This winter vacation from January to February of 2016, about 70 Sookmyung Women’s University students were divided into 8 groups and participated in the Knowledge Work Camp, hosted by the Korea Student Aid Foundation’s Ministry of Donation and Business of Education. The Social Service Team at Sookmyung Women’s University applied to participate. This Camp aims at cultivating human resources. University students act as mentors and teach mentees who are elementary, middle, and high school students from low-income families for four days of camp. Mentors are responsible for planning and have autonomous control over all activities. Cho Jongsook, head of the Social Service Team, said, “This would be a chance for mentors to nurture their creative leadership ability, and it is also an opportunity for mentees to develop their own capabilities.” This year, the club, Seollem, also joined in the camp as one of the 8 groupings. During the camp, the club targeted elementary students and focused their teaching on the understanding musicals. Kong Daeun, Department of Japanese Studies ’13 and head of Seollem, said, “In the beginning we were worried, however, our worries were groundless. The children responded actively and enthusiastically. If given the opportunity to participate in the camp again, I would.” The camp is scheduled to open again this summer vacation.
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