On April 9, 2013, 18 students, parents, and teachers found themselves looking upon a familiar campus. Each of the participants from the Korea trip slowly left the ever-shrinking group to return home to their friends and family. 12 days of creating new relationships, making memories, learning about a different culture and having the experience of a lifetime had come to a close. The Korea Trip was over.
What did we do?
Oh, I’m glad you asked. Basically, we went to museums, an aquarium, church, restaurants, markets, an amusement part, the DMZ, malls, traditional villages, and, of course, McDonalds. Throughout the time spent in Korea we learned mainly about the Korean language and culture, both in the past and in the present. We went on bus tours around Busan and Seoul, allowing us to see tons of famous Korean sights.
Why did we go?
All of the students who went are either currently taking or have taken a Korean language learning class. This was a once in a lifetime change to try out everything that we had learned and to expand our knowledge of the language and the culture. And really, who wouldn’t want to go if they got the chance?
Basics about the trip…
We left Kenya on March 29, 2013 and came back on April 9, 2013. There was a total of 18 parents, students, and teachers who went. The students were either in high school or middle school. We have our wonderful Korean teachers, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Park, and Mrs. Park, to thank for organizing the trip.
A Few Highlights…
The entire trip was absolutely amazing, but there were a few parts that tend to stand out in people’s minds. Everland was one of many things that will be hard to forget. It was cold and rainy and we were outside almost all day. Most of the roller coasters weren’t running and there were only a few other rides that were even worth going on. Just by looking at this you might think that it was a waste of a day, but I assure you it was not. It gave us a great chance to get to know each other and when we finally did ride the roller coaster, it just made it that much more fun. Another part of the trip that most if not all of us enjoyed were the bus rides. It was fun to just sit inside and look at the cold outside while we talked and laughed at each other. It’s hard to choose a couple things that really stick out because the whole trip was super fun.
From Rosslyn to the World…
Earlier this year, a group of Rosslyn students went to France for CFS. This was done instead of going to a rural location in Kenya. Like the Korea trip, these students have been learning the language and the trip allowed them to expand both their knowledge of the culture and of the language. Several years ago a group also went to Madagascar to help their French improve. However, the French Trip was in place of CFS, and therefore, they did some work and service projects. The Korea trip was over our own personal spring break and because of this, it was more like a vacation than a CFS.
Overall I think that everyone enjoyed themselves and would not trade the trip for anything. It was fun, exciting, and holds memories that will last a lifetime.
– Hannah B