Four Nevada State College students will travel to Seoul, Korea for five weeks beginning June 21 to introduce Korean children to American culture and teach them English.
The District of Dobong in Seoul invited six college-aged students from Henderson to travel to Korea to help teach young Koreans conversational English and to introduce them to American culture in order to enhance the business relationship between the city of Henderson and the District of Dobong.
Elan Andruss 12, Angelica Favela 12, Trey Takahashi 13 and Ariella Youdelman 12 of Nevada State College will participate in the program and serve as youth ambassadors. The four NSC students along with two students from the College of Southern Nevada were selected based on an essay application and interview with representatives from the Henderson-Korea Business Service and city of Henderson.
I am very proud to have been chosen as a representative of both Nevada State College and the city of Henderson for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, said Elan Andruss. I know that business is becoming increasingly globalized and building relationships with foreign nations, like Korea, is vital to diversifying our economy. As a representative of my community to other nations, I will gain a better understanding of their unique culture, and hopefully, the future of our two countries will ultimately be strengthened.
The NSC students will live in Korean homes and will interact with children ranging from 10 to 14 years old. The District of Dobong will pay all of the expenses for the six college students to travel to and stay in Korea.
As part of the program, Dobong will also send about 20 middle school aged Korean children to the city of Henderson this December to learn English and socialize with American children.
The educational exchange program was established to grow the city of Henderson’s international business relationship with Korea. This is the second year of the program which builds on the success of last year’s inaugural exchange.
In December 2009, Mayor Andy Hafen, City Manager Mark Calhoun, Economic Development Manager Bob Cooper, and Henderson-Korea Business Service principals visited the District of Dobong to establish a business-driven relationship. As a result, Henderson and Dobong agreed to exchange cultural and educational experiences that will inevitably enhance their business relationship in the future.
The participating college students were honored at the Henderson City Council meeting on June 14.