Korea Kids

For volunteers and allies of the Daejeon Salvation Army Children's Home


Thanks, Elena!

Posted by Marissa on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

A big thanks to Elena L., an EPIK teacher in Daejeon, who decided to teach her elementary school students about helping others and suporting their community with a lesson that included a clothing and school supplies drive.  

Elena asked students to bring new and gently worn clothing and supplies to class.  Then she and her students sorted through everything, boxed it up, and donated them to the orphanage.  

We'll bring the clothes and goods to the kids next week!

Greenwich Time Article

Posted by Marissa on December 20, 2010 at 12:06 AM Comments comments (0)

My hometown newspaper, the Greenwich Time, just ran this story today.

In it, the reporter summarizes something I said during the interview:

"When she is not teaching, Kaye volunteers at an orphanage run by the Salvation Army, so she sees a deep divide."

I wish I had spent more time talking about that "deep divide," and about its effects on kids in Korea.

For example, take my homestay family last year.  Because she showed an aptitude for English, their eleven-year-old daughter studied in a private English immersion elementary school, studying three languages in addition to math, science, and literature, and coming home to hours of homework every night.   Both of their 2 children went to after-school academies for math and English, their son to study tae kwon do, their daughter to piano. And, of course, they invited a stranger into their home -- me -- to help tutor their children in English. Next year, their family is moving closer to Seoul so that their children can go to better schools.

This is not atypical.  Education for the children takes a huge part of a Korean family's resources.  Every single Korean family I know pays for their children to attend at least one after-school private academy.  And while  we volunteers can offer supplemental conversation classes to help close the gap , there's a lot more to be done.