Throughout the year I’ve been living and teaching in Korea, I’ve found that there are many festivals throughout the year all over Korea. And, Pohang is no exception. This past weekend, Pohang held it’s 6th Annual International Festival and it was a lot of fun!
More and more, Pohang is making room for the foreigner community and with festivals like the one this past weekend, it’s clear that it’s a step in the right direction. Pohang International Community Church, for example provides a place and time for Christian worship and bible study. On any given Sunday, you will find members who are from both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. This in itself is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with the cultures and practices unknown to me as well as to other members. Within the PICC family, I’ve met persons from South Africa, Uzbekistan, Iran, Ecuador, Nigeria, China, and several other countries. So, for the international festival, it was in fact a bigger venue to meet and share foods and customs from countries near and far.
This international festival provided a venue and a pretty decent setup for Pohang residents to participate and showcase pretty much whatever they wanted. There were about twenty tents in all and well, while several tents provided foods that represented their cultures, there were many other tents that provided opportunities to play common American sporting activities like baseball. Also, a non-profit organization, House of Hope was also there to provide awareness and gather support for their cause. For more on House of Hope, go here and to like their facebook page, go here.
I was happy to help organize PICC’s part in Pohang’s International Festival. We represented our individual countries by providing foods that are both delicious and common to our native land. Represented within PICC, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, China, Mexico, North America, Iran, South Africa and Uzbekistan. Needless to say, our foods sold out and it was a proud moment for me when comments regarding Trinidadian Peanut Punch included, “it’s delicious” and “this is really good”. It also didn’t hurt when people came back for seconds. :-)
It was a great day for fellowship, laughter and fundraising. Start your application today to see what festivals you will enjoy the most living and teaching in Korea.
Nailah Rivers was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the United States with her family at the age of seven. She graduated Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in psychology. Her sophomore year in college, she knew for sure that she would pursue a teaching career with a focus on elementary school. After a risky move to Miami, Florida in 2011, Nailah decided to take a chance and apply to teach English in South Korea with Chungdahm Learning. She is currently teaching in Pohang, South Korea and is having a good time teaching and learning. Follow her blog to get the inside scoop on teaching abroad.Follow Nailah on Pintrest!