2019 Study Tour Reflections

2019 South Korea Study Tour Reflections

In June 2019, the IU East Asian Studies Center organized a study tour of South Korea for 10 teacher-alumni of National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) programming. During the 15-day trip, teachers participated in a variety of hands-on learning experiences and visited historical and cultural sites meant to increase their understanding of Korea. Teachers also had the special opportunity to engage with Korean students, administrators, and fellow educators at five different schools: Yeomyung School, Dundae Elementary, the Korean High School of Cultural Heritage, the Samseong High School of Beauty Arts, and Sungkyunkwan University. An additional highlight was participation in the Understanding Korea workshop hosted by the Academy of Korean Studies, which provided educational resources and shared program information. As a final tour requirement, participants will produce an original learning plan on Korean history, society, and/or arts for implementation in their classrooms.

As a teacher of geography, to visit the historical sights, visit schools, and experience first hand the culture of Korea is an invaluable learning experience...

Cristina Hargis

I had a fabulous time in Korea, made connections at schools for my curriculum project, made new friends, saw amazing historic places, artifacts and beautiful countryside, and had great cultural experiences.

Becky Hasselle