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Volunteer projects in SOUTH KOREA

After-school education program for children in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon          June 24 - August 21, 2015
Yeongwol, Gangwon          September 16 - December 4, 2015

Volunteer project: From the early 1980s, during the Korean industrialization, people started moving to the cities for a job. Unfortunately most of these people were financially disadvantaged and while they were working till late at night, children had not been fully cared for in terms of security, nutrition and education. Due to this reason, religious institutions started providing services for children. This is the beginning of the Local Children Centers. In 2004, these places were recognized officially as shelters for children who are in need, under the law. And they have been partly supported by the government. The centers have many children who are growing up in families with one parent, or grandparents. The centers provide children with not only a shelter so that they are protected until their parents come back from work, but also with educational and cultural opportunities, so that they can open up a door to a new experience. Most of the children have fewer opportunities for meeting foreigners, so with the help of international volunteers, the local children can experience global awareness while volunteers can feel the warmth and kindness of a rural Korean community.

In Yeongwol gun, there are many working parents who don't come back home till late at night. The local youths don't have many opportunities to get involved in activities or interact with international people. This project will play an important role in bringing a taste of international culture to the local children and people. The Center was rebuilt from an old school and now it has enough facilities to care for many children after school. There is a big playground, a kitchen, classrooms and a big volunteers’ room designed by a professional.

Volunteer work: The volunteers' duties include:
- Taking care of children while they are in the center (assisting the hard working teachers at the center)
- Preparing and running English classes (2-3 classes a day)
- Help with farming activities
Teaching English to primary school students and middle school students will be your main task. Their level of English is mostly basic except some of the middle school students. So they lack confidence and interest in English. However, they started getting interested after the first contact with international volunteers a few years ago.
If you have any special skills, talents and ideas, you can also lead activity classes with children (music, drawing, etc.). You will work from Monday to Friday with 10-30 kids (8 to 16 years old) and 1-3 teachers. Sometimes, you may be asked to join weekend activities with the kids on Saturday such as going to the cinema or to the mountains.

Free time: Feel free to visit the surrounding Gangwon area, participate in various local festivals, experience Korean mountain climbing, and visit nearby historical sites. There is a famous river named Jucheon, surrounded by mountains. If you are a nature lover, Yeongwol is the place for you!

Profile of the volunteer:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Interest in outdoor activities and farming
• Interest about Korea (learning the language and culture of the local area)
• Initiative, positive, out-going and open-minded personality

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a dormitory room at the children's center.

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province. It is 4 hours away from Seoul. The center is quite a distance from downtown, however volunteers can use the shuttle bus from the center to downtown or a bicycle. Many tourists visit Yeongwol to enjoy the nature and activities there.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $540 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reviving a traditional market in Busan with artistic and cultural programs
Busan, Gyeongnam          June 24 - August 21, 2015

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 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.

Volunteer work: The volunteers' tasks include:
- Operating the global citizenship education program for local children and residents
- Organizing cultural exchange activities with local people
- Supporting different events such as International Day of Peace, Earth hour and UNICEF Village
- Preparing and participating in exhibitions and artistic programs.

Profile of the volunteer: Interest in interacting with residents and participating in artistic activities.

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a shared room in the center.

Location: Busan, Gyeongsangnamdo province, 4 hours from Seoul by train. Busan is the second biggest city in Korea. It has a beautiful beach and sightseeing spots.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $540 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organizing cultural and education programs for children in rural areas
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam          June 24 - August 21, 2015
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam          September 14 - December 4, 2015

Volunteer project: From the early 1980s, during the Korean industrialization, people started moving to the cities for a job. Unfortunately most of these people were financially disadvantaged and while they were working till late at night, children had not been fully cared for in terms of security, nutrition and education. Due to this reason, religious institutions started providing services for children. This is the beginning of the Local Children Centers. In 2004, these places were recognized officially as shelters for children who are in need, under the law. And they have been partly supported by the government. The centers have many children who are growing up in families with one parent, or grandparents. The centers provide children with not only a shelter so that they are protected until their parents come back from work, but also with educational and cultural opportunities, so that they can open up a door to a new experience. Most of the children have fewer opportunities for meeting foreigners, so with the help of international volunteers, the local children can experience global awareness while volunteers can feel the warmth and kindness of a rural Korean community.

