What was Your Exotic Vacation?
What was Your Exotic Vacation?
  • Kwon Ji-hyon & Bae A-rang repo
  • 승인 2009.03.20 23:47
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Be a volunteer of 'Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers' program through a competition of 32 to 1.

 An almost three month-long winter vacation season has passed. How was your vacation? Did you experience any special things during the vacation: going travelling with friends or alone? Learning any sports? Some students might devote themselves to studying TOEIC and TOEFL or preparing to obtain authorized certifications such as MOS and Chinese characters so as to develop their abilities or only because other students do. Others might have just stayed home to lead an irregular life, waking up late at noon and going to bed late at night.

 Here are some Geonjians who shout “No more to living a daily routine life!!!” They spent their vacations by joining ‘Happy Move’, a global volunteer program; by participating in the 2009 ‘Hope Sharing Korea Long March’; or by working an unusual part-time job. Why don’t you look into how and what they did through the activities?

* 'A Happy Mover and Global Youth Volunteer'

Be a volunteer of ‘Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers’ program through a competition of 32 to 1.

 What is ‘Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers’?
This is an international volunteer program that HYUNDAI-motors and KIA-motors enterprises support for raising global youth leaders and introducing Korean cultures abroad. One thousand students are selected every year and proffer services to China, India, Turkey, the Czech Republic, etc., during vacations. They provide environmental voluntary work, and social and medical voluntary services according to the circumstances of the nations.
A few Geonjians also joined the program. Among them, I met Shin Beo-dle, a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

 How did she learn about ‘Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers Program’ and prepare for it?
While Shin Beo-dle was roaming in an online-cafe, she found ‘Happy Move’ through letters on the bulletin board by chance. As it moved her mind, she applied to the program. “I never had these kinds of thoughts: ‘what if I am not selected, or is my spec shabby, uncompetitive?’ I just challenged with a positive attitude, not being worried about the result.” After she passed the resume evaluation, she had an interview.
“It was my first time to be interviewed in a large enterprise, so I was very tensed up. However, the interviewers helped me to be relaxed.”
 As she remembered, one of the same questions the interviewers asked to all the interviewees was what your forte for helping foreigners and introducing Korea is. She read an epilogue of how the former applicants prepared then, anticipated what questions she would be asked and made answers in her ways before she had an interview.
“It helped me a lot. In my opinion, the interviewer counted that the will to help others is more important than the applicants’ specs.”

 How was her voluntary schedule? Any difficulty?
She attended the orientation from December 26th to 28th in Paju. With her volunteer group, ‘‰Òai’, members, she flew to Yancheng, China on January 8th. They stayed there ten days and nine nights, went to Shanghai on 18th, and came back to Korea on 19th.
 “When we arrived in Yancheng, we had to fight against cold to the bone. It was heard that the temperature was 20 below zero, but the wind chill was 40 below.”
 It was no use for her to be heavily clothed; eight layers of clothing for top and five for bottoms.
 Her group, ‘‰Òai’, and other teams lodged at the Yancheng high school dormitory. However, it was illegal to install a heating apparatus in the dormitory, so they had to sleep in biting cold. “I got a cough on the first day in Yancheng. Although I did not feel it was terrible, my voice became husky and then I lost it for a few days. Fortunately, we could move to another dormitory equipped with a heating system later.”
They usually painted the walls of schools and coated trunks with lime, protecting the trees from salt blown by wind from the sea. “All in my group worked hard and diligently and positively. The cold was no matter for us.”

 What did she think about ‘Happy Move’-was there any impressive or disappointing thing?
With the experience, Shin Beo-dle turned her perceptions upside down.
“I learned how to appreciate ordinary things: being healthy, having a comfortable house, doing what I want, etc., by watching and knowing how poor the circumstances are for Yancheng’s people to live. The thing that I was a little disappointed in was that we had no chance to be close with the local people since we did not stay in one place, but kept changing places and working.”

LETTER from Shin Beo-dle
To Geonjians“Before becoming a junior or senior, I hope the students do a variety of activities and experience different things such as go traveling, volunteer, and attend many contests. You can earn time and money if you want by doing part-time jobs and so on.
A large amount of time for college students is spent studying TOEIC, learning MOS. It is sad that many students do that just because others do or they think at least they could start and compete on the same line. Rather than this, meet a lot of people and develop other abilities which can be special and distinct. On that point, one of the advantages of global volunteering is that you can develop ties with various good friends. See and feel the broad world!!!”


