Australia-Korea Foundation

Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project

The Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project is an initiative of the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) and builds on the success of the Australia-Korea Teacher Exchange Program. The Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project supports Australian and Korean schools to form sister-school relationships through physical exchange and online collaboration — a move to continue to grow Australia-Korea engagement through the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in classrooms.

In September 2009, ten Australian teachers visited Korea for two weeks. The visit was a huge success in providing the Australian and Korean teachers opportunities to build professional and personal relationships. The program in Korea also included training for the Australian and Korean teachers on the use of ICT in the classroom and opportunities for the Australian teachers to learn about Korea.

In February 2010, ten Korean educators visited Australia for the reciprocal component of the program. This was included a 12 day professional learning and homestay program. ICT training was also a major component of this program and aimed at skilling teachers to use online collaborative activities as a means to engage students to communicate and learn about each other on a long term basis.

Over the past 11 years, the AKF has supported the Asia Education Foundation to provide 147 Korean and 133 Australian teachers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of each other and build Australia-Korea links.

Australian teachers in Korea

Australian teachers entertain the Songnisan Elementary School students with a rendition of Kookaburra sits in an old Gum tree.

Application process

In Australia, State, Catholic and Independent education jurisdictions partner the Asia Education Foundation to support the participation of Australian educators in the Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project. The exchange program is advertised by education jurisdictions in April/May of each year. In Korea, Asia Education Foundation partners with Chungbuk National University to select and or nominate the Korean participants.

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