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Volunteer opportunities in SOUTH KOREA

Open up the world of art and culture to underprivileged children
Nonsan, Chungcheong          July 2 - July 14, 2014

Volunteer project: The children and youth of Nonsan have very limited opportunities for cultural exposure and artistic activities. With this project we would like to foster artistic and creative expression in children. This will also be an opportunity for the young artists to gain experience and perform at an exhibition, a concert or a festival.

The volunteers will organise two 3-day long global youth camps, based on their traditional culture. During the project, 30-60 local children and youth, ages 14-17 will take part in the summer camps. The aim of the project is not only to support them in learning about and understanding different cultures, but also to make them think creatively and help them prepare a performance together. Games, songs, and craft ideas from your countries will help give the camps an international flair! In the first week, you will have time to plan and show up your creative side in preparing activities for the youth. Please, keep in mind that the children are unfamiliar with English.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be interested in artistic performance and highly motivated to work with children and youth.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting historic places in and around Nonsan, such as temples, museums, etc.

Accommodation: In a guest house

Location: Nonsan, South Chungcheong province, about 180 km from the capital Seoul. There are many historic places in and around Nonsan.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Creating aquatic biotopes and raising environmental awareness in Busan
Busan          July 7 - July 19, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project takes place in Busan. It is organized together with a local environmental organization committed to advocating for the importance of aquatic ecosystems. The organization wants to communicate with local people and share the value of environment through diverse educational programs. This project will remind the people in Busan and along the Nakdong River of the value of the natural environment. Participants will take part in study activities about the environment and join a campaign to raise people's awareness.

The volunteers will be involved in three main environmental activities in Busan:
- Making a few biotopes at the Nakdong River. Biotope is a place of uniform environmental conditions, providing living space for a distinctive community of animals and plants.
- Organizing a campaign to promote ecosystem preservation in Busan.
- Presenting the environmental protection actions of their countries in the environmental meeting.

Special requirements: Interest in eco-village, rivers 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 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Environmental and heritage restoration projects in Busan
Busan          July 15 - July 25, 2014

Volunteer project: Busan is the second biggest city in Korea, 400 km from Seoul. It is famous with its port, food and various cultures, because historically it has always been the gate to different cultures from around the world. Present and past heritage exist together harmoniously.
This project is held in cooperation with a volunteer center in Haeundae district of Busan in order to promote citizenship through voluntary service. International volunteers in this project will join various events and campaigns to achieve these objectives.

The group of international volunteers will do a mural painting on a wall of the old Songjeong train station, which is a historic building in Busan, in order to renovate and decorate it. They will also work on Haeundae beach, a very famous beach in Korea, which also faces some environmental issues due to the big number of visitors who throw away a lot of trash throughout this area during the night. The participants will join a campaign and actions aiming to preserve the beach.

Language: English

Free time: Participants will have the chance to visit historic places and beaches in Busan.

Accommodation: In a guest house

Location: Busan

Terminal: Gimhae international airport, Busan train station

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Cultural and education programs for the children of Wando island
Wando, Jeonnam          July 21 - August 2, 2014

Volunteer project: Wando is an island located in the south-west, about 500 km away from Seoul. It has a bridge to the mainland so that people can reach there conveniently by public transportation. Wando is famous with its sea food 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 will organise two 5-day long global culture camps. There will be 20-30 local children in each camp who don’t speak English well. Any kind of activities and ideas from the participants are very welcome such as cultural activities, sports, games, choir, drawing, educational workshops, etc.

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 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Support a youth culture camp and improve living conditions for elderly in Jecheon
Jecheon, Chungcheong          July 23 - August 5, 2014

Volunteer project: Jecheon is about 200 km away from Seoul. There are some social issues in the city regarding youth, population and disabled people. The international volunteers will take part in two voluntary service projects in support of local youth and elderly people. A youth camp is intended to develop the global competencies of local youth by introducing them to a dynamic culture. The volunteers will join in the youth camp as assistants so that they will create new dynamics in the program. Participants will also help physically and economically disadvantaged local elders by improving their living conditions. In addition, the volunteers will have cultural exchange activities with the local people.

The volunteers will assist the activities of the youth camp for about 120 Korean youth. As assistants of this program, they will organize and run various activities related to their own cultures (language, dance, singing, etc.). The group will also do voluntary service for the local community. They will do a mural painting to decorate the community and clean homes 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

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Program for social adaptation of blind kids in Chuncheon
Chuncheon, Gangwon          July 25 - August 3, 2014

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 blind young students to be self-confident by having their own specialty. And the school is pleased to provide them with opportunities to be exposed to foreign cultures by hosting an international volunteer workcamp.

