Local farmers of Jukjang-myeon in Pohang and the surrounding areas found that they could count on a little extra help last week, thanks to the students of UNIST and POSTECH.
Organized by both the UNIST and POSTECH student councils, approximately 47 student volunteers spent three days at Eco-Village in Pohang city from July 20 to 22, 2018. Volunteers were involved in all aspects of day to day farming, including fruit thinning, and harvesting. They also spent some time picking up trash, pulling weeds, and removing invasive species to help their local farms. In the process, these student volunteers also spent some time making connections and building social networking with rural farmers.
Launched in 2013, the primary purpose of this annual UNIST-POSTECH Rural Community Outreach Project is to provide meaningful learning opportunities, as well as to help students appreciate the value of charitable giving that is voluntary, rather than obligatory.
“This project provides us with a great opportunity to interact with each other, while contributing to local community,” says Mi Young Chung in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNIST. “We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to make another meaningful community services for the local farmers in Pohang, following last year’s outreach project in Ulsan.”
“Especially with the recent heat waves, volunteering at the farm felt much harder than anticiapated but after all, it was rewarding,” says Jong Min Lee in the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST.