Mason Korea has partnered with Michuhol-Gu Family Center in Incheon since April to serve multicultural families in our local community. Ten Mason Korea students are serving as tutors of various subjects, including English and math, for multicultural children. Organized by the Office of Community Relations, the program will continue until November.
Having launched the mentoring program in 2019, this is the third time Michuhol-Gu Family Center is running this program. Currently, a total of 23 mentors are teaching 30 mentees ranging from elementary to high school students. In addition to Mason Korea students, students from Incheon National University and Inha University are also serving as mentors.
Mentors typically meet weekly with their mentees over Zoom. Having participated in an orientation held by the Center, mentors are aware of the rules and expectations, such as submitting a monthly report on their mentoring activities.
“I was surprised by Mason Korea students,” said Seolhee Cho, a program coordinator at the Center, adding, “they are very proactive and adept at setting direction and objectives.”
“I’ve been teaching English to a second grader every week and I use games to make the online lessons more fun,” said Jeongsik Oh, a junior business major, adding, “I feel like I have been growing as a person even as I have been teaching, which is why I would participate in this program again.”
“I teach English and math to a middle schooler usually once a week, but I taught more often during my mentee’s vacation per their request,” said Hwiryeong Cho, a sophomore economics major, adding, “It has been a rewarding experience to be able to contribute to the local community in a small way, and I would strongly recommend this program to other students who are interested in community engagement and giving back.”
September 29, 2021