On September 21, 2014, students on the NSLI-Y Korea program participated in a community service event to commemorate the UN International Day of Peace. Students participated in the event by writing letters to children in areas of conflict.
“On September 21, 2014, UN World Peace Day was observed across the globe. I can honestly say that before this experience, I did not know there was such a day; however, there is a definite need for the UN World Peace Day, and I was ecstatic to be a part of it. Not only was I able to volunteer, but I also had the opportunity to speak and participate with other volunteers. This opportunity provided me with a gratifying experience that will remain with me as I continue to strive towards my dream of becoming part of the American Foreign Service.
Participating in the UN World Peace Day within South Korea had particular meaning to me and to many others. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is South Korean and the thought that I could participate in his native country made the day mean even more. I have heard stories of his generosity and kindness, and I hope that I can portray the same qualities and message of world peace. Also, participating in the UN World Peace Day in a country that has an ongoing armistice sparked many thoughts of the importance and tremendous value of this day.”
-Serena, NSLI-Y Korea, Academic Year 2014-2015