Volunteer in Korea

Program for social adaptation of blind kids in Chuncheon
Chuncheon, Gangwon       July 22 - July 31, 2016

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

Intercultural learning and renovation in a Buddhist temple
Bonghwa, Chungcheongbukdo       July 23 - July 31, 2016

Volunteer project: Chookseosa Temple was founded in 673 during the reign of King Munmu of Shilla Dynasty. The founder, National Master Ui-Sang, dedicated his life to Korean Buddhism. Chookseosa means where the eagle, a symbol of wisdom resides, and also symbolizes the Bodhisattva. Ven Muyeo, one of the contemporary Korean Seon masters, has devoted himself to rebuilding Chookseosa. He has taught Seon meditation for couple of decades at Chuookseosa. This volunteer project is based in the Temple and participants will have the opportunity to experience Monks’ life.

The volunteers will renovate the temple and its surroundings. They will also join in the Buddhist camp for youth to experience temple culture and intercultural learning through various activities. Participants should respect the temple lifestyle and follow some rules in regards to waking up early in the morning, attending morning service, sleeping, eating and attitude.

Special requirements: Interest in Korean temple and Buddhism culture. Volunteers should have respect for temple rules and should enjoy playing with youth.

Language: English

Free time: Trekking the mountain and visiting various historical places.

Accommodation: In a traditional temple house. Only vegetarian food will be served.

Location: Bonghwa, Chungcheongbukdo

Terminal: Bonghwa Bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Cultural and education programs for the children of Wando island
Wando, Jeonnam       July 25 - August 6, 2016

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

Intercultural learning and environmental protection program
Yeongwol, Gangwon       August 1 - August 13, 2016

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. This project is organised in cooperation with the Children care center in Yeongwol. The project is a rare opportunity for the local youth to experience different cultures.

There are two main activities during the project.
First, the volunteers will introduce their culture to a group of 20-30 local youth. The international and local participants will be involved in various intercultural activities. Any kind of ideas from participants are very welcome such as traditional cultures, sports, games, choir, drawing, educational workshops, etc.
Second, the project participants will take part in environmental conservation activities in a local village.

Language: English

Free time: Swimming and hiking in the mountains, visiting historic places around.

Accommodation: In the local children's center

Location: Yeongwol can be easily accessed from Seoul by express bus; it takes about 2 hours. The project site is safe and well equipped for the activities and the volunteers' stay.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Organising a summer camp for Korean youth
Gongju, Chungcheong       August 1 - August 12, 2016

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, 2016

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

Promoting the importance and historic value of Namhansanseong mountain fortress
Seongnam, Gyeonggi       August 5 - August 14, 2016

Volunteer project: Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. It is the only fortress that has been used as an emergency palace during a war so it is historically significant. In recognition of its value, Namhansanseong was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. But, so far it is more famous as a mountain-climbing and driving destination for local residents and visitors. Besides, many people have no idea it is a World Heritage site. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of Namhansanseong as a World Heritage and preserving it.

The volunteers will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the World Heritage Site of Namhansanseong, but also to teach them about the importance of the world heritage in general and how other countries treat their heritage sites.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting Seoul, the capital of Korea.

Accommodation: In a guest house near the youth centre

Location: Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. Seongnam is a satellite city of Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Long-term projects in Korea