*'2009 Hope Sharing Korea Long March’

 A long country march in 2009 was a program to transmit the message of hope to people who had trouble living because of many reasons, such as economic slowdown and global financial crisis.
 Many people participated in this volunteer group to be confident, to understand Korea and to find their true identities by experiencing life on sea and land, establishing a vision on Korea, developing their leaderships and their community spirits.
This program, under the theme of ‘2009 Hope Sharing Korea, You’re the Hope!’ lasted for six days from December 12th, 2008 to January 1st, 2009, and 400 people joined it.
We interviewed Kim Hye-lim, a junior of the department of Spanish-Latin American Language & Literature, who was a hope messenger who participated in the program.

Q: How did you get to know the “2009 Hope Sharing Korea Long March?” and what made you decide to participate in this event?
A: Actually I didn’t know this event before I applied for it. One day my friend discovered the event and she suggested participating. A prime reason for participating was that I wanted to have a wonderful time in winter vacation. I always want to have something special, not normal. Another reason was that the march ended on the new beginning of 2009. I could see the sunrise at Dokdo on January 1st. I wanted to start a new and fresh year while seeing the sunrise.

Q: Can you tell me about the simple schedule of 2009 Hope Sharing Korea long march?
A: We went to Taean first on December 27th after we gathered in Seoul. There were 400 people and they were divided into twenty five people in each group. We went to Gimje, Naju, Yeosu, Jeju Island, Pohang, Dokdo and we were dissolved at Donghae city. Whenever we arrived at each city, the executive branch conducted a hope performance and ceremony. Also, we had volunteered in many ways, such as environmental purification of trails, visiting at old people’s homes, and picking trash up.

Q: What was the best thing you remember in participating?
A: Do you know the ferry which appeared in the drama Boys over Flowers? We took that ferry! Anyway, there were funny elders in our group. When we arrived at Pohang, they wanted to eat Guamegi(fish, a local product in Pohang)and drink Soju. Although alcohol was strictly forbidden, they brought it into the ferry, but they got caught and it was confiscated. Nevertheless, they brought Guamegi and Soju again and luckily, we were not caught. That night, we had a Guamegi and Soju party!

Q: What did you obtain from this experience?
A: It was not only challenging, but very rewarding and amazing. I realized that there were so many people who were less fortunate than us and we needed to remember that they were part of our society too. Many people wanted something small such as economic recovery, living with their families in peace and good health. We showed love and attention to them. If I hadn’t participated in this event, I never would have realized those important things. 

 I met new people and had a diverse experience. I couldn’t put a price on this experience. Finally, I think my color of this winter vacation was ‘blue’, because the long march and this experience made me feel refreshed!



Kim Ji-young, a junior in the Department of Agricultural Biology.
I got a part-time job related to civil engineering, in Yale Engineering Corporation. At first, I was kind of worried whether it would be difficult; however, the director explained in a friendly and specific way whatever I questioned about the work.
The major work I did was managing road registers to search constructions and clarify where they are located, and also to measure the width of roads or traffic signs using CAD. The Yale Engineering Corp. was subcontracted by the city.
One of the experiences that remains in my mind from working was that we were on business to draw up floor plans looking at drains, speed bumps, traffic signs, and bridges in Gochang for a couple of days in early November. The director suddenly told us to take a rest and brought us to a pension in Seonun Mountain while we were working. We cooked meat and enjoyed the pension. It was like an excursion rather than a business trip.
For almost three or four months I did this part-time job. Then, whenever I passed by bridges or drains they caught my eyes. I made quite a lot of money, but the more important thing was that I could accumulate different knowledge about civil engineering.

Yoo Nam-kyu, a junior in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy
I have been working a part-time job during every vacation, because it was helpful with my social life.
Also in this vacation, I decided to have a part job. I found a job for ‘investigation of cell phones’ in a part-time job internet site while looking for a part-time job.
It is to research the prices of cell phones by going around to cell phone agencies. I researched illegal subsidies, besides subsidies from the telephone company.
When I found illegal subsidies I put a fine on the cell phone agency.
This part-time job was conducted not by the government but by a researching company.
The advantage of this job was for me to be able to go around to each cell phone agency. Besides, I was able to know every corner in Jeonju.
The job was a little hard, but I made money and had a good experience. It was like killing two birds with one stone!









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