In September, Sunkyung Shin ’09 traveled from Korea, where she teaches literature and writing at JIWU Christian International School outside Seoul, to Uzbekistan as part of a volunteer trip with Friends, a service organization based in Korea.
“I’ve previously done a video project for them with photos and interviews,” Shin says, “but it was hard making one without seeing what the team actually did, so this time I’ve joined the team to document and see for myself what they do there.”
In Uzbekistan, Shin served in Nukus, the capital city of the autonomous Karakalpakstan Republic, a region which suffered a devastating drought in the early 2000s and endured longer-term economic consequences.
“They don’t have many benefits, especially medical services,” Shin says. “We had a dental team, plastic surgery team (for cleft lip and palate surgeries), and internal medicine, pediatrics, and Oriental medicine.”
As “a photographer (and video) missionary” through her church, Shin is “very much interested in reaching out and making known the unreached people.”
As a William Smith student, Shin majored in studio art, minored in computer science and European studies and studied abroad in Rome. She was an Orientation Mentor and a member of the Asian Student Union, International Student Association and the Dean’s List.