Hi! My name is Joe and I’m LiNK’s translation intern this summer.
After hearing various North Koreans recount their experiences (such as that unforgettable interview with Shin Dong-hyuk), I was left speechless. Their struggles touched me deeply. I felt like there must be something I could do for the North Korean people, but I didn’t know what would be effective. I came across LiNK by chance when a friend ‘Facebook liked’ one of LiNK’s stories and it appeared on my newsfeed. Thankfully, I didn’t miss that post. I have been following LiNK’s work ever since.
LiNK gave me an opportunity to join their team for the summer, so I gladly flew from my home in Australia to be a part of the broader picture. At the time of this writing, it’s only been a few weeks since I set foot in the U.S. for the first time, but I feel like it’s been much longer. In just a few weeks, I have been blessed to meet so many inspiring people—many of whom are my fellow interns and co-workers—who aren’t afraid of change and won’t just settle in their comfort zones.
So what am I actually doing at LiNK this summer? I’m working alongside the creative team on an exciting new documentary project! Chad, LiNK’s filmmaker and all-around cool guy, is supervising me as I assist in the translation of some of the raw, Korean-spoken footage into English. Once my part is done, it will then be handled by the rest of the creative team to put into an amazing film that will move hearts and change perspectives.
I sometimes like to think that I can’t do everything, but I can do something. That something is why I’m here today.