Kathy's ICS Internship
Organized by: Katheryn Hernández
I am currently a senior, Intercultural Studies (ICS) major at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul. My major is designed to prepare and stretch students to learn and understand more about different cultural, ethnic and religious groups and equip to reach the nations and make disciples. One of the distinguishing requirements of the Intercultural Studies degree is participating on the ICS Internship. The goal of the internship is to give us real exposure to global missions. It helps us practice what we have been taught in the classroom. Usually, students go on an 8-week overseas experience led by a Northwestern professor and includes visiting several countries. Unfortunately, I was unable to afford this internship.
Thankfully, I was able to find an alternative program through Veritas Christian Study Abroad. The program is a semester long and has a missions focus. I will be taking a Global Missions Perspective course, which covers the biblical and the historical basics of God’s global purposes, missions strategies, cultural issues and contemporary missiological issues; Korean language and culture classes; and an International Missions/Service Learning Practicum (Campus Outreach, Refugee Ministry, Social Justice Ministry, Children's Ministry, English Clubs, Homeless Ministry, Orphanage Ministry, Elder Care, Prayer & Intercession, Special Needs, Worship & Bible Studies, and Sports Camps are among the many placements and needs in South Korea).
Many people have asked me why I have chosen South Korea. I wish I could show those people my heart for the youth there. South Korea is currently #1 in suicide rates. While many other countries' suicide rates have dropped, South Korea's has increased by 100% since the 90s. After I finish school, I want to return to South Korea and teach. I hope to make the classroom my missions field. I hope to show these kids that Jesus and I love them regardless of their accomplishments. I don't just want visit South Korea; I want to do life with the locals, learn the language, and love them. I don't want to write too much, but I know that the Lord wants me there because of how intricately he has woven the Korean language, people, and culture into my life.
In order to do this, I need your help. My financial aid covers the cost of the program, but does not cover my personal expenses. The following is a breakdown of the estimated costs that I will need covered (can also be found on Veritas website):
- Books & Supplies: $150 for semester
- Airfare: $1300 -Student Visa: $50-300
- Entrance Fee or Departure Fee: $10-150
- Immunizations: Varies
- Additional Travel: Varies
- Meals: $90/week x 17 weeks
- Miscellaneous (program anticipates that students may expect to spend additional funds for incidentals such as toiletries, snacks bought outside the home, taxi and bus fares and other miscellaneous items): $100/week x 17 weeks
After adding all of this up, the estimated total cost would be about $5,000. However, I plan on working this summer and have deducted my estimated summer earning from my goal.
Whether you want to donate a random amount, or choose to cover a specific expense is up to you. Please know that any amount will help, whether big or small. The Lord loves a cheerful giver and so do I! :) Above all, please pray for me throughout this summer of preparation and while I am in Korea. Pray that the Lord does his will, and helps me see where He is already working so I can join him there.