Miss Porter's School Visit
By Dan Bradshaw, Teacher from Miss Porter's School
The group from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut arrived on January 13. Ten students from the 11th grade were accompanied by two teacher chaperones. The group had already spent three days sampling the culture, food and shopping of Seoul before taking the short flight to Jeju Island. The students were eager to meet their BHA buddies after having been in contact via Kakao and Instagram, and there was a lot of hugging and fast friendships. The Porter’s students joined their BHA buddies for classes, project work, and, of course, lots of food and karaoke. They toured the island over the weekend, visiting Sunrise Peak, the Manjanggul lava tube cave, the Jusangjeolli cliff face, and the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, and the Zen Hideaway for dinner.
The students loved their time in Korea and really enjoyed visiting BHA. They said that, in many ways, it felt like home, and they connected with the students here based on their shared experiences in a girl’s boarding school. The Porter’s students are leaving tomorrow afternoon and, though we are all looking forward to seeing familiar friends and family back in the States, they indicated that they will be leaving with sadness as well. Many of the students formed bonds which will continue into the future, and the Porter’s community looks forward to furthering our relationship with our new friends on Jeju-do.