A-Yong Man’s Fifth – Global leader

What is your dream?

There is a dream that drives many young Koreans to join VANK.

Many young people pursue this dream to make a difference in the world.

It is to be a part of an international organization!!

Here are two Koreans who have achieved this dream.

A small giant at the UN
A disease fighter
A man of action
 The late Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)
 Dr. Lee Jong-wook

Dr. Lee made a great contribution to treating and preventing HIV/AIDS, TB and bird flu around the world. 

He also lowered the global rate of polio cases to one per 10,000.
For this reason, he received the nickname “Vaccine Czar.”

In 2003, Dr. Lee became the first Korean nominated to be the WHO Director-General!

He gained the respect of people all over the world for his contribution to global healthcare.

One of the most respected people among Korean college students in 2011
The 8th UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

A dedicated career as a diplomat for 37 years since 1970
The legend of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

On October 14, 2006, Mr. Ban was elected the UN Secretary-General with the support of 14 of the 15 member nations of the U.N. Security Council.

His commitment to world peace was widely recognized by the U.N. members.

On June 21, 2011, Mr. Ban was unanimously re-elected for a second term.

In 2011,
Mr. Ban made noteworthy contributions to resolving conflicts in the Middle East.

He also exhibited outstanding leadership in managing natural disasters, such as in Haiti and Myanmar.

Nuclear Nonproliferation
Climate Change
Millennium Development Goals
Mr. Ban has been appreciated for his steady performance in handling these critical issues.

There is a commonality between Dr. Lee and Mr. Ban.
They both use their talent and full potential to benefit the world.

As a result, they contribute to enhancing Korea’s national status and prestige.

Many young Koreans admire them.

International civil servants

Young people should have the great dream of becoming global leaders.

However, are public attention and recognition necessary to achieve this dream?

Here is a man who proved otherwise.

South Sudan, an African country scarred from decades of civil war

He was a doctor there for the sick. 

He was also a teacher for African children.

He was also an architect, who built a hospital and a school for a town.

He was also a band conductor, who gave moments of joy to the people.

The Schweitzer of Sudan
The late Father Lee Tae-seok

Father Lee was born in 1962 to a poor family as the ninth of 10 children.

At age 9, he lost his father, but he continued to study hard.

He was a brilliant and dedicated student, and entered a medical school.

However, he gave up his plan to become a doctor in Korea, and left for a small town called Tonj in South Sudan.

Father Lee and the residents made all the bricks to build a hospital.

He dug wells to protect children from contaminated water. 

He set up a school to support the dreams of the town.
He also used his musical talent to create a youth band in Tonj.

Such changes gave joy to the people.

“I was surprised that my small efforts could help children survive and have hope.”

“There I found the power in myself to change the future of children.”
- From “Sharing” by Father Lee Tae-seok

In November 2008, Father Lee faced devastating news.
He was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

He wished for his recovery and to return to Tonj.

Sadly, he passed away at age 48 on January 14, 2010.

The news about his death devastated the people of Tonj.

They cried as if they had lost the light of their life.

Showing tears in public is regarded as shameful in Sudan.  

However, no one could resist tears when faced with his death.

Father Lee realized his dream in a small town where no one wanted to go.

His story was made into a film “Don’t Cry for Me, Sudan.”

This film was played at the Vatican in December 2011.
Many Vatican priests and diplomats attended the showing.

It has been translated into many different languages.
Father Lee’s noble spirit is now spreading all over the world.

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade established “the Lee Tae-seok Award.”

This award is to encourage people to follow his example.

He worked in a remote little town in Africa.
However, he will be long remembered in the minds of people across the world.

What kind of stage are you looking for to achieve your dream?

International organizations
Olympic stadiums

The stage doesn’t need to be glorious.

As long as you have a righteous cause and passion for it, you will create your own path.

On your own path, you will change Korea and the world.

VANK is looking for young Koreans who have the courage to follow their own vision.

With us, you will change your country and the world.

Your dream will give hope to people in need.

Your dream will create the future of the world.

We are the hope of the world.

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