Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These days, everyone knows the meaning and importance of these words. However, there are still many people who don't recycle or who have no understanding of how recycling programs work in their cities. This group includes many of our students, so our volunteer day this month involved going to the Gangnam-gu Recycling Center.
Located just outside the city, it took us about 20 or minutes or so to get to the center. Once there, the students sat in a lecture space where a center employee talked about how recycling works in Korea. We watched a short video as well before the students donned vests and gloves to help sort some of the recyclables.
We went to 3 different areas, including one for Styrofoam, all located underground. At each location, our guide explained to the students how to sort and recycle the material. Then, the students did some sorting before moving on to the next location. Most of the sorting occurred at the Styrofoam area.
All in all, the visit took around an hour, which honestly didn't seem like enough time for volunteering. The center also didn't make an effort to involve the teachers. I wish there'd been a bit more to do at the center.
As a secondary English and foreign language educator, Katherine has spent the past 7 years teaching in South Korea. She is an enthusiastic educator who believes in the potential of every student, and strives to make an interactive, engaging learning environment to promote inquiry and learning.
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