Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7279

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Binding Source of Koreans and Filipinos
Category: 1. Leadership Traits

School: Saint Louis Laboratory High School
    Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

3 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 15, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Florida Martin, Vincent Tabor,Khacee, Deeve, Ju Hyun

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Khacee (15) , Deeve and Ju Hyun (14) worked together as a group. Khacee and Deeve are Filipinos but, Ju Hyun is a Korean whose alias is Juna. We formed as a team on this category because of our curiosity about the foreigners here in the Philippines specifically Koreans and we would like to know about these organizations in here. Juna will do translating English to Korean or vice versa because we will be talking to Koreans, Deeve will take down the important words or phrases translated English words about how they lead and their success, and lastly, Khacee will be taking down notes.

2. Summary of Our Project

Baguio city, Philippines in the 1900’s had been occupied by mostly Cordilleran’s, but now, a number of Koreans live in the city because of several reasons. First, for educational purposes, since Baguio is known as the Northern Educational Capital of the Philippines, Koreans are attracted to live in the city. Second, Baguio, being called the city of pines, has cool climate that is loved by Koreans. Other reasons why Koreans come to Baguio is because of the hospitality of the Cordilleran’s who accept them even if there are different barriers like culture and language. Lastly, some Koreans come here for the resurrection of our souls; most of them are missionaries who travel around the world to teach people about Christianity. Is it easy to live in a place where the culture is different? Based on this question, our website was created and concentrated on the importance of having a good leader in order to survive in a different environment with different culture. Particularly, we would like to know how Koreans manage to survive in a place with a culture different from theirs. Specifically, our site focused on the leadership of a Korean Pastor, Mr. Sung Soo, who had been in the Philippines for 21 years. His humble beginnings, difficulties and success in leading Koreans in Baguio will be featured in our website. His leadership is summed up in one quotation that states “With great power comes great responsibility”. Through our website, we hope to inform our viewers that we can do, everything is possible if we believe and unite. Mr. Sung Soo, dreamt 21 years ago to build a community of Koreans in a place outside their country and today, Koreans and Filipinos, despite having different cultures, languages and beliefs are having good relationship with one another in a place they call their home…Baguio City, Philippines

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Meeting with each other, like when and where because it’s not every day one of our team members is free. Our solution to this was to conduct our research on weekdays because we have the same schedule of going to school.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, and his name fulfilled…”

6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

A. WHAT NEW SKILLS DID YOU GAIN? -the skills in preparation of becoming a journalist B. HAS USING THE INTERNET FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING BEEN MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL METHODS? -Yes, the internet had been so effective because we also need examples for some questions in the narrative that are too complicated to understand, we had to look for samples for us to understand better

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Doors to Diplomacy project?

Some tools used were the student’s personal computer or laptops, and internet connections, including the internet café used by one of our members, the student’s personal cell phones, for additional communication purposes, their digital cameras and the articles found in the internet. The tools were very helpful in the process of gathering the data, and of the production of the website. Most tools were freely available at the respectable homes of each student, while the others were freely accessed by the public so the researchers were able to access it as well. The most valuable tools however, were the computers and the internet connections. This is because without these essential tools, the researchers would not have been able to craft the websites. Because of the presence of these, they were able fo accomplish their tasks and commitments.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Doors to Diplomacy project both on-line and in person.

Likewise, we acted as spokesperson through conducting a simple interview and by giving them a survey, guiding them through the questions that are not clear, to elaborate further the meaning of what really makes a leader. As ambassadors, we really need to take this seriously, for us to satisfy our concerns and curiosity about them.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our involvement in this project has strengthened the “relationship” between Filipinos and Koreans. Each gained good reputations and got to know each other better.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Our helpers were the pastor himself and the dear parents of a one of our Korean comrade, the pastor recommended us to interview also the other missionaries who were available, it is also a big thanks to the pastor because our target was not just one person but also other Korean people we see. Whether they like it or not, we still need answers. We do not have long distance helpers, there might be, but we will just contact them through e-mail or by social networking

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Some discoveries, lessons and surprises that have been learned in the project were the importance of time management, prioritizing, teamwork, cooperation, overall trust, and lastly friendship


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