“Beyond,” POSCO’s university student volunteer group, just launched its 10th class of new members. One hundred university students selected from 60 universities across Korea joined Beyond at a launching ceremony held at POSCO Center in Seoul on July 7.
Beyond is Korea’s first corporate-supported university student volunteer group that carries out activities abroad. Established in 2007, it has been cultivating talented young people who can lead the way in spreading the culture of sharing and serving our neighbors. Each year 100 students are selected, and Beyond members have carried out overseas volunteering activities and cultural events in such countries as India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.
At the launching ceremony, POSCO CEO Ohjoon Kwon, who serves as the head of Beyond, presented the students with certificates of appointment. While meeting with the students, CEO Kwon also talked about the meaning of volunteering and sharing, and offered advice to the students about how to lead good lives.
For their first official activity, the 10th Beyond class will participate in building steel houses for the families around Korea who have been affected by recent fires, for a period of nine days starting from July 20. Beyond in the past used to participated in building primarily wooden homes, but from this year, they will take part in the entire construction process, building steel houses using POSCO’s highest quality steel materials. The construction of a steel house is comparatively easy because the main materials can be manufactured in the plant before they are assembled at the site.
In addition to house building activities at home and abroad, the 10th Beyond class will also spend the next 12 months providing help to abandoned pets, elderly people who live alone, single mothers, children from multicultural families and disabled persons. In January 2017, the group will help build steel houses in Vietnam POSCO Village, which is being established by POSCO for low-income families in Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, and organize cultural exchange activities between Korea and Vietnam.