Occasionally, as a Chungdahm April teacher, I get to chaperone on field trips! Recently, I went on my third field trip to a place called KidZania. This is my favorite field trip location. There is nothing for me to do because, as the name shows, it is only for kids. Thus, I just simply love the place's concept and love to see how much fun the kids have on these field trips.
KidZania is a cityscape theme park where students can role play various jobs. The jobs they can role play vary in types. There are the traditional judge, attorney, dentist, police officer, and paramedic jobs. There is also varying specific jobs that have been sponsored, such as KoreanAir, Lotteria, BaskinRobins, Cider, and MBC TV Broadcasting.
At each location, kids get to wear uniforms, learn about the job, and do activities. At the end, they earn Kidzos. Kidzos are the KidZania currency. Kids gain money from working. Some locations will require payment, such as BaskinRobins and Dunkin’ Donuts. When kids need to pay it is because they will make a food item that they get to keep. Kids can open up a bank account at the Woori Bank to keep their money. They can use their money to buy things at the department store. I find the whole concept of this theme park adorable!
Whenever I go with my students, I tend to chaperone a group of about 5 students. During the summer trip, we all wore matching shirts, too. I get to the theme park by taking a shuttle bus from the school to the theme park with my students. Upon arriving we divide up in groups and I distribute their Kidzon money to them. Also, I help them put their KidZania wristbands on. Upon entering the KidZania, we make a quick restroom stop. Then, we proceed to run a muck! Not really. But we make a game plan and attempt to experience as much as possible.
My students and get to really bond. We take silly pictures. We eat delicious amusement park snacks together. The caramel popcorn is a definite favorite. Also, we get to have lunch in the kids’ cafeteria. We get served food on little lunch plates. The tables and the seats are so little. So cute for them. Slightly uncomfortable for me, but I am just a relatively tall person to begin with. Still, the experience is still smiles and laughs all around.
It’s nice to take the shuttle bus back to the school at the end of the trip. Everyone is tired. We all just take naps on the ride back.
My campus’ next KidZania field trip will be in the summer. It’s a long way away, but when it comes up, I know it will certainly make for more good memories. Field trips are good memories for teachers.
Giselle Moreno is from California, USA where she attended the University of California, Riverside. While a student, she always worked with international students and she decided to teach English abroad upon graduating during her third year of university. It was through the experiences of being an English tutor for international students that she felt really fulfilled. She found it particularly easy to get along with Korean students which is why she decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. She even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester as a study abroad student and fell in love with the city. She is currently working at ChungDahm Learning’s April Daechi branch located in Gangnam, Seoul.