2017년 8월 16일 수요일

Save energy project in churches

 
 
 
Seoul YWCA is running "Saving Energy Project in Church". Last weekend, August 12th, Seoul YWCA visits Onsarang Church located in Dongjakgu. Children coming to the church participated in the saving energy class.
 
 


 An environment lecturer Ms. Kim Mi Kyung taught about global warming and why it is so important to save energy and how we can save energy.


 
As a way of save energy, they learned how to make solar panel light with Ms.Kim. It was surprising that the lights are on even without any battery. They made their mind to save energy by using these kind of solar energy and concern more about the resources they are using in their daily life. 
 

2017년 8월 8일 화요일

Youth Peace Camp in Vladivostok


Seoul YWCA Youth Program team hosted Youth Peace Camp in Vladivostok. 

Deportation of Koreans in the Soviet Union, originally conceived in 1926, initiated in 1930, and carried through in 1937, was the first mass transfer of an entire nationality in the Soviet Union.  Almost the entire Soviet population of ethnic Koreans (171,781 persons) were forcefully moved from the Russian Far East to unpopulated areas of the Kazakh SSR and the Uzbek SSR in October 1937. The official reason for the deportation was to stem "the penetration of the Japanese espionage into the Far Eastern Krai", as Koreans were at the time subjects of the Japan, which was hostile to the Soviet Union. Estimates based on population statistics suggest that 40,000 deported Koreans died in 1937 and 1938 from starvation, exposure and difficulties adapting to their new environment.




So this time YWCA youth members visited the historic site and met with Koreans rooted in the region after the deportation. The new generations, even though they were not good at Korean language any more, tried to interact with Korean students and learned a little bit about Korea. All the participants hoped a peaceful and soonest reunification to freely exchange cultures between Vladivostok and Korea. 




Y-VM Call for application


Seoul YWCA opens an application process to find suitable university students in Korea. Seoul YWCA and Volunteering Matters develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. We engage more than 30,000 volunteers and 90,000 beneficiaries every year through 180 active programmes across the UK. If you want to be a volunteer and gain English skills, new experiences, as well as friendship in UK, please contact I-friend@seoulywca.or.kr asap. The due date is September 20th, 2017.

 

2017년 8월 4일 금요일

Feelings from Tanzania - Lee Kwang Ho




The feeling that dominated my mind until the first day was worry rather than expectation. Our preparation was not enough on every aspect. But, my colleagues looked so happy and relaxed even though we were not prepared and had to teach the class tomorrow. That made me worried so much. However, when the first class had started, my thought changed completely. Still, there were a lot of insufficiencies in our classes. Although Kits for the class were not enough and student’s academic achievement was different from what we had expected, student liked us as ourselves regardless of the poor teaching. Though we made a mistake, they accepted and loved it as part of ourselves. Only then, I realized that I am the one who can’t really adjust in Tanzania, not our team members.
There were a lot of problems while we had worked in Tanzania. There were conflicts among colleagues and sometimes miscommunication with local people caused some misunderstanding and conflicts. However, we tried to understand and love each other though we had conflicts, as a result, it gave us a chance to learn and understand more about Tanzania and made our friendship deeper than before.
I remembered a speech heard at the first group meeting. A lecturer said that ‘now, you are planning to teach the local people but, you will be the one who learned the most’. That was totally right. I’ve learned a lot in this volunteering program. What I saw in Tanzanian’s life was ‘Hakunamatata’. They have the heart to see the world positively whichever circumstance they faced. So, everything is relaxed and calm in Tanzania. There are smile and peace in their face and they seem to truly enjoy their life. In Korea, We used the word ‘ppalli ppalli(Quick quick)’ a lot. Every Korean tries to seek the faster and easier way. Our life is also focused on achieving employment, marriage, and promotion as soon as we are at the time. Korea is economically wealthier than Tanzania. However, I want to ask whether or not we are as happy as people of Tanzania. Maybe, we are the one who needs a real learning from them, it was not the Tanzanian.

 

Volunteering program in Tanzania

 
Seoul YWCA had successfully done World Friends Korea volunteering service in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania during 12th July ~ 25th July, 2017.
The volunteers are composed of divers university students throughout the domestic Korea and they were mainly majored in information technology.
The volunteer activities were to teach kids in St. Augustine primary school and to teach MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint at the computer classes in YWCA Dar es Salaam Branch.
Korean students learned global citizenship through this program, and they will take action to make a better world after this activity. 
 
 
 




Donor wall opening ceremony

 There was a meaningful event on the 8th December after SeoulYWCA 95th anniversary worship. In order to commemorate the donors love for Se...