While staying in EV(EnglishVillage)-Yangpyeong Campus, we were impressed by everyone’s hospitality. In fact, we even met the humble EV President who greeted us “Sawadee-krub”(I hope my spelling is right), that was so surprising to us. Most of all, everybody never failed to pay their respect to the former Beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Even in this miles away land, every people we met will come to greet us and extend their heartfelt condolences. It was very surprising to us, yet, felt good for such a thoughtful gesture starting from the security guard of EV, to the admin staff of EV, the teachers and even ordinary staff. They never missed to say their hello’s and at the same time show their sympathy to the mourning of the nation.
Because of that, we ourselves also have not forgotten to show our respect and sadness despite we’re miles away from home.
English Village- Yangpyeong Campus possess a beautiful nature, surrounded with misty mountain, healthy fresh air because of the abundant red-leaf trees with melodious singing birds that will make you sleep. In short, you will learn to appreciate and fall in love with nature every day. More to that, students will also learn to develop good simple habits. It may be simple, yet I felt it plays important role if we make it part of our lives. For example:
1. Keep an orderly line.
2. Lay low from too much cellphone time, and make “in-action” friends.
3. Last but not the least,learn to clean and keep your eating utensils. Do some food recycling.
If we all learn these simple good habits, I believe we can make the world a better place!!! ^\^
Hey guys! Did you know that in English Village – Yangpyeong Campus, all students joining the camp will first go through their “Immigration Simulation”. You’ll probably be thinking now, what it’s like? Well, don’t worry MEP-NMK students got the first-hand simulation experience. Let’s check out!
First of all, inside the campus, they do have this “Airport Style Building”. Students were led to queue in here and were given the English Village Passport like this one:
Up next, students will then wait for their turns to face the “immigration officers” (who were of course the English Village teachers). And, once you reached the “immigration officers” stand, they will then interview you series of conversational questions; “What’s your name?, What’s your purpose of coming here in English Village? etc. etc. It may sound very easy, but mind you , I believe that this is a good practice to check the students presence of mind and at the same time boost up their confidence to use the language. Get ready then, as we take few glimpses of how did it go with our MEP-NMK students. Were they scared? Did they panic…? But,,,ooops…
I wish I could show more candid shots of our MEP-NMK immigration simulation, but my blog site seems to have some bytes limit, (maybe – not quiet familiar with the technical computer terminology).Anyway, my point is I apologize for not showing more pictures and bits about this action. But, believe me, all our MEP-NMK students performed and showed not only their best but in fact, their superb job!
They did super dooper ultra mega to the max EXCELLENT job! I’m so proud of you guys! Perhaps I could shout to the world, I am one of their English Teachers, so, like students like teachers ^ ^ !!!
Do you want to know what did our MEP students do during evening activities? Well, let me tell you, they totally had a lot of fun, even us teachers did have fun! See the evidences below.
Let’s take a look at the first activity we had; The Bubble Soccer- your mission is to knock your opponent done out of the marked lines. Once you did that, you win! Don’t worry, this didn’t hurt at all, imagine yourself being in a balloon and it seems like you’re just bouncing on and on.
The next evening activity is the Mini-Olympics together with the Korean students. Not only that our students got the chance to have fun but at the same time they did meet new friends. They learned to say “Hello” in their own different languages. Quiet a start for good friendship!
Up next is the Disco Night with again our dear Korean friends! Boys and girls getting into the groove of the viral song “Selfie”. Up on stage is T. Becky and T. Ricky together with the dance coach who took the lead to set the groove. Let’s see what we captured.
And the next part, was the talent show. Boys prepared their Bruno Mars song- Lazy song followed by Thai song. While girls did some mix of piano and group singing. Not only that, we got Tam and Earn, the hosts of that night’s show.
14 October 2016 – The day of our (MEP- NMK for Mini-English Program, Nawamindarajudis Krungthepmahanakhon School) departure. All our bags are packed and ready to go, met at Suvarnabhumi airport, JejuAir counter. Meeting point was very easy to find, and all our students and teachers scheduled to join the South Korea English Camp were all there already. Not much to prepare for here and there documents because Travel agent did all of these stuff for us, what we did was just fall on a queue and chit-chatting among each other. It went so smooth and the next thing we know we are all on board JejuAir waiting for take off. The moment our plane taxied on the lane and flew up and away, momentum of falling asleep came to all passengers on board.
25 October – 10am (Korea Time, Incheon Airport) – We arrived safely and was all ready to fall in line for Korean Immigration. It was agonizing considering the longest queue we’ve faced but at least we finished.
We are starving after finishing the immigration job. Lucky us that our contact people Mr. Tom and Ms. Kim from Gyeonggi English Village – Yangpyeong Camp were already there waiting for us. It was an easy-peasy way to find them because they were carrying Thai flag plus a supplementary banner having the name of the school.
And definitely, they knew that we are hungry as a bear so they have us sat down into a Bibimbap-shop at Incheon Airport. Our 21 students were all craving for food, so all set food on the table was so delicious.
And of course, our first groupie pictures at the meeting zone!
Its still 15th of October right after we got out from the airport. We get on board, English Village bus which was very comfy and accommodating.
Then we dropped by Starfield Hanam- which is considered to be the second largest shoipping mall in Seoul and is very famous these days. Lucky us! We got the chance to go on first-hand shopping to this so called “HOT” shopping mall.
15 October 2016 (Sometime in the afternoon- Korea time) – The moment we set foot at English Village we were awed by the beauty of the nature. Its reddish, orange oak leaves lining along the campus way, seems like the trees were very welcoming and smiling to its visitors. It was so breathtaking, and we were mesmerized by its beauty. It was such a picturesque!
Immediately, we were assisted by the coolest EV (English Village) staffs, T. Kiko, T. Ricky and T. Becky . They escorted all of us to our designated guesthouses and assigned our roomies!
They gave us ample time to set our things and waited outside for our dear students to be ready for dinner down the cafeteria. Which was at first we find bland! But two days later, we changed our taste and we thought, it is delicious!
Given much time to fill our stomachs, both teachers and students were gathered together to join the orientation night talking about the rules and regulations about the camp, i.e. No CELLPHONES, No chit-chatting after 10pm, no eating snakcs inside the bedroom instead eat in the living room, and etc.
Finally, we are all done for today! Time to hit back to our guesthouses and have some warm shower before bedtime! Let’s see what will tomorrow be.