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[Blog written by Zachary]

Hello again!

I had so much fun over Christmas Eve and Christmas time, and I wanted to share what I did with you.

I was invited to spend Christmas Eve with a family I met during a KNU Medical Mission, who were giving free medical services. So, since we are located in the same city, I decided to accept their invitation and make connections. We had a nice Christmas Eve dinner together, which included ham, mashed potatoes--some very familiar foods I haven't had in a long time! There were also some Korean foods such as rice cakes. Actually, the dad in the household is American, so It was interesting to see the crossing of culture among them. I was able to see how Korean apartments look like for the first time, and they are really much better than I expected, very nice architecture and well kept. They invited me to come and see what church is like in Korea after the dinner, so I tagged along for the church's Christmas Eve performances. I'd say it is pretty exactly like how church is in the United States. I am glad to experience many of the aspects of Korea, including this. I felt really welcome there as a guest and it was a pleasure to have some people to spend the day with, especially overseas around this season. They are a really nice family! 

In Korea, Christmas Day is more exclusively a couple's holiday than a family holiday. My friend and I both had no plans with other people for the day, so we decided to spend the day together in Seoul--I guess it was a Christmas date! We visited many landmark areas in Seoul. Luckily, I had her to help me get around, because going around Seoul can be quite confusing, especially by subway.



Greetings from South Korea!

Earlier in the semester, I had some amazing times in downtown Daegu that I would like to share! 

Firstly, I went to a South Korean baseball game! It was a match involving the Samsung Lions vs. another team from Dongsan. The Samsung Lions are the team of Daegu, and "Samsung" comes from the famous company that originated here that I am sure most of you are familiar with. The game was very energetic, and as opposed to American baseball, there is cheer leading involved throughout the game, and ironically it seems to be more intense. It was interesting because each player on the Samsung Lions had their own sort of theme song that everyone chanted while they were preparing to bat the ball. While I am not a hardcore baseball fan, I found myself caught up in this atmosphere. I attached some photos and a video! I went with my friends so it was a fun time. 

Hello, it has been a while!

These days I am studying for midterms, so it has been quite busy academically. However, I found the time to visit Gyeongju! This particular trip was really amazing. I'm sure you will find the pictures interesting, and I would also like to tell you a little bit about it.

The places in Gyeongju I visited were Bulguksa Temple, the Royal Tombs, and Mt. Namsan. The temple is Buddhist and has absolutely beautiful architecture. I could really feel the history and past of the place. Some keepers were tending to the areas inside the temple, but no cameras were allowed. The hills you can see are the royal tombs, and they were built for ancient royalty when there were separate kingdoms in Korea. This particular area belonged to the Silla dynasty, which comprised of the south-eastern part of the region. Tombs were built and then workers would dig all that dirt on top to create the mounds. Really crazy! One of the tombs were open for tourism, which was excavated, and there were neat little artifacts in there such as a golden crown, an ancient map and such. Sadly, no cameras allowed in there either. Also, hiking about halfway up Mt. Namsan, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. I look forward to having more interesting travels! I had another trip to Mt. Sobaeksan two days after, and I will share the photos in a next email.


Best regards,

Here are some photos from my brief hiking trip at Mt. Sobaeksan. This place has Buddhist roots, as well. The day I went, it was a little foggy, and you can see it rolling over the mountains--really cool to see! On the way there, I saw the truly rural part of Korea, and it is so interesting to see the polarity between the modern cities and rural areas. It is a good reminder that Korea has only been truly rapidly modernizing for 50 years or so. 

Until next time!

Best regards,


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Game Drive

We will continue to accept donations for our annual game drive through Friday, February 12! 
During February school vacation week, we will be holding game nights for the families living at the hotels we serve in Brockton and Weymouth. Families are invited to play games with volunteers and bring a new game back to their room to continue the fun. Donated games can be dropped off at our office, 100 Laurel Street, Suite 121, East Bridgewater. Click here for a flyer with more details. If you are interested in volunteering for a February game night, contact Matt Fortino.

We have already received donations of over 250 games--and expect many more--for the children living in the shelters where we tutor. We are looking forward to seeing their happy faces when we deliver the new games from our generous donors during school vacation week!


Our fall tutoring session is about to end and we are looking for tutors for our next tutoring session, which runs from January 11 to May 19, 2016. We hope you will consider becoming a volunteer tutor. Our tutors are the heartbeat of School on Wheels!
Volunteers must go through our 3-hour training and commit to tutor once a week. Click here for more information about becoming a tutor. Click here if you would like to register for a tutor training session. If you have any questions about tutoring, please contact Stephanie St. Louis, 508-587-9091.

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