he Story of an uneasy peace in South Korea
This year, a group of us volunteers in South Korea have been working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and we are very excited to get to see this peaceful country, where people have overwhelming love of their country and have deep respect for their land. Their foundation for peace is reflected in their everyday relations with one another. สล็อตเว็บตรงไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ South Korea
Early this year, ouratriots in Korea got an unexpected – and welcome – invitation to participate in a one-week volunteer program in Jeju Island, South Korea. The program started on December 8 and lasted until January 2. We were asked to participate, not because of our skills as emergency medicine doctors in Korea, but because the type of surgery we would be performing would historically have been reserved for foreigners.
We were told that we would be working in a hospital, but we were not told which hospital. A fellow volunteer from Canada was also asked to join us, and the team decided to travel to Seoul since all the people come from all over Northeast Korea. When we arrived in the airport, a South Korean working there recognized us and immediately brought us to a hospital in a big city. The doctors and nurses were all wearing uniforms but with the Korean b across their shoulders. That is the normal attire worn by health care professionals in Korea.
Korea has different kinds of hospitals. Anesthetists, holistic specialists, nephrologists, psychiatrist, and plastic surgeons are in Seoul. We were surprised since most of them appeared to be native Korean with the majority speaking good English. Our education completed at Kasetsa High School, and coming from us were our parents who had never left Canada, and two sets of grandparents who had never been to our country. All of us were overwhelmed to learn that we were going to live and work in a foreign country, reply “Wow”, as if it were the heaviest thing that had ever happened to us. South Korea
The accommodations wereories expensiveUS dollarswhich we were told at the time were equivalent to 10,000 wons, (approx 1,250 $USD) We were really pleased to learn that the hospital paid for the meals. We were not brought up to eat out and eat only in restaurants, however, health is more important than getting the food we want. We were told to take into account the 3 meals a day that we were being charged for. Since we did not drink alcohol at home, the heavy drink limit was something we had to clock. Another thing we were told to take into account was the fact that we would be sleeping in out beds instead of in our rooms. Since most of the rooms were super dirty, and none of us had rooms, this would be a major upkeep and cleaning which we were not ready for. South Korea
All the international meetings had been canceled, and the organizing committee had gone home. Without access to an Internet connection, we relied on our Korean friends who had returned from Korea to send articles and information to us. It was a incredible thing to be able to talk to people from all over the world, and learn of their plans which were to be our only source of information on the tricky parts that lay ahead. Now that we are back in Canada, we find ourselves still trying to figure out exactly what to do and who to contact.
We got a job lined up to teach English in the middle of nowhere. We were supposed to be going to Vietnam, but since the last plane out of Bangkok was delayed, we landed in Lano Son, a beach resort area on the edge of the lake. After spending the entire day there, not a single sign of Vietnam planes anywhere in sight, it was time to ponder our next step. We talked to a Canadian couple who had already been to Vietnam, and learned that it is quite affordable. Canadian specials included a round trip ticket, a return ticket, and a Business Class flight only. The flight took us live into the Highlands of Scotland and was only $40 dollars. We had a return ticket from Lano Son, which was still under an hour from anywhere, and another from Hong Kong in the little planes. South Korea South Korea
On our return, we had to settle on our next step. Since we didn’t know anything about the Highlands, we were directed to a map only weeks earlier, and from there, we tried to find an inn. We were able to contact an organization called Highland Inn and they had a room for us. It met our budget and the staff was pleasant. Unfortunately, we hadn’t time to go the other way and explorewhat the Highlands had to offer.
When we got ready for our flight back to Bangkok, we found ourselves sitting in theuda doing a lot of reading and emailing each other. Travel over the next few days was a blur, and our only horizon we saw was the corner of our eyes. South Korea South Korea