And although I have left Glee for good,
I remembered you all, and I smiled.
I recently went to Lima, Peru and did some mission/volunteer work in the poor areas. I went to a primary school, where the walls were all blue, there were kids flocking the staircases and balconies, excited to see the foreigners come with presents and fun filled things to do instead of school work. The school probably had 200 kids in it, ranging from Kindy to Grade 6.
The first thing we had to do at the school was to re-enact a parable from the Bible, then play with them. I was taken upstairs to Grade 4, where there was a class filled with kids with bright eyes and adorable smiles on their faces. They were all sitting on their little chairs, looking tidy with their uniform and smiling with all (or most) of the white gleaming teeth. It was adorable. After acting out a parable, I had the opportunity to talk to some of the kids and the teacher.
(credits to my friend who can’t take photos)
The teacher stared at me (because I was the only asian in the group) and told me, in broken english, “Yoona. Girls Generation. Come here to work.” I stared at him. Yoona? As in SNSD Yoona? Why would she come here? So I asked him again, ‘are you sure? Yoona from Girls Generation. The pretty korean girl.” And he said yes. He had a big smile on his face as he talked about Yoona and what she did at the school during her time over here. So, I found out that Yoona from Girls Generation had travelled halfway across the world, to an area filled with poor people, to help out and play with kids that are less fortunate than her, despite her high status in the real world. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. The teacher told me as well, “Many many koreans come here and help us, they are wonderful people. I love Koreans.”
I was and am still in shock. I went back to my hotel that night and tried searching up news articles about Yoona and her volunteer work in Peru, yet there was none. So (from what I know) I think Yoona went to do volunteer work for herself and for others, not for the public to know.
Yeah I just wanted to share it with ya’ll.