COME SEE US @ WELLESLEY!

COME to our Presentation at the TANNER CONFERENCE!

October 27, 2010 3pm – 4:10pm Pendelton Rm. 116

Wellesley College

21 Wellesley College Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

OUR FRIENDS FROM NORTH KOREA: VOLUNTEERING WITH NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS IN SOUTH KOREA

Our team of students from Wellesley and a group of South Korean college students stood facing the North korean soldiers staring at us across a low cement divide called the 38th Parallel. The residual tension after the CheonAn Ship sinking incident was palpable in the air, and we were strictly instructed not to make any sudden movements. Our team flew to South Korea thinking we would teach English to North Korean refugee children at community centers. We did not expect to tour the demilitarized zone with North Korean defectors college students and listen to their experiences of having watched loved ones die of hunger and persecution. Our time in South Korea gave us insights into an array of resettlement programs including private schools, government sponsored boarding schools, and defector resource centers. North Korea is not just Kim Jong Il’s lair; it is the home of the people we met on this trip.

GRACE KIM

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