From Korean BBQ, to Myeongdong, to the subways and buses... hands down it was an extraordinary opportunity that will never cease to leave my mind. During my time there, I made several brothers and sisters, not only with the people in the program but as well as the wonderful people of Korea. I am glad to say that we all keep in contact to this very day!
After only a day, I had already felt like I was a part of their family [...] like I was their own son. Throughout the trip, I was able to reconnect with old friends and establish strong relationships with so many new people, from students to the translators, to even the mayor of the city, I was able to develop an unbreakable bond with people that I hadn't even known. [...] It's truly remarkable how an experience of just one week can change a person's whole perspective on life and culture
The supervisors and teachers put in genuine effort to make sure that we had the best 10 days of our lives. [...] Through this, I was able to form a sisterly bond with my host student, a bond that I expect to hold onto many years from now. Our initial encounters were awkward and shy but in the span of one week, we formed the bond of a family. We all considered each other as family despite the cultural and language barrier and I found that beautiful.
[...] Though we couldn’t communicate fluently, we understood each other perfectly. Over the next few days, I was rushed from one event to another, seeing the sights of Anyang and Seoul and experiencing a snippet of life in South Korea. [...] I learned so much about their values (both alike and different) and I saw Korean society in a whole new light that only made me appreciate it all the more.