Global to Local: Korea

4 Aug 2019 @ 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Serve locally while gaining experience working with other global student leaders! This unique service project brought to you in partnership with World Denver, committed to creating cultural ties internationally by hosting cultural exchange opportunities from across the globe, and to work with youth leaders who are currently living in South Korea and have defected from North Korea.

Serve locally by cleaning up a much needed bike path and trail in downtown Denver. The Korean Young Leaders will be creating a potluck to share with all CYL attendees, and we encourage you to bring something to share. This is a great chance for you to share your own unique culture and food traditions with the Korean students, so bring something that reflects what you eat at home or that reflects your unique heritage.

After lunch we will be volunteering together with the Korean students, CYL alumni, and CYL staff by cleaning up the bike path along the South Platte River. This is a great chance for really involved leaders and leaders who are brand new to CYL to serve, lead and build community together!

For questions, please contact Lauren.


A note from a Korean youth leader

When I was in North Korea, I only had one opportunity to see foreigners. During my second year in middle school, so when I was 13 years old, my friends and I saw foreign tourists visiting the Pochonbo Memorial Tower in Hyesan. It was the first time we had seen foreigners. And what a surreal experience that was. They had blond hairs and were so tall, and their styles were very peculiar. They had huge cameras around their necks, and whenever they trained their cameras on us, we screamed, “Hey!! They are taking our pictures. Get down and don’t look!” All the kids reacted this way because we were only taught how evil the Americans were since we were very little.
I feel like dreaming. Foreigners were like space aliens in North Korea, and I could only look at them from a distance. But now, I can see them in every street corner, and I can also meet with them. I left North Korea and now I am in South Korea, where I have found the freedom to go anywhere I want, whenever I want. There are so many places that I wished to visit since I was little. I was curious about various places around the world. But despite the freedom I have now, I’ve had few opportunities to visit foreign countries due to being a student and my other circumstances. That is why I am so excited to have this opportunity to visit the United States. Through this trip, I hope to directly experience, feel, and realize how enormous and diverse the world really is compared to what I had imagined.

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4 Aug 2019
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

City of Cuernavaca Park