Korean students boost city links


Korean students from the International School Eastern Seaboard (ISE) in Pattaya gave up their time to help promote their homeland.

Six ISE students from Grades 10 and 11 volunteered to lend a hand at the ‘Bangkok Sister Cities Week 2010’. The event aimed to promote good relationships between Bangkok and its 16 sister cities. The event had the theme “The Art of Living for a Better Life” and each city presented its country’s products and activities in booths on the first floor of the Siam Paragon Shopping Complex in Bangkok.

The ISE students at their booth in Bangkok. The ISE students at their booth in Bangkok.

ISE’s students volunteered to help run a booth to promote Seoul. Students worked as assistants, helping to arrange equipment, running a Polaroid photo event and helping visitors wear the traditional Korean costume, the Hanbok.

The students are in the school’s IB Korean Language A program and their voluntary work was part of their CAS (creativity, action, service) program. This gives students the chance for personal growth, self-reflection, intellectual, physical and creative challenges, and an awareness of themselves as members of their community.

Part of the aim of the day was for the students to learn the benefits of doing voluntary work and to help share experiences of different cultures.

Bangkok’s sister cities are Washington DC, Lausanne, Beijing, Teochew, Guangzhou, Fukuoka, Seoul, St Petersburg, Moscow, Brisbane, Budapest, Astana, Jakarta, Manila, Hanoi and Vientiane.

For more on ISE, visit www.ise.ac.th.