Last Spring I participated in the Global Village program at Yonsei University in Wonju, South Korea. As a part of the program, American students were each given 2-3 Korean roommates who they lived with in a dorm. Most of the Americans in the program took simple Korean language courses and we also went on field trips to cultural sites. My Korean roommates along with many other Korean students in the program were extremely excited to be living with American roommates and as a part of the program, we helped to teach them about our own culture through mentoring sessions. They also taught us a huge amount about their own culture. The enthusiasm from both the Americans and the Korean students made the program one that I was glad I took. I also got a chance on the weekends and breaks to explore other parts of the country and Asia. Any opportunity to learn about another culture is one that should be taken, and I am so much better off after having studied abroad and met so many friendly Korean students. There is just so much to learn from each other!
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