The volunteers will organize a global culture camp for 20-30 students. They will teach a basic level of English through different activities such as a song, play and quiz. The volunteers will also prepare and run a class to introduce their cultures and countries. 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 culture camp. The volunteers will play an important role in encouraging and giving confidence to the blind students.

Special requirements: Interest in working with blind students and their development is expected.

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. The area is famous for the beautiful lakes and mountains.

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

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Global village project in Gokseong
Gokseong, Jeonnam          July 27 - August 9, 2014

Volunteer project: Gokseong is about 250 km south of Seoul. It is easily accessed from the capital by train in about 3 hours. It is famous as a region of clean and healthy communities.
This project is held in cooperation with an alternative middle school in Gokseong. The school is aimed at peaceful and eco-friendly life, independent living and understanding different cultures. The project is based on these philosophies.

The volunteers will organize and run the Global village project (Intercultural youth camp) for Korean youth, ages 14-17. This project will have various activities related to the environment, human rights, intercultural understanding through presentation of food, costumes, social issues and so on in order to develop global citizenship among Korean youth. Participants are required to bring interesting educational ideas and materials to prepare the project. The activities will be mostly based on experiencing outdoor activities and understanding different cultures.

Special requirements: Volunteers must be interested in running an outdoor camp and highly motivated for organising youth activities.

Language: English

Free time: Outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycle riding along the river, swimming.

Accommodation: In the school dormitory

Location: Gokseong, Jeonnam province

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Intercultural learning and environmental protection program for teens
Yeongwol, Gangwon          July 27 - August 9, 2014

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the cleanest and most nature-oriented city in South Korea. It is about 180 km east of Seoul. The area is surrounded by mountains. This project is organised in cooperation with the Children care center in Yeongwol. Young Korean volunteers are excited to join in the various project activities together with the international volunteers. The project is a rare opportunity for the local youth to experience different cultures.

There are two main activities during a 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, play, choir, drawing, learning workshop and so on. Second, the project participants will take part in environmental conservation activities in a local village.

Language: English

Free time: Hiking and swimming in the mountains, and also visiting historic places around.

Accommodation: In the local children's center

Arrival note: Participants are requested to arrive 1 day earlier in Korea in order to be able to reach the project site properly.

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: 14 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euro (airport pickup & drop off service included)

                                                                                                     

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I did my volunteering in Wando Island in South Korea. During the 2 weeks program, I volunteered with about 14 other volunteers who came from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Poland, Mexico and South Korea. Our mandate was to organize activities and teach English to the kids who attend the center (where we stayed). This is my first time doing volunteering abroad so I did not know what to expect but it was an amazing and learning experience. To be able to provide my help, knowledge and my time to kids was very rewarding.
          The director and coordination were involved throughout the program. They made sure we were provided with everything we need but they also got involved during the activities which made the kids very happy. The group leaders (2 Korean) were very organized and made a great job. Although they were leaders, they participated in all the housekeeping and never acted as if they were in a ‘superior’ position.
          Overall, the volunteering experience was very memorable and I would do it again anytime."

Anne T.,
Cadip volunteer 2012

On the last day – World Wood Festival - each volunteer with the help of 2 kids had to prepare a dish from their respective country On the last day of the program

 

Organising a summer camp for Korean youth
Gongju, Chungcheong          July 28 - August 9, 2014

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. The youth will stay at the camp site, but the volunteer group will return to the accommodation for the night.

Special requirements: Very 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 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Environmental protection and awareness activities in Busan
Busan          July 28 - August 9, 2014

Volunteer project: Busan is the second biggest city and the largest port in Korea, and it's about 400km south of Seoul. The more Busan advances, the more 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 monitoring the Nakdong River's ecosystem and cleaning up the area. 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 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

 

Summer camps for children and support for local farmers in Gangwon province
Hwacheon, Gangwon          August 3 - August 17, 2014

Volunteer project: This volunteer project is organised in cooperation with a local eco farming village in Hwacheon prefecture. The region has been historically related with the Korean War and North Korea issues (due to its proximity to the border), but it's also a very environmentally clean area. The county wants to promote the region as a memorial place for peace.
Participants will offer assistance in the Youth summer camps for educationally underprivileged youth to improve their capacity to develop and learn. With these camps, we aim to promote global citizenship and help the youth find their strengths and aptitudes through various ideas brought by the international participants. The volunteers will act as mentors for the youth during the camps. The volunteers will also join the farming activities with local farmers. This will contribute to the local empowerment despite the depopulation of the region.

