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Grace Academy, Hancock students go to South Korea for mission trip

November 11, 2012
  • From left, Nick Fuss, Keshia Harney, Caitlin Cox, Amy Casto, Allison Lehman and Keirsten Kline are shown in South Korea.
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A group of four Grace Academy high school students, one Hancock student and their chaperone, Amy Casto, had the opportunity to travel to South Korea for a two-week missions trip this summer. 

Grace Academy has been hosting exchange students from South Korea for the past four years. The program has flourished and this year includes students from South Korea, China, Spain, Russia and, starting in January, Japan. 

Amy Casto and the five high school students, Caitlin Cox and Keshia Harney (12th grade), Allison Lehman and Keirsten Kline (11th grade) and Nick Fuss (10th grade), served as English teachers at the Global Vision Christian School in Mungyeong, South Korea. 

Soon after they arrived in Korea, they joined a team of college students from various California universities and started working at a vacation Bible school camp. 

Each high school and college student had a class of his or her own, ages varying from 3 years to 15 years old. Many of the Korean students were local village children who had little to no knowledge of the English language. Teaching them was a challenge for the college and high school students, but each agree that they had an enormous amount of fun with their students and fell in love with them quickly. The second week of the trip, the high school students were each paired with a college student or adult and worked together in the classroom teaching English.

One of the highlights of working with the kids was the talent show.

The classes worked together to put together a song, dance or skit and at the end of the week were able to perform it for all of the staff and their peers.

Grace Academy will be sending another group of students to South Korea this summer.

The students who went this past year emphatically encourage others to go. South Korea is a beautiful country, and the program was so enjoyable.

— Keshia Harney,
Grace Academy senior

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