To lend a helping hand to rural farmers during their busy season, students from UNIST and POSTECH spent their weekends at a local community farm, located in Seosang-myeon, Yangam village, Ulju-County.
Organized by both the UNIST and POSTECH student councils, approximately 56 student volunteers spent three days at Yangam village from July 21 to 23, 2017. 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.
The primary purpose of this annual 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.
“The work is demanding and challenging, but also extremely rewarding,” says Hyun Ah Cho of Divisions of General Studies states. “We have been privileged to have had the opportunity to make a meaningful community services for the local farmers and are extremely proud of all that we have contributed together.”