The South Korea Program is an experience designed to take advantage of the numerous learning opportunities in South Korea that hold direct connections with the program pillars in the Center for Service and Global Citizenship: global studies, sustainability, and a dedication to service, while allowing students to understand and further define what it means to be a leader.
Throughout the experience, students will study Korea’s remarkable economic journey in the post-war period, while strengthening their skills and deepening their understanding of leadership in action in the world. We will analyze the benefits and costs of this development to modern Korean society, and we will explore the tension between cultural traditions and the forces of modernity within the country. Visiting sites, participating in cultural experiences, and meeting with businesspeople, government officials, and non-profit leaders, students will gain a more textured understanding of leadership in a South Korean context. Throughout, students will have the opportunity to lead their peers and/or see leadership in action.
The trip concludes with a two-day meditation at a local Temple designed to offer a time for students to reflect on their experiences and their growing awareness of themselves in the context of others and the place around them. Students will return to Deerfield with memories of Korea and a deepened understanding of what it means to turn ideas into action as leaders in a rapidly changing world. This trip is open to all students with a preference for those with a demonstrated interest in developing their leadership skills.