There are about 100 youths who will meet the international volunteers in Hwacheon. The participants will organize three Youth camps for them and prepare activities such as cultural exchange and introducing various careers from each country. During the first week, you will have time to plan, and your creative side is needed here to prepare the activities for the children. Also, the volunteer team will join in outdoor voluntary service with the local youth such as farming and gardening for the community. The volunteers will experience the local culture and the daily life in Korea. They may also join the local summer festival.

Special requirements: Interest in mentoring, youth camps and outdoor activities.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting historic and cultural places such as DMZ; visiting lakes nearby.

Accommodation: In the local guest house

Location: Hwacheon Gun, Gangwon province, 150 km from Seoul

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Chunchoen train station (2 hours from Seoul by bus)

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Reviving a village in Busan
Busan          August 4 - August 14, 2014

Volunteer project: Busan is the second biggest city and the largest port in Korea, and it's about 400km south of Seoul. Some villages in Busan have been falling into decline because depopulation and number of aging elders are increasing. Therefore, with this project, we will be restoring villages to change the atmosphere, support the local elders and provide better living conditions.

The volunteers will do a mural painting to beautify this pretty and dynamic village. Besides, they will clean homes and community facilities in order to improve the living conditions for physically and economically disadvantaged elderly people. In addition, participants will also prepare various events to get together with the local community, such as food-festival, cultural performance, etc.

Special requirements: Highly motivated for physical work in the local community.

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 the local community center

Location: Busan

Terminal: Gimhae international airport, Busan train station

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Organising a summer camp for disadvantaged children
Yeongwol, Gangwon          August 4 - August 13, 2014

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the cleanest and most nature-oriented city in Korea. It is about 180 km east of Seoul. This area is surrounded by mountains and a river. Local young people have rare opportunities to experience different cultures from abroad. Korean volunteers are excited to join in the various voluntary service activities together with the international group.
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 a few leisure and recreation sessions.

Together with Korean volunteers, the international participants will organise the camp program for a group of children. Participants will also initiate and organize a few sessions, drawing on their own ideas and taking responsibility for these activities. The project site has various equipment and facilities for outdoor and indoor activities, 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.

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 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Support artists and prepare an exhibition in Busan
Busan          August 6 - August 25, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer project is organized since 2009 in cooperation with a young artist network in Busan. They are specialized in installation art and are interested in reviving the city through art such as painting, making posters and boards, benches, etc. for non-profit purpose. The works will be exhibited during the local Art Festival.
The project site is quite unique due to its location. It’s a small village in the very modern city, but located in the mountain, so it has fresh air and nice natural landscapes.

The volunteers will work with the artists on walls and corner shops in the village in order to renovate and create new designs. They will also assist with the preparation and running of the exhibition of artists' works, so there will be various manual works required. The artists are excited to work with international volunteers.

Special requirements: Interest in art. Volunteers should be highly motivated and physically fit.

Language: English

Free time: Various tourist sites around the island and Busan.

Accommodation: In a guest house

Location: Busan is the second biggest city in Korea, about 400 km south of Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Busan train station (3 hours from Seoul by train)

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

                                                                                                     

 

Preserving the traditional culture and heritage in the historic Yangdong Village
Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk          August 6 - August 16, 2014

Volunteer project: Yangdong village, founded in the 14th-15th century, is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty and is one of the most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea. The village is located in Gangdong-myeon, 16 km northeast of Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, along the Hyeongsan River and just south of Mt. Seolchang. Its layout and location reflect the distinctive aristocratic Confucian culture of the early part of the Joseon Dynasty. The village was listed as UNESCO World Heritage site, together with Hahoe Village, in 2010.

The village has put a lot of efforts to preserve its traditions and heritage and promote its value to visitors and general public. However, they are looking for help from international volunteers because most of the village residents are seniors. The project participants will run the World heritage awareness education program for visitors and local children.

The volunteers will prepare and organize the World heritage awareness program based on non-formal education for visitors and local children. They will also renovate and clean some of the village pavilions, part of the World Heritage site.

Special requirements: Participants should be interested in learning about Korean culture and the world heritage. Your experience and ideas are very welcome.

Language: English

Free time: Visiting the nearby Gyeongju city, which is a very famous historic city in Korea.

Accommodation: In the community center in town.

Location: Gyeongju Si, 350 km south-east of Seoul

Terminal: Gyeongju KTX train station (3 hours from Seoul KTX station)

Age range: 18 - 28 years old

                                                                                                     

 

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