Da Vinci Students Take South Korea

For the second year in a row, members of Da Vinci High School’s South Korea Club traveled to South Korea this summer as part of the exchange program between Da Vinci Charter Academy and Yuseong students.  Zevik Citron, Hadley Citron, Jenna Christensen, Grace Holt, Hyung-Seok Park and teacher advisors Ms. DeRobbio and Mr. Langone toured the city of Daejeon, South Korea, immersing themselves in Korean culture for nine days.

The students’ travel itinerary was filled with fun activities, including visiting the National Science Museum, living at the Magoksa Temple and taking a Korean cooking class. At the National Science Museum, the students learned about nature and wildlife in Korea. They learned how to make gimbap, a type of Korean sushi, and japchae, a Korean glass noodle stir fry dish in their cooking class. The students also practiced Korean calligraphy at the Yuseong-gu Lifelong Learning Center.  While staying at the Magoksa Temple, the students studied Buddhism from local monks.

“We got to meditate on these little rocks in a small stream, which was pretty cool,” Hadley Citron said.

In addition to experiencing Korean culture, the students attended Noeun High School for two days, where they sat in classes with their new Korean buddies. The students sat in on various classes, ranging from math and science to Chinese language class.

“They are so rigorous with their schooling,” Holt recalled. It was a tremendous shock to the Korea Club students to attend school from 7:45 AM to 10:30 PM, with extra school from 10:30 PM to 12:30 PM. Unlike Da Vinci, the teachers relied on chalk boards and paper books instead of laptops to teach.

Park said, “It was very cool to be part of a Korean school for two days, and also the students there were very nice and welcoming! Some even asked for pictures and such, making you feel like some kind of celebrity!”

Along with touring South Korea and experiencing Korean school, the South Korea Club attended a baseball game.  

Hadley Citron said, “It was not at all what I was expecting. When each of the home team’s players went up to bat, everyone would sing a song specifically for that player.”  

To conclude their trip, the students met Lee Jae-Kwan, Deputy mayor of the town Yuseong-gu, before heading to the airport.

Soon it will be the South Korea Club members’ turn to host the Korean students. Their newfound friends will visit Da Vinci Charter Academy in the winter, where they will sit in on our classes and be shown around Davis. If you meet them, be sure to say “Hi” and welcome them to the school!

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