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Rotary International Students Visits Seagulls Facility
Date Posted: 2009-02-20
 
 
 
About 30 Rotary International Youth Exchange Students from South Korea visited the Residents of Seagulls Flight Foundation Inc. in Tagaytay on a warm, sunny Friday, February 20, 2009. The visitors from South Korea came from their school break for a 10 days cultural exchange program of the Philippines. Their day trip to Tagaytay was to learn more about substance abuse treatment and prevention from the Staff and Residents of SFFI.



Upon arrival to the Facility, the Rotary Youth Exchange Members were greeted with a song “Welcome to the Family” and the Resident’s likewise prepared a short program for the Students. The Korean students later on rendered their impromptu dance number from a popular Pop Teen Star in Korea. A sumptuous Filipino buffet lunch was served and included “Kimchi” which some of the Residents also experienced for the first time. Everyone shared their stories and got acquainted with each other while enjoying a bountiful lunch.



Escorted by two elder Rotary Members (one a High School Teacher who was their English translator and the other, a full fledged Rotarian), the school youth were from ages 18 to 24 years old. Tae Kang Wook, an 18 year old from South Korea says this is his 4th visit to the Philippines and has enjoyed each other Asian countries and says he thinks Thai food is quite similar to Filipino food because of the meals cooked in coconut. Muvan, 22 years old enjoys the weather in Tagaytay and commented that it is much cooler and has cleaner air than in the city. They feel good to take a break from their harsh winter. They said that prior to their arrival in the Philippines, they experienced snow in South Korea.



The event was filled with fun, food, entertainment, and exchanges of stories. It was capped off with group photos that will be remembered for many years to come. All wished each other goodbyes. They took off for Baguio City for 3 days. Some Residents felt like they were talking to their children and advising them to stay away from drugs. Other residents felt convinced that by sharing their stories, they would not like to go back to their “dark days” when they were still taking drugs. Some saw themselves in these students and recall they should have never experimented with it. Just the same, all goes well and as the saying goes, everything is a learning process here inside Seagulls.



 

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