Summer 2017 Participant
Manage your time well. Go into the program knowing that there is a significant amount of work to complete, but that this work is definitely doable if you commit yourself. Additionally, communicate with the other members of your practicum, as good relationship with them is key to your success as a student teacher at Kyunghwa. The most important thing I found, however, is the importance of embracing new cultural experiences - try new food, step out of your native language, make conversation, take the subway to new places on the weekends - reaching out of your comfort zone is what will truly make this experience memorable.
Aiyana Lynn Moyer, Summer 2017 Participant
Being able to interact with the students and get to know them on personal as well as intellectual levels was probably the most rewarding part of the program. I became close with multiple students, and it was interesting to speak to them in multiple contexts because of my unique status as a foreign student teacher who is only a couple of years older than them. After six weeks of speaking, playing, and interacting in and out of the classroom, some of the students really opened up to me and wanted to keep in contact even after the program ended. The acceptance I experienced and the bonds I formed made for a touching and rewarding experience.
Mandeep Kaur Ballagan, Summer 2016 Participant
My favorite part about this program was that it provided all of my fellow KU student teachers and I with the unique opportunity of being completely immersed in the local community and school. I felt like I was an actual part of the community in Gwangju instead of feeling like a foreigner. It was amazing being in the school and seeing all the students every single day and it was equally as amazing seeing the students at the best icecream place in the city or at the most famous tteokboki place after school. It was just so nice being surrounded by the loving students and the loving people of Gwangju every moment of the day-whether you were in the school or out and about in the city.