Project Go - Korea: Weekly News Brief

2019

June 24: Students attend class, a cultural presentation, and meet with their language partners in Sinchon.

June 25: After class, the students went on an excursion to the Namsan Seoul Tower.

June 26: A special language tutoring session followed classes, and then students met with their language partners in Sinchon.

June 27: Students attend class and participate in a library study session. They then went shopping in Sinchon before meeting with their language partners.

June 28: After class, the students visited Namsangol Hanok Village to participate in a number of cultural classes. They were given the opportunity to make traditional rice cakes and participated in Darye, a Korean traditional tea ceremony. The last cultural class was a Hanbok, or Korean traditional attire, fitting.

PGO Korea students wearing Hanboks

Students wearing traditional Korean Hanboks.

PGO Korea students participating in Darye

Darye class, a Korean traditional tea ceremony.

PGO Korea students wearing Hanboks

(Right) Students at the Namsan Seoul Tower. Namsan Tower was first established in 1969 as a broadcasting tower, sending out TV and radio signals. Presently, it is one of the representative landmarks and multi-cultural venues in Seoul.

PGO Korea students at Namsan Seoul Tower

10 June: Students attend their first daily briefing before taking a placement test. After testing, they attend the welcoming orientation and their first language class. In the afternoon, they participate in a cultural presentation and the Language Exchange Orientation, where they meet with Korean students.

11 June: Students attend daily briefing and language class. They received a campus tour and visited the student union, followed by dinner in the Sinchon area.

12 June: Students attend daily briefing and language class. They meet with their Language Exchange partners in the Sinchon area.

13 June: After the daily briefing and  language class, our students visited the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan.

14 June: Students attend daily briefing and language class. After lessons, they had the opportunity to commodity shop at Daiso, Hyundai Department Store, and Lotte Mart in Sinchon and Yongsan.

16 June: USAF students met with UM Alumni USAF Officers who are stationed in Korea for a leadership development session in the Sinchon area.

Students enjoying dinner in the Sinchon area.

Students enjoying dinner in the Sinchon area.

Students meet with UM Alumni USAF Officers.

USAF students meet with UM Alumni USAF Officers currently stationed in Korea.

Students visiting the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan.

Student visited the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan. This memorial, opened on the former site of the army headquarters, exhibits and preserves materials related to the Korean War, and serves as a national moral educational venue.

Students visiting the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan.

2018

23 July: Students attend language class, and participate in a special tutoring session. In the afternoon, they meet with their individual language partners in the Sinchon area for a language exchange.
24 July: After language class, students attend a special culture class, discussing cultural differences between Korea and the US. After culture class, they meet with their individual language partners in the Sinchon area for a language exchange.
25 July: Students attend language class, and participate in a special tutoring session.
26 July: The class visits Namsangol Hanok Village. They are given the opportunity to participate in several classes: a Hanbok, a type of traditional semi-formal or formal Korean dress, fitting; a Darye, or tea ceremony; a class that makes Hyang-nang, incense pouches used to make the body and clothes diffuse a pleasant scent; and a class for making Kkot San-byeong, traditional Korean rice cakes - often decorated with edible flowers!
27 July: Students attend language class, and participate in a special tutoring session. In the afternoon, they meet with their individual language partners in the Sinchon area for a language exchange.

 

PGO Korea students wearing Hanboks.

Students wearing traditional Korean Hanboks after a fitting class.

PGO Korea students at a Darye.

A Korean tea ceremony, known as a Darye.

PGO Korea students making Hyang-nang, or incense pouches.

Students with their handmade Hyang-nang, or incense pouches.

PGO Korea students making Korean rice cakes.

Students making and enjoying Kkot San-byeong, traditional Korean rice cakes.


16 July: Students attend language class, and participate in a special tutoring session.
17 July: After language class, students meet with their individual language partners in the Sinchon area for a language exchange.
18 - 20 July: Students attend language class, and participate in special tutoring sessions.
21 July: The class visits the Korean DMZ (demilitarized zone), a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. The DMZ is a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea, serving as a meeting point between the two nations. A tour of Panmunjom was given, allowing students to visit the Joint Security Area (JSA), where discussions between North and South Korea still take place.

The Joint Security Area in North Korea.

Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area. North and South Korean officials continue to meet in the buildings shown above for face-to-face discussions.

PGO Korea students stand in front of the DMZ sign in Korea.

DCLCP students at the DMZ, a border barrier that separates the Korean Peninsula into North Korea and South Korea.

PGO Korea students visiting Panmunjom, Korea.

Students visiting Panmunjom, Kaesong, North Hwanghae Province, North Korea.