[Saeng Saeng Network]
There is a group of Korean students doing various volunteer projects in remote villages of Africa.
They say that participating in overseas volunteer work fostered an international sense in them and earned them confidence that they can do anything.
Jo Jeong-ho has more.
This is a makeshift classroom in Tanzania.
Children trying hard to follow along are reminiscent of Evergreen Tree, a novel by Sim Hun.
They resemble the children who were hungry for education when Korea was destitute.
With bright eyes, they sing and dance along.
Another group of protagonists to this scene, much like that of Korea a hundred years ago, is a group of Korean students.
They teach the children in these villages who are yearning for education.
In a village in Jamaica, volunteer work continues.
Volunteers put on a piano performance on the street.
The host organization, the Good News Corps overseas volunteer group, celebrates its fourteenth anniversary this year.
<Park Ok-su / Senior Advisor International Youth Fellowship> “Through Good News Corps, you receive happiness of the heart. Meeting with the local people also provides much happiness. Naturally, you become more positive and happier.”
<Sylvestre Kouassi Bile / Ambassador of Cote d’Ivoire to Korea> “It is a globalized world today, so it was good to see young people coming together and sharing their cultures.”
<Namkung Young-hee / Hannam University> “I love [the friends I worked with], and I want to be with them not just for one year but for a long time.”
Volunteer work in developing countries is becoming a valuable experience for students and is raising Korea’s national image at the same time.
Jo Jeong-ho reporting for Yonhap News.
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