#Sameface-Much More Than Just a Game

Back in January, we traveled with NSLI-Y to Busan, South Korea, for a cultural exchange camp between us and teenagers from Busan. Each Korean class (there were three) had to prepare a presentation that focused on one aspect of American culture, as a way to share our culture with the Korean kids. (The Korean teenagers prepared stuff […]

To All of the Future “Incheon Girls” (Especially You, Songdo Girls)

Hi my name is Elaine, and if you’re new to this blog, just a quick self introduction: I spent the 2014-2015 school year studying abroad in South Korea, with NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth). There were 15 kids in my year, and six of us were the “Incheon Girls.” With the exception of […]

April Fool’s Day (만우절) in Korea

I remember reading about how intense of jokes Koreans pulled on April Fool’s Day, but I got to experience it myself today! While I witnessed none of the too-extreme kind (the kind where students pretend that they committed suicide for example…) I definitely did more here in Korea than I would have done in America. […]

NSLI-Y Korean Year 2014-2015 Christmas Party

To get the mushy emotional stuff over with, on Christmas Eve, 2014, we gathered in a hostel to celebrate the Christmas spirit together. Originally, our program had planned a simple Christmas dinner, but a few of us felt that if we could all hang out, watch Christmas movies, eat cookies, and have a sleepover, our […]

Korean High School Festivals

This past Friday, which was Halloween, my school held a 축제 (festival)! Usually what this means for girl schools is BOY SCHOOLS VISITING! And so, when I arrived at school that day, everyone in my class either had makeup on, or was in the process of putting it on. They even took down the full […]