Emily, Jeff, Tabitha and I trucked on down the country to Changwon city and neighboring Junam reservoir for the second English environment education camp for middle school students. 27 students, 8 Korean and 8 foreign volunteers got together to put on this camp, organized by our group - Birds Korea, the Ministry of Environment and the UNDP, whose officer in charge of the camp was Ms. Hong Su-yeon.
Junam, both in the rice fields and at the man-made reservoir itself.
Upo was the 33 degrees heat, high humidity and glaring sun. That combined with the general lack of birds (summer is the least productive birding season in Korea) made for some challenging outings.
For us, too, it was a rewarding experience, not only in that we were able to see students outside of the classroom, but to teach them about something that matters to us all - the protection and conservation of the environment around us. As Emily and I are leaving, it's out last in Korea, but who knows what opportunities for this kind of thing await for us back home?
Only two more weeks to go - split by a weekend of camping with Cody and Karen, then we're off to Mongolia to start this trip we've been seemingly planning for years! Hope you're all well:)