Education abroad program offers opportunities in Korea

Genna Kovach

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) is giving students the opportunity to teach English to school children in rural areas and learn about the rich cultural life in South Korea.

Susan Morgan, coordinator of the education abroad and exchange programs at NMU, will be hosting an information session from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 in Whitman 141.

“The information session will discuss the TaLK program and will help students to apply and plan accordingly,” Morgan said.

All students interested in learning more about the education abroad program are invited to attend the information session.

Students with an associate’s degree or with two years of university education are eligible for the program.

Applicants who are approved for the program recieve Korean government scholarships for airfare, lodging, insurance and living costs, Morgan said.

The experience of traveling abroad and discovering a new place is a large part of the appeal said Tyria Newman, a senior international studies major.

“I studied abroad in South Korea in 2011 and again last summer,” Newman said. “I love traveling and getting out there to experience new things.”

Newman, who is applying for the TaLK program this year, said that her time in Korea was a postive and memorable experience.

“There’s a lot to do in Korea; it’s a unique place because it’s a combination of old and new,” Newman said. “In Seoul, for example, there’s a temple right in the middle of this bustling city; it’s really a cool place to visit.”

Students accepted into the program will be placed at elementary schools in rural areas that are in need of exposure to the English language. They will teach students in both in-school sessions and in after-school programs.

Volunteers will also be provided with one-on-one working relationships with Korean university students to assist them.

Students enrolled in the Superior Edge program will also be able to count their hours towards the service learning and diversity categories, Morgan said.

Applications for the February and August 2013 TaLK Scholars will be processed in October and February.

For more information, email Susan Morgan at s[email protected] or the International Programs office at [email protected].