Volunteer in Korea

Environmental protection and awareness activities in Busan
Busan       July 18 - July 28

Volunteer project: Busan is the second biggest city and the largest port in Korea, and it's about 400km south of Seoul. With the development of the city, the environmental concerns increase.
This international volunteer project is organized in cooperation with various environmental associations in Busan. They would like to renovate the rural area of Busan and restore the ecological balance. International volunteers will join various activities and try to find solutions for the local environmental issues in Busan.

The volunteers will help local people to clean a village, do gardening and paint a mural as part of the village renovation. In addition, the group will be involved in the renovation of a small village park used by local seniors. The volunteers in this project should be motivated to participate in eco-friendly activities. The group will also run various campaigns with local youth aiming to raise awareness of the value of eco-friendly practices for the renovation of Busan.

Special requirements: Interest in eco-village and environmental movement.

Language: English

Free time: Volunteers will have a chance to visit historic places and enjoy the beaches of Busan during the free time.

Accommodation: In a guest house in the local community.

Location: Busan

Terminal: Gimhae international airport, Busan train station

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Program for social adaptation of blind kids in Chuncheon
Chuncheon, Gangwon       July 22 - July 31

Volunteer project: This volunteer project has been organized together with the School for blind children in Chuncheon since 2001. The school provides special education program for blind students, 8-15 years old, living in the area. The school educates and trains the young blind students so that they can become self-confident and independent. And the school is pleased to provide them with opportunities to be exposed to foreign cultures through this international volunteer project.

The volunteers will prepare and run a class to introduce their cultures and countries to the students. Participants should be creative and patient to teach and communicate with the blind and visually impaired kids. The participants are required to bring interesting educational ideas and materials to prepare the project. The volunteers will play an important role in encouraging and giving confidence to the blind students.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to be highly motivated to work with and take care of young blind students and their personal development.

Language: English

Free time: Outdoor activities such as rafting, riding a bicycle along the river in Chuncheon.

Accommodation: In the school dormitory.

Location: Chuncheon, Gangwon province, 80 km east of Seoul. It is a very calm and beautiful city surrounded by mountains and lakes.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Chuncheon Bus terminal (1 hour from Seoul by bus)

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Cultural and education programs for the children of Wando island
Wando, Jeonnam       July 25 - August 6

Volunteer project: Wando is an island located in the south-west, about 500 km away from Seoul. There is a bridge to the mainland so that people can reach there conveniently by public transportation. Wando is famous with its seafood and beautiful landscapes.

However, Wando faces depopulation problems especially among the youth, who move to bigger cities for better educational opportunities. International exchange and experience is also rare for the local children. Therefore, this project aims to provide new experiences for the local children and youth with the help of international volunteers through diverse cultural and education programs. The project is run in cooperation with a local children's center providing social and educational services for children and youth in Wando.

The volunteers in this project will organise Global Culture Camps. There will be 20-30 local children in each camp who don’t speak English very well. Participants will design and develop the whole program with indoor and outdoor activities such as traditional cultural activities, sports, games, choir, drawing, educational workshops, etc. It requires creative ideas and a lot of energy to get local young people exposed to new experiences.

Language: English

Free time: Wando has a beautiful beach and famous tourist sites around, which you will have the chance to visit.

Accommodation: In the local children's center

Location: Wando, Jeonnam Province (5 hours 30 mins from Seoul by express bus)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Wando bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Organising a summer camp for disadvantaged children
Yeongwol, Gangwon       August 1 - August 13

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the most nature-oriented and clean city in South Korea. It is about 180 km east of Seoul. The area is surrounded by mountains and a river. Local young people rarely have the opportunity to experience different cultures from abroad.
This project is organised in cooperation with the Youth center in Yeongwol. There will be a big summer camp for children (8-15 years old), most of them from disadvantaged background. The international participants will assist with the organisation of the summer camp and will also run leisure and recreation sessions.

Together with Korean volunteers, the international participants will organise the summer camp program for a group of children. The sessions in the program are quite open; there will be various and exciting activities in the river, mountains and playgrounds. The project site has various equipment and facilities for outdoor and indoor activities such as music instruments and sports equipment, so any ideas for the youth camp are welcome. If you enjoy interacting with kids, working outside, swimming, you will have a fascinating time with many valuable experiences on this project.

Special requirements: Interest in outdoor activities and sharing your culture.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting historic places and exploring caves around the area.

Accommodation: In the youth center

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Organising a summer camp for Korean youth
Gongju, Chungcheong       August 1 - August 12

Volunteer project: Gongju is about 150 km away from Seoul and located in the center of South Chungcheong province. Gongju is an ancient city of the Baekje Kingdom, where brilliant Baekje culture flourished. Nowadays, Gongju is a city of history, culture and tourism.
As the population of the region is aging and rapidly decreasing, local organisations are focusing on the young people who are isolated from high education opportunities. Every year, a summer school is organised for local youth in order to teach them the value of local culture, history and nature. The international volunteers will join in the summer camp as assistants so that they will create new dynamics in the program by introducing international cultures.

The volunteers will organise and take part in the various activities of the summer school such as sports days, role play, intercultural food days, with about 40 young Koreans. The programs in the summer school are focusing on local community, cultural exchange, eco-friendly activities. Participants should be active as assistants, ready to mingle with the youth and also need to introduce different aspects of their own culture such as food, dance and songs. In this project, you will learn how to run a youth project and how to work in a large team.

Special requirements: Active participation in outdoor activities and strong interest to work with youth are expected.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting the historic places of Gongju.

Accommodation: In rooms in the education center in Gongju.

Location: Gongju, South Chungcheong province

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Improve living conditions for elderly people in Jecheon
Jecheon, Chungcheong       August 2 - August 11

Volunteer project: Jecheon is about 200 km away from Seoul. There are some social issues in the city concerning youth, aging and disabled people. The international volunteers will take part in a voluntary service project in support of local residents. Participants will help physically and economically disadvantaged local elders by improving their living conditions. In addition, the volunteers will have cultural exchange activities such as a village festival with the local people.

The group will do voluntary service for the local community. The volunteers will visit local elders who are living alone and isolated. Participants will do a mural painting to decorate a local village and maintain houses and public facilities for disadvantaged elderly.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to have an interest in working and interacting with the local community.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting historic places in Jecheon.

Accommodation: In the community center

Location: Jecheon city in Chungcheongbuk-do province, famous with the beautiful mountains around.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

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