The Mongolia Volunteer Team of Global Service Corps (GSC) was awarded the Mongolia Presidential Medal for desertification prevention and medical volunteer services.
The Mongolia Volunteer Team of the Kyung Hee University Global Service Corps (GSC) was awarded the Mongolia Presidential Medal for its contributions to desertification prevention and medical volunteer services. This is the first time this honor has been presented to a university in Korea. At the “Harmony Festival” on July 28 which brought together the GSC Mongolia Volunteer Team and the residents of Ulaanbaatar, GSC Director Hahnkyu Park, Dean Jong-Hae Park of the College of Fine Arts, Jingon Lee, the Leader of the Mongolia Volunteer Team, and Professor Woo-suk Choi of the College of Medicine received the Mongolia Presidential Medal from President Elbegdorj Tsakhia. This medal was the 551st to have been awarded in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Mongolian Revolution of 1921.
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The Mongolia Volunteer Team was comprised of students, faculty, staff, and 60 members of the Kyung Hee Medical Center and participated in various anti-desertification projects and medical volunteer services in the Mandalgovi region of Mongolia from July 17 to 30. The team was separated into three subgroups: the Anti-Desertification Team, the Anti-Desertification Mural Team, and the Medical Team. The Anti-Desertification Team was comprised of 30 students who made site visits to the Gobi Desert and conducted educational and cultural programs. The Anti-Desertification Mural Team of nine students and professors from the College of Fine Arts created a mural on the walls of the Mongolian University of Culture and Art in cooperation with the university’s students. The 18 volunteers of the Medical Team from the Kyung Hee Medical Center utilized medical supplies from Korea to treat over 1,200 patients at six departments within the Chingeltei District Hospital: Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Radiology, Clinical Pathology, Dentistry, and Oriental Medicine. Preceding its volunteer trip, the Mongolia Volunteer Team also dispatched an educational and cultural volunteering team to Mongolia on July 6 to conduct various early childhood education programs, hands-on programs, and cultural exchange programs.