. Thanks!!! Take care.

  17. Diana on September 15th, 2010

    I am the mother of an 11 years old girl interested in the camp program. We are from Eastern Europe and living in Jakarta for the next 2 years.It will be any camp this year in Jakarta? I might know a lot of expatriates families willing to enroll their children.Kindly ask you for more details in case you plan something. Thank you.

  18. Adam on September 15th, 2010

    Sure. I will get y guys to contact u

  19. rudi hartono on October 7th, 2010

    I am the father of an 16 and 17 years old girl interested in the camp program in Dec 2010 in Jakarta or Bandung.Can u info me for the schedule?. Thank you.

  20. Adam on October 8th, 2010

    ok. My staff will call you

  21. Ema on October 12th, 2010

    Hi Adam, I have nephew with IQ 130, but he is lazy to go to scholl, what he likes is doing game online. I want to suggest my sister to send his boy to joint your program. Could you give me the program schedule in Indonesia and the enrollment fee?
    Looking forward to your detail information.

  22. Adam on October 12th, 2010

    ok. will get someone to contact you

  23. Ratna on October 30th, 2010

    I have a son age 10 yrs old that I would like to enroll in your “I am gifted camp” in Indonesia. Can you email me all the info concerning the up coming schedule. Thanks a bunch.

  24. Adam on October 31st, 2010

    ok

  25. Benny on March 6th, 2011

    Hi Adam, I have a 13 year old brother who I want to enroll in your program. Could you give me more details about the program and the enrollment fee? Do you have any plan to hold the camp in Surabaya? I live in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

    Thank you very much

  26. eva on March 17th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    I would like to send my son, 14 years old to your I am gifted camp in June-July 2011 , Will you have a class in Jakarta ? tks

  27. Jusuf on September 7th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    I plan to join two of our teenager children into your camp.
    We leave in Jakarta. When is your closest schedule and where?

    Thanks

  28. Mrs Lina on November 23rd, 2011

    Hi Adam,
    We live in Cirebon, a town near Bandung, Java,Indonesia. We interested with your teenage camp. Cause It is need more time and money to join the camp in Jakarta or Bandung. Can we get the teenage camp here in Cirebon. Need how many student to make the camp here in Cirebon?

    Thanks.

  29. ditto on January 20th, 2016

    Hi Adam
    I live near Jakarta.
    I have 10 years old son.
    IS he eligible to join children super camp?
    Is there any schedule on 2016?
    Please share thru my email.

    Thanks and regards,
    ditto

  30. sri on April 12th, 2016

    Hi adam, wish to know more on learning camps for my 10 yrs n 12 yrs old boys in 2016.

    Regards
    Sri

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