Last November of 2015, great news arrived at the school. This is when the Directress of Westhill International School, Ms. Grace Eun Sook Im, mentioned that she would like to take some students to South Korea for a church tour and simultaneously to visit the scenic places around Seoul, South Korea. I was also blessed that I was chosen to go along with the students on this trip.
13 students were chosen to go to South Korea from the Grade 9 and 10. Most of them are also part of the worship team of Westhill International School. When they all heard that news, they were ecstatic! They could not believe that they were given this opportunity to be part of this trip.
After all the paper work and completing the requirements, time finally arrived for us to travel to South Korea. We left late night via Jeju Air and after 4 hours in the air, hello South Korea!
Though tired from the whole plane trip, you can still see that the students and teachers were overwhelmed by everything. They still couldn't believe that they were really in South Korea! We were also introduced to some of the pastors of our host church, Seoyhun Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea.
After a few minutes of waiting at the airport we were met by Mam Im along with Teacher Jinny ( Jinkyoung) , Gayeon , Teacher Chris and Rev. Cheong who were with us during our stay in South Korea. They were very nice and kind to us all and we got along easily with them. It almost felt like we'd all known each other for a long time.
We also visited different historical sites such as villages and castles in Seoul which depicts what life was like in the old days. Students were even able to try some of the South Korean arts which they really enjoyed.
This tour was also educational since we visited top universities like Ewha Women's University and Yonsei University which gave students the idea of the importance of education and how the education system works in South Korea.
They even took us to Lotte World where students got the scariest ride of their life. And, lastly, they took us to famous buffet restaurants like VIPS and Chelsey. I can't believe how much I ate during my stay in South Korea. That's how much I enjoyed South Korean food!
We also had the opportunity to stay in different home stays and got to experience how life was like in South Korea. It made me realize the value of having a close family ties among South Korean and how education was one of the top priorities, especially among the young generation. I am very privileged to have stayed and met the family of JinHee Song who welcomed us wholeheartedly into their home.
And most of all one of the most memorable things during our trip was when I sang and the students performed in front of many people at Seo Yun Presbyterian Church. It was a magical and truly wonderful experience to be serving the Lord and using God's blessings.
This is not going to be the last time I will visit South Korea, the experience I had and the good memories they left made me decide that I will spend a winter in South Korea, hopefully in 2016! To God Be The Glory!