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Volunteer opportunities in SOUTH KOREA

Promotion and conservation of the Geomunoreum World Heritage site
Gimnyeong, Jeju Island          July 11 - July 20, 2015

Volunteer project: Geomunoreum heritage site was designated as World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in 2007. The Geomunoreum lava tube system and volcanic features demonstrate a distinctive and important contribution to the understanding of global volcanism. The main aim of this project is to raise awareness about the importance of the World Heritage with the help of international volunteers and local people through hands-on activities.

Volunteers will take part in various activities related to the promotion and conservation of Geomunoreum together with the local community: awareness raising campaign for visitors of the sites, educational activities with children from a local school, environmental and restoration actions on the sites such as collecting garbage on the beach and restoring a traditional black wall. A seminar will also be organized by the volunteers with the aim to promote and conserve the natural World Heritage Sites.

Special requirements: Interest in world heritage and nature. Volunteers should bring information about World heritage sites in their country and present it at the seminar.

Language: English

Free time: Camping at the beach. Hiking Mt.Halla.

Accommodation: In a guest house in town.

Location: Gimnyeong, Jeju Island; one hour flight from Seoul. Travelling by ship is also possible.

Terminal: Jeju International Airport (1 hour flight from Incheon International Airport)

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

                                                                                                         

 

Program for social adaptation of blind kids in Chuncheon
Chuncheon, Gangwon          July 24 - August 2, 2015

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 teach a basic level of English through different activities such as songs, play and quiz, and will prepare a theatre play in English with the students (12-15 years old). 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 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 24 - August 5, 2015

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 for about 120 Korean youth. 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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental protection and awareness activities in Busan
Busan          July 27 - August 6, 2015

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 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 - 35 years old

                                                                                                         

 

Cultural and education programs for the children of Wando island
Wando, Jeonnam          July 27 - August 8, 2015

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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 disadvantaged children
Yeongwol, Gangwon          July 27 - August 9, 2015

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 for teens
Yeongwol, Gangwon          August 2 - August 16, 2015

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. 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, 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: 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)

                                                                                                         

 

Organising a summer camp for Korean youth
Gongju, Chungcheong          August 3 - August 15, 2015

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: 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 - 35 years old

                                                                                                         

 

Support artists and prepare an exhibition in Busan
Busan          August 5 - August 23, 2015

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 public art such as painting, making posters and boards, benches, etc. 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.

Several events are planned to promote performance art and public art. Artists from different countries are invited to take part in these events. The volunteers will assist the artists to assemble, prepare and display their art pieces. 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 ready for physically demanding tasks.

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 - 35 years old

                                                                                                         

 

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