Through internships, Unity College students have gotten the opportunity to explore the world, and when Lyndsay Sharrock was weighing her options, she knew she wanted an internship that combined her passion for organic farming and exploring new cultures.
A senior Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Writing major, Sharrock found the perfect opportunity through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), where she traveled through South Korea working on three farms. Throughout the summer, Sharrock helped cultivate raspberries, herbs, and rice, and also worked with children. She had the opportunity to visit South Korea’s capital, Seoul, twice while she was there, the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and a handful of Buddhist temples.
But, arguably her favorite part of the internship was meeting new friends. “I met new people every single week,” Sharrock explained. “I took advantage of every opportunity to learn about Korean culture from the people around me; I attended a K-pop festival, learned how to make rice cakes, and visited historical sites.”
Sharrock encourages everyone to visit South Korea, noting that the people are some of the kindest she’s ever met. Before you go, however, make sure you know a little bit of the language beforehand.
“It makes all the difference,” said Sharrock, who studied Korean for a year and a half leading up to her internship.