The DMOE(Daegu metropolitain office of Education) decided to hold a Global Festival where each country that has native teachers in
is represented and volunteers take part to teach students about each country. So they sent out e-mails asking us to help out with the event. One of my friends Justine and her husband and I decided to help out with the South Korea part of the festival. It turned out to be a lot of fun but also a lot of work! We had to decorate two classrooms, make posters, organize materials we needed the dmoe to buy for us etc. It took about 4 afternoons of setting up to get the rooms done and I won’t lie they looked pretty awesome. The SA embassy in South Africa sponsored us some huge flags and mini flags and a few posters and then I painted a huge South African flag too. The DMOE also got a whole bunch of great posters made for us. What I found quite surprising was that Korea South Africa is the 2nd largest country represented in K ! So we had two classrooms for us to use and there were about 14 of us volunteering so I got to meet some new people J We had to have different activities so we did a face painting zone and photo booth area where we painted the kids faces and they could take photos with props. Then we also did a scavenger hunt, beading(in all the south African colors and they learnt what each color meant), Making Makarapa hats(which I had never heard of before this thing), cultural spin the wheel where you learn about the different cultures, learning about the big five and making a South African flag with painted hand prints. It was a two day event on Saturday and Sunday and there were 1000 people there on Saturday alone! It was crazy busy and I think I must have painted hundreds of kids faces. I can safely say I never want to paint a South African flag again! Also I realized through this thing how little I actually know about my own country. I had to make the big poster of the map of orea and label all the landmarks. So obviously I know where all the main landmarks are like table mountain and such but there were some that I was like, oh yes I know that landmark but I have no idea where on the map it goes! I had to google like 80% of it! I am SO bad at geography! I have taken to studying a world map because it is definitely not only South Africa I am clueless about. Wooops I clearly slept through those classes at school! South Africa
Anyways here are a few photo’s showing you what the room looks like and all. The other countries represented were Ireland, UK, Oceania(Australia and New Zealand)-who had to recruite USA volunteers cuz that’s how few of them there are teaching here haha, USA, Canada, China, Japan……….
I’ll add some photos of their rooms as well.
|One part of the first SA room|
|The photobooth area, once they had their faces painted they could have a photo in front of either picture|
|Making makarapa hats|
|One of the fussy kids who didnt want the face paint on his face. sigh.|
|New Zealand (That's Dorian)|
|New Zealanders serving veggie mite and marmite on crackers|
|I had to draw that flag, you wouldn't think getting the proportions correct would be that hard, took forever!|
|One of the girls drew the outline of the face and then I Painted it and the jersey (pretty proud of my springbok)|
|Props for the photobooth|
|A well deserved hunters after a long day! (Only one place that stocks it!)|
|Our SA Global Festival team. Yes I was the ONLY unmarried one...|