2015-03-29 Visiting Kyla’s TNKR tutoring session

1 (1)After another busy week of sucking the marrow out of life, this morning I slowed down to attend one of the Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) study sessions. These are always delightful, but this one was extra special because Kyla Hoggard has been tutoring one of the refugees weekly for five months.

Some of the matches fall apart shortly the first week because someone realizes they have forgotten something in his or her schedule. Others have big changes in their lives Some teachers just don’t have enough interesting material to teach one person for months or they get bored with one another. So 5 months of weekly tutoring is quite an accomplishment.

Kyla (left) introducing herself at TNKR English Matching session in October 2014. TNKR co-directors Casey Lartigue (center) and Lee Eunkoo (right).

Kyla makes the trip from Suwon to downtown Seoul by 11 a.m. every Sunday, so clearly she is committed to tutoring in TNKR.

It is also a learning experience for me to see how the classes are conducting, advice that I can give to other tutors and refugees in order to make TNKR stronger.

TNKR October 2014 English Matching session
TNKR October 2014 English Matching session

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Oh, and I have been directly connected by another refugee who wants to join TNKR.