A TALENTED Greenfield student has headed off to South Korea to help teach English.
Mark Barrow, 20, a former Saddleworth School and Oldham Sixth Form College student, is currently at Bangor University studying History with Journalism.
He has travelled to Seoul as part of a University Summer Programme, based at Dankook University, and will be there from 18 June to 3 August.
Mark will be teaching conversational English to Korean Students for three weeks, before embarking on an academic programme that will see him study Korean history.
He will also have the chance to take part in a range of traditional Korean activities, including Taekwondo, Ceramic Arts and Korean Music.
Out of around 25 students from Bangor University who applied for the programme, Mark is one of 10 successful applicants, and will share a room with a fellow Bangor student at Dankook University.
Before setting off on his trip, Mark said: ‘’It’s a fantastic opportunity and one that I would be stupid to miss out on.
‘’I have always wanted to travel to somewhere a bit unusual, and so this programme really matched that – when else would you have to the chance to visit Korea?
‘’From a money point of view, it should be relatively cheap – the accommodation is free and money I’ve paid for the flights gets reimbursed at the end of the programme. I just can’t wait to get going now.’’
The programme comes as Mark is also celebrating winning Bangor University’s Ede and Ravenscroft Innovation Award.
The prestigious £1,000 award is handed to one student who has been innovative in aiding and supporting staff and students within their department.
Mark was awarded the prize at a glittering celebration in April for his work in setting up a newsletter in the School of History and Archaeology, and for organising a student-led History trip to Berlin and Krakow during the Easter holidays.