[UPDATE] PLEASE DO NOT FUND THIS CAMPAIGN--SEE LETTER BELOW. PLEASE VISIT WWW.DREAMTRIPFUND.COM
To all friends, fans, and supporters of our campaign,
First, thank you so much for being part of this journey to fuel the dreams of students who you've never even met before. I've learned so much not just from opening and running this fundraising campaign, but also from interacting with each of you who were so supportive of the campaign and the hope seen within the campaign.
After consulting with various travel agencies, potential corporate sponsors, education specialists, and many friends, I have decided to postpone the fundraising campaign and the trip for the students. Various scheduling issues with the students (they will become juniors--2nd year of high school--in 2015) as well as questions from the students' parents have made me think about what would really work for the students, and decided that January 2015 would not be the best time to have the students over to the United States.
A special thank you to those who supported the campaign by funding the Indiegogo campaign--when the fundraising campaign automatically ends on August 14, I will be receiving the funds from Indiegogo within a few weeks and will contact each of you to give you a refund. The raffles and prizes will be similar (if not better!) for the next fundraising campaign that I will launch hopefully soon, so please stay tuned on this website and on our Facebook page.
Once again, thank you so much. I hope you stay supportive of the campaign, and will reach out to you all very soon with better news.
Tae Young Woo
A Bigger World, A Brighter Future
Hi! I'm Tae Young. I'm a student at NYU, and I want to show a bigger world to six students I taught at a community welfare center in Korea last fall.
(My students are mixed in the middle of this photo, other students are from a different class. The three adults on the sides are social workers/teachers I worked with last fall.)My students are bright, interesting, funny, energetic, and hardworking when shown a goal or destination. However, living in the suburbs more than an hour away from the capital city Seoul, they don't have much motivation for learning English and don't understand why they need to do well in school because they see no reason in attending college or moving outside their small community in their entire lives.
As a Korean child who had the amazing opportunity to move to the US with my parents at a young age, I know that a much bigger world exists outside of Korea and around the globe. Unfortunately, I also know that many, many young students do not know of this bigger world and live on without having any dreams to better themselves and contribute to a greater society.
In the eyes of my six students, I saw enthusiasm waiting to shine when a bigger world is shown to it. I knew that my students could work much harder and better themselves if they knew of a bigger world and a brighter future, but they just haven't opened that door yet. And I'm hoping that we could open that door for them.
A Dream Trip to America
My spring 2015 semester for NYU starts on January 26, 2015. My students, who attend public high schools in Korea, have the entire month of January off for winter break. I will be visiting my family in Korea for Christmas, and I am hoping to come back to the US with my students through this schedule:
- January 14: Leave Korea, arrive in New York City
- January 14 ~ 18: New York City
- January 18 ~ 20: Boston
- January 20 ~ 22: Washington, D.C.
Here is a breakdown of the costs of the trip. The unit price is an estimate, as we have not found specific brands/companies to purchase tickets/accommodations from yet.
- Roundtrip flights from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to New York (JFK):
≈$1500 per person (1stop) x 6 students ≈ $9000
- One-way bus from New York City to Boston:
≈$15 per person x 6 students ≈ $90
- One-way flight from Boston (BOS) to DC (Dulles):
≈$100 per person x 6 students ≈ $600
- One-way train from DC (Union Station) to NYC (Penn Station):
≈$50 per person x 6 students ≈ $300
- Housing (hostel or boarding house):
≈$200 per night x 8 nights ≈ $1600
≈$40 per day x 6 students x 8 days ≈ $1920
- TRANSPORTATION $9900 + HOUSING $1600 + FOOD $1920 =
- Confirm that this trip itself is possible
- Provide a basis for potential future sponsorships or future rounds of crowdfunding
- Show my students that many people (people they don't know personally!) are interested in their dreams and future
- Prove that a successful fundraising effort for a trip like this is possible, in order to get more people interested in future trips and projects
Who Am I?
My name is Tae Young Woo. I am a rising third-year student at New York University (NYU) studying computer science. I moved to Irvine, California from Korea in second grade (2001), and stayed there for eight years before moving to The Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut, in 2009. After graduating from Taft in 2012, I moved to New York City to attend NYU.
I have always loved creating value for others, and my first project was bringing Phil Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple, to my high school to have him speak at a guest lecture event. After that, I've invited Bill Taylor (co-founder of Fast Company magazine) to Taft and Kyu Lee (producer responsible for bringing PSY's "Gangnam Style" to the US market) to NYU for lecture events. I've also taken students from my high school business club to leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, the entirety of the trip coordinated by myself. Last year, I was hired by KTN (one of Korea's biggest phonebook companies) as the Project Manager of a location-based mobile search application development project, until I returned to NYU this January.
Help Make These Students' Dreams Come True!
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SHORTENED LINK: igg.me/at/dreamtripfund
*Should the campaign raise more than the $13,150 estimated in the budget above, I will use the remaining money for miscellaneous fees during the trip (i.e. NYC subway MetroCard/Boston T CharlieCard usage for students, purchase of water and necessary toiletries in housing, etc.) and WILL DISCLOSE THE ENTIRE BUDGET to ALL CONTRIBUTORS. Also, please remember that Indiegogo takes a fee from the money raised before sending it to me, so I do not receive 100% of the entire funds raised. In the event of any surprising events, I will update all funders and disclose exactly what I will do with the money.