Factory and School Visits

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End May 05, 2006

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Monday, April 17, 2006

We awoke early since we needed to be packed, fed and ready to go by 8am. We packed our things quickly then headed down to the main lodge for a very good continental style breakfast with coffee, weak coffee but coffee just the same. We shoveled the food as quickly as possible and headed back to the condo to meet the driver. Craig and I were already paying for the hike the day before... Once we arrived we packed up the van and headed out, this time with some American music that ranged from bad opera to Kanye West (rap music). Lets just say it added a little flavor to our ride. We soon arrived at the district office and before long Chairman Choi was speaking his notorious "Lets Go". First up on the agenda was Samgyang Plant where they make PCR plastic, we met with the directors and watched a movie on all fabrication process and uses of PCR plastic, their most common use for it here was in the manufacturing of automobiles. It is also used in construction as well, often seen in the sound barriers along the interstates in the city. After the movie we had a brief questioning period where Craig was able to ask them about their techniques to make the process as environmentally friendly as possible, they soon just asked if they could show us so we all put on the hard hats and headed out into the plant. It was very interesting to see, it was definitely an occasion however where we felt the language barrier, even with and interpreter.

Next we were off to "Handle Elementary School" this school mirrored the states elementary school, much more then the private schools we have seen thus far. The class size ranged from 25 to 35, they all have big screen TV for multimedia purposes (Eric would like the Boise School District to get on that, just kidding) and the kids personality was much less reserved then the kids we have seen in the private schools, just goes to show that kids are kids in Korea as well as America. Although, there was one very noticeable difference, this existed in the Cafeteria, what do you think American Children would do if they were served kimshi, raw crab soup and a piece of bread? Yum...

When we first arrived at the school we took off our shoes and changed into slippers and were off to meat with the principle of the school. Eric was able to ask a slue of questions and I think was very happy to get some of his curiosities answered. For Example, many of the teachers rotate from school to school over time. This rotation can include the teachers changing grades in the transfer, it sounded as if that decision was up to the school master.
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