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351. Communicate with the World through the Global Challenger Program

뉴스관리자 기자2013.10.01 10:45:02

Communicate with the World through the Global Challenger Program

 

By Hong, Sung-jin, Reporter

hong0130@knu.ac.kr

 

Here are some university students who spent a fruitful and special summer during last summer vacation. It is the Learning Man team who visited the United States of America through the Global Challenger program. They investigated and studied Talent Donation in each area of the USA which is a topic that they have been interested in. If you are curious about their stories full of fine teamwork and passion for learning, pay your attention to this article from now.

 

1. Global Challenger Program

Q. Tell us about benefits of the Global Challenger program

A. Firstly, it is a very unique experience to go abroad with your friends. In other words, the Global Challenger program offers you a chance to study what you have been interested in with your friends. Also, you can decide the date when you leave and the period of the trip as you like. This flexibility is the difference between the Global Challenger program and the exchange student program. Lastly, you will gain in growth while planning for the trip and dealing with small and big incidents.

 

Q. What was the most difficult moment during the trip?

A. In our case, we had a problem with lodging. We booked accommodation on the outskirts of Philadelphia, but it was in a region with poor public order and security. Some people uttered profanities and some were lying on the street with eyes out of focus. Thus, we could not help but find another hotel facility despite losing the advance deposit.

 

Q. What would you say to students who are preparing for the Global Challenger program?

A. We strongly recommend you to include a member who can use technical terms in English. Although members can freely have a general conversation in English, it can be insufficient to interview with experts to study the subject of the visit. Furthermore, because we have to plan the trip from beginning to end, students are required to be able to cope with potential eruptive activity. Therefore, if you don’t have enough experience or knowledge for traveling, you can be in serious trouble.

 

2. Talent Donation     

Q. What is the reason you chose the topic, ‘Talent Donation’, for the trip?

A. All members of the Learning Man team are operators of the Midam Scholarship Committee in KNU. This is a nonprofit organization that provides educational services. We wanted to expand the business by learning and adapting the way in which various scholarship associations in the USA manage their organizations.

 

Q. What was the most impressive example of American Talent Donation?

A. The concept of American Talent Donation is very different from the Korean one. In Korea, people usually think the donation of talent as the work of celebrities. However, in the USA, an old man is considered as donating his talent when he shepherds children around a museum, telling them old stories without pay. In other words, Americans regard it as a part of their everyday life.

 

Q. Would you tell students about the Talent Donation?

A. We want to emphasize that it is not a hard thing to do. Students tend to consider it as work of only successful or popular people, so they think they have no ability to do that. This is not true. As we mentioned above, small social activities can be Talent Donation. Take it easy and do not think that your skills are trivial.

 

3. Team Work

Kim, Sung-hwan (Dept. of Business Administration, Junior, Team Leader)

Q. What do you think are the requirements of leaders?

A. To begin with, leaders should listen to followers. In my case, I had an embarrassing moment that was caused by indifference to each member of the team. If leaders listen to the voices of followers carefully, they can be considerate to the other members. Additionally, team leaders must be determinative. This is because they have to lead many people. They should be able to arrive at a decision as well as adopt diverse opinions.

 

Kim, Yoon-sun (Dept. of Library and Information Science, Senior), Jeon, So-mi (Dept. of Social Welfare, Senior)

Q. What attitude of leaders do you think most motivates followers?

A. When the leader shows responsibility for the team, followers are absolutely motivated. One day, the other members except the leader, Sung-hwan, were just enjoying the trip. Nevertheless, he was concerned that our budget was running out and poured out all his troubles about the budget to us. We felt something deep in our hearts, and we started to save money together. Letting followers see the responsible aspect of leaders will immensely motivate the group to be united.

 

 The team Learning Man gained a variety of lessons from the Global Challenger program: knowledge of Talent Donation, understanding of teamwork, and a widened world-view. We hope their meaningful messages will be well used by students who need them. Did you enjoy their story? If so, it is your turn to experience it in person and convey useful information to others. KNU supports your challenge.

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