Q : What was your theme and what is the procedure to get admittance to the Theme Travel?
A : We researched on life architecture. To get the school approval, we had to get an official letter from the places we wanted to visit. We mailed for official letters to Dutch libraries, factories, churches and others to visit.
A : Our team studied about recreation centers and the practical uses around the dam. To get the school’s approval in advance, we sent out mails and made preliminary reports to places we planned to visit. We contacted with two places including the U. S. Army Corp. It is similar to the Korea Water Resources Development Corporation.
Q : Did you have any dissatisfaction with the GLP?
A : We started the preparation in February. However, the official documents came out quite late; we had many difficulties in planning our schedules. The school also introduced only one general tourist agency that didn’t secure enough flight tickets.
A specialized hiking agency has many plane tickets, but not the general tourist agency. So getting a ticket took so long; we had to buy expensive tickets.
They said it was for our own safety, but it wasn’t persuasive. Last year it was better because the school introduced two agencies and the official documents came out quickly.
A : I think it is a good idea to publish a handbook for applicants to read. The process of making teams had some problems also. We have to make teams individually and report the team to the school. During the process, so many teams broke out.
I think the school should select students with firm determination to join in the program and let them make a team by themselves.
Though students were good at English, TOEIC grade came out late, so some students couldn’t get the chance for the program. This happens every year.
Q : What is your opinion about the GLP?
A : First of all, I am much advantaged to have participated in such a wonderful program. I learned a lot and gained a lot. However, as I said before, if the school considered more on the official papers and in the selection of travel agencies, the trip would be much more fun.
I think the students of UOS should have better mind also. If they prepare it thoroughly, they can participate in this wonderful program. As the school sponsors its students, the students should prepare for it perfectly.
A : Many friends of mine didn’t believe the fact that the competition rates of the GLP were not high. Sometimes the number limit was barely reached. The UOSians need to be more aggressive.