Who We Are

About Enspire Korea

What is an English Immersion Lab?

Our model operates on the following principles: 1) Immersion 2) Integration of the Arts 3) Fostering Relationships 4) Building Character Enspire aims to contextualize language learning through immersion and active inquiry. By providing opportunities for students to build organic, intercultural relationships, we hope that our students will recognize a purpose for English and want to learn it. Our curriculum redirects the focus from technicalities of learning English to the holistic growth of students as English Learners.

Split up into two sessions, each week includes a Create Session and an Engage Session. The Create Session pairs each student with a volunteer Counselor, where they collaborate personally on an art project and have the opportunity to create. The Engage Session, on the other hand, focuses on interacting and forming relationships through fun group activities facilitated in English. Our sessions include trivia competitions, movie nights, creating comic books, board games, analyzing art, cooking classes, painting, learning to sing, and more!

Students should not see education as something that happens to them. Rather, they should take control and construct their own educational experience as active participants, like scientists in a laboratory. The process of creating and fostering relationships helps this by instilling students with a sense of agency and purpose. Through all of this, we hope that students will see a world beyond what they are used to and feel inspired to develop new interests, foster a sense of purpose, and pursue their goals with vigor.

Our pedagogy draws from the traditions of Paulo Freire, Maxine Greene, John Dewey, Martin Buber, and Nel Noddings among others. At the core of our mission is the aim of "freedom". If to educate is to lead, the question then becomes, "where do we lead them?" Instead of attempting to answer this for our students, we believe that each student should have the opportunity to discover the answer for themselves. We work with each student to find and reflect on each of their unique life-experiences, so that they can discover who they are and the world in which they want to be. The true bounds of freedom are the limits in which we allow children to restrict their imagination. If we rob them of the opportunity to reinvent themselves and the world, we rob ourselves of what could otherwise be.


The Founders

Hwa Pyung Yoo and Su Jean Park are Korean-American residents of Seoul who are passionate about serving God, education, and youth development.
Hwa Pyung Yoo

Hwa graduated from Villanova University (‘19) with a Bachelors in Neuroscience and Political Science. Hwa grew up constantly moving, attending over 12 schools in his lifetime. Encountering various education models of wide-ranging qualities, he strongly believes that all children should have access to the highest quality education. Hwa is engaged in the field of education with volunteer work, research, and publications. His other interests include movies, college basketball (Go Nova), and good food.

Su Jean
Su Jean Park

Su Jean graduated from the University of Notre Dame (‘19) where she played Women’s Rugby (fullback), with a Bachelors in Mathematics and Business Administration. An avid sports fan, dark chocolate lover, and environmentalist (#zerowaste), she grew up moving around the world from California, New Jersey, New York, Jakarta, to Seoul. She has experience serving with and leading youth organizations including VBS, AWANA, UNICEF, Camp Helen Brachman, and Perley Fine Arts Academy.