HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
JIMMY CARTER WORK PROJECT
TAEGU, SOUTH KOREA
Our assignment for the Jimmy Carter Work Project was near Taegu in the southeastern part of South Korea, about a five-hour drive southeast of Seoul. This was too far to drive on Saturday evening, so after being picked up in Seoul, we were driven a short distance south to Suwon for Saturday night. The picture shows the new university dormitory building at Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon where we stayed.
Dining hall at Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon where we ate Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. After breakfast on Sunday morning we left for Taegu.
Taegu Training Center where we stayed during the Jimmy Carter Work Project. Our room was on the fifth floor (arrow).
Registration in the lobby of the Taegu Training Center on Sunday afternoon.
Introduction to the Jimmy Carter Work Project in the auditorium of the Taegu Training Center on Sunday evening. The speaker is Dr. Synn Il Hi, Chairman of the Board of the Taegu-Kyongbuk Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Korea. He is also President of Keimyung University in Taegu.
Preparing to take a group photo in the auditorium on Sunday night. Some of the Korean participants lived in Taegu and are not in this photo. Altogether there were about 150 Koreans and 30 Americans and Canadians working at the Taegu site.
Daily activities began with rising and breakfast between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. Pictured is the dining hall in the Training Center where we usually ate breakfast and dinner. After breakfast we boarded buses and drove for one hour to the work site in Kyongsan between 6:00 and 7:00.
On arrival at the work site we began each day with devotions at about 7:30 a.m. Pictured are the devotions on Monday morning before the start of work. In the background are some of the buses used for our transportation.
Sue's assignment on the first day was putting in the insulation.
Gene worked outside nailing the composition board sheathing onto the outside of the studs. Here he is on the scaffolding at the second story level.
Picture of the dining hall where we ate lunch every day. It was about a 15-minute bus ride from the work site. Lunch was usually from about noon to 1:30 p.m. each day.
By the end of day 3, Gene was about the only one left to finish up the sheathing. The rest of the crew had moved on to either putting on the blue insulation boards or the siding. In this picture he is again at the second story level on the scaffolding, but now on the south side of the building.
By day 4 all the insulation and wall board had been completed on the inside of the building and Sue was working on taping and filling the nail and screw depressions in the wall board. She is working with Kim Ju Young. Work usually ended about 6:00 p.m. each day. The drive back to the Training Center lasted from 6:30 to 7:30. Dinner was between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. Then off to bed so that you would be ready to get up at 5:00 a.m. the next morning.
Photo of some of the Korean students who worked with Gene and Sue.
Gene and the three Korean students who worked with him most consistently during the week. Left to right are Jung Hye Gyung, Gene, Kim Hye Sin, and Kim Won Kyu.
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