The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) extends only a few invitations to foreign organizations. No more than 100 westerners are currently in Pyongyang, their capital city. Yet, for the last ten years, ELIC has engaged in teacher training and English language instruction in middle schools and universities.
Each year, our team has grown—from four teachers a decade ago, to teams of more than twenty ELIC teachers, working with up to four hundred Korean teachers and thousands of students in recent months. Amazing!
“Thank you for being here. Please keep ELIC teachers coming back.” That’s what a student from Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the capital city of the DPRK told his teacher recently. Students have little exposure to English speakers, so they were surprised by their own affection and respect for ELIC teachers. “We now know that you love us and that you’re here for us,” said one Korean teacher.
Celebrate the small victories we are having in North Korea and investigate if your place is with these pioneer teachers making an impact in a mysterious place.