Students engage in Korean culture through study abroad experience
Three members from the International Friendship Club at the University of Guam enjoyed a cultural learning experience this summer over a two-week study abroad program from July 29 to Aug. 9 at Chonbuk National University. The school of about 32,000 students hosts the Feeling Korea Summer Program annually.
“This study abroad program was very informative with a good mixture of studying and understanding another culture along with exploring the country and experiencing their everyday life,” said junior secondary education major Cai Aquinde.
The students were exposed to the Korean culture through language classes, making pottery, learning Taekwondo, making the popular Korean rice dish bibimbap, and experiencing traditional Korean clothing, among other activities. They also traveled to largest amusement park in Korea.
“The head coordinator of the program, Ms. Hana Lee, was extremely considerate and accommodating,” said senior math and computer science major Sandra Lavina.
The students also had the opportunity to interact and learn from students of other cultures who were involved in the program.
“One of the most memorable parts of this program was making friends with other participants. I met people from the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and China,” said senior secondary education major Ikea Anne Natividad.
Some 90 other students were involved in the program from international locations.
“Despite the language barrier between us and the other students in the programs, we managed to become good friends,” Lavina said.
The UOG students earned funding to attend the study abroad experience by volunteering to help with the English Adventure Program, which brings international students to the University of Guam through the Professional & International Programs office to experience the language and culture in Guam.
If you are interested in participating in a short-term study abroad program, email Luigi Bansil at email@example.com, or visit the Professional & International Programs office for more information.