Volunteer in Korea


Reviving a traditional market in Busan
Busan       July 18 - July 27, 2016


Volunteer project: Traditional markets are central to the Korean culture, history, people, and daily life. With this project, we support the revival of the Seodong traditional market in the Geumjeong District of Busan.

After the Korean war, many refugees moved to Busan in the Southern part of the country. The Korean government in particular forced the refugees to move to the Seodong area, and it is still very congested today. In the middle of the busy Seodong traditional market, a special Art and Culture Center was established. This space is intended to energize the traditional market mixing daily life with art and culture. The center offers various programs to local children and residents including global citizenship education and cultural and artistic activities. Although Busan is the second biggest city in Korea, opportunities for locals to take part in cultural experience programs and global citizenship education are still quite limited compared to the capital city. The programs and events in the center give a chance to Seodong residents to experience art and facilitate the community's cultural advancement.

The volunteers will support the global citizenship education program for local children through cultural exchange activities. The group will also help with some manual work in the traditional market to give it a more lively atmosphere.

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

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 university dormitory

Location: Geumjeonggu, Busan

Terminal: Gimhae international airport, Busan bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Environmental protection and awareness activities in Busan
Busan       July 18 - July 28, 2016


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, 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

Support a youth culture camp and improve living conditions for elderly in Jecheon
Jecheon, Chungcheong       July 22 - August 5, 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 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 international culture and programs. 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. As assistants in this camp, participants will organize and run various activities related to their own cultures such as languages, traditional dance and games, songs and so on.
The group will also do voluntary service for the local community. They 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

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

Organising a summer camp for disadvantaged children
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. 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

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

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