Youths from many different countries are visiting Jeju in August for culture exchanges and workshops. The Overseas Koreans Foundation, UNESCO and Jeju National University are among the organizers of a variety of events across the island.
The Overseas Koreans Foundation has invited 430 overseas Korean youths from 30 countries, including 130 voluntary students to Jeju Island. They undertook a cultural tour and a fellowship with university students between Aug. 1-3.
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and Jeju National University opened the Summer Homeland school for Jejuians living outside of Jeju between Aug. 5-9. 49 university students, including 20 from Japan, U.S.A. and Australia, learned about Jeju’s history and culture. Also, 21 Japanese Korean youths are learning Korean at Jeju Tourism College between Aug. 5-17.
The 2nd Nationwide University Student and Youth Workshop was held in Jeju Stone Park and Gyorae Natural Recreation Forest over Aug. 12-14. 80 university students from different areas of Korea have participated to understand more about the earth and leadership for preservation of the environment. An international youth cyber environment forum was also held and Jeju’s vision for world environment capital was promoted.
There is an international workshop, too. UNESCO Korean Committee and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province are holding the UNESCO International Work Camp in Seogwipo between Aug. 9-22. 24 people including 18 foreigners have programs for promotion and preservation of Jeju’s UNESCO natural heritage and for cultural exchange and fellowship with different nationalities.
The participating youths are from the U.S.A., Australia, Japan, Germany, Mexico, China and Mongolia. Organizers hope that Jeju can become an international stage for bonding, unity and peace.
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