17 underprivileged kids from Brunei fly for first time on sponsored Korea trip

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - 17 local kids from underprivileged families in the Brunei-Muara District left the country to visit South Korea.

Their first time on an aircraft, the children are on a sponsored field trip to Korea, a courtesy extended by Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd who organised the trip with the support of the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), Sinar Holdings, Dongwon Food and Beverages (Korea), At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd and Aewon Company.

The 11 to 16-year-olds are currently undergoing a special programme tailored to enhance their skills and talents to help them become successful in the future.

In an interview, participants Nur Amalia Mahirah binti Mohd Ridwan, Nur Azira binti Hazman and Noja Ain Maizurah binti Jaini expressed their excitement to be on a plane for the first time.

“This is my first time on a plane and I feel a bit nervous yet excited,” said Nur Amalia, a secondary school student.

Nur Azira added, “I can’t wait to go to Korea. We always see Korea in dramas. Now, I can really experience Korea for myself.

 “While in Korea, we can learn about the people’s culture and the new things there.”
Noja Ain Maizurah also said that she is excited to learn the techniques of making kimchi during their trip to Dongwon Food and Beverages company.

The children will be visiting various places of interest in Korea, including the Namsan Traditional Village.

They will also watch a taekwondo show, see the Seoul Tower, and visit the Independence Hall of Korea and MBC World Broadcasting Theme Park.

Furthermore, the kids will be exposed to using public transport facilities in Seoul, the biggest city in Korea.

It is expected that the the field trip participants will become more motivated, open-minded and well-versed in current affairs.

They will also be able to understand the importance of hard work to become successful in life.

James Park, the President of Sinar Tour Sdn Bhd, commented, “This is a very good project for the children.

“I hope that we can continue this initiative to help realise children’s dream of flying to Korea.

“This trip can expose them to the outside culture and encourage them to work hard for the future.”

Sending off the kids at the Brunei International Airport were Cho Won-myung, the Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, family members, friends and sponsors.