Uiryeong is a small town famous for its beautiful scenery and for the delicious traditional Korean rice cakes called "Bangae-deok". Since the government usually develops infrastructure depending on the population of the region, many people in this area are isolated from the benefits. Although it’s a good place to live, since there are not enough job positions, parents work in a nearby city and come back late. The project is in support of a children’s center providing care, educational and entertainment programs for about 30 children and youth in the community.

Volunteer work: The international participants will organize and manage cultural and education afterschool programs such as English language classes for children of different ages who attend the center. The children at the center are mainly elementary school students and few middle school students. They normally stay at the center after school, from 2 pm until around 9 pm.
Any kind of activities and ideas are welcome, as long as they provide the local children with opportunities for cultural exchange. The local children are very open to new programs and interested about the different countries in the world.
The volunteers will work from Monday to Friday while the kids are at the center.

Free time: There is a sports complex nearby. You can also visit many traditional sites around this area such as mountains, temples, villages, palaces, etc.

Profile of the volunteers:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching (especially with non-formal methods)
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Skills to manage club activities (e.g. music, dance, sports, theatre, etc.)
• Interest about Korea (learning the language and culture of the local area)
• Initiative, positive and out-going personality

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in the local children center.

Location: Uiryeong, Gyeongnam-do province in the southeast of Korea. About 5 hours from Seoul by Express bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $540 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

Education and cultural exchange program for Korean children
Samcheok, Gangwon          June 24 - August 21, 2015

Volunteer project: From the early 1980s, during the Korean industrialization, people started moving to the cities for a job. Unfortunately most of these people were financially disadvantaged and while they were working till late at night, children had not been fully cared for in terms of security, nutrition and education. Due to this reason, religious institutions started providing services for children. This is the beginning of the Local Children Centers. In 2004, these places were recognized officially as a shelter for children who are in need, under the law. And they have been partly supported by the government. However, financial support from the government is still quite limited. The Local Children Centers are operated by a local church.

The centers have many children who are growing up in families with one parent, or grandparents. The centers provide children with not only a shelter so that they are protected until their parents come back from work, but also with educational and cultural opportunities, so that they can open up a door to a new experience. Most of the children have fewer opportunities for meeting foreigners, so with the help of international volunteers, the local children can experience global awareness while volunteers can feel the warmth and kindness of a rural Korean community.

Samcheok is a city of tourism with beautiful beaches and a cave. But the standard of living is not developed nearly as well and the education facilities are not enough for the local community. The host organization is a local church and they run local children's center to provide educational and cultural opportunities to children. They offer not only studying with books but also various extracurricular activities to them. Musical team and Korean traditional music performance team, which are particular offering of this center, perform a road show for local people. The host wants to give the kids an intercultural experience through the volunteers' participation.

Volunteer work: Together with Korean volunteer(s), the international participants will organize and manage cultural and education programs such as foreign languages (mainly English), various outdoor activities, etc. for the children who attend the local Children's Center. The children at the center are mainly elementary school students and few middle school students. They normally stay at the center after school, from 2 pm until around 9 pm.
Any kind of activities and ideas are welcome, as long as they provide the local children with opportunities for cultural exchange. The local children are very open and interested about the different countries in the world.

Free time: There are many beautiful beaches, mountains and sightseeing places to visit during the free time. A big fish market is also famous in the area.

Profile of the volunteers:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching (especially with non-formal methods)
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Previous volunteer experience with teenagers, interest to work and socialize with them
• Experiences related to music or theatre
• Skills to manage club activities (e.g. music, dance, sports, theatre, etc.)
• Interest about Korea (learning the language and culture of the local area)
• Initiative, positive and out-going personality

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: In the local children center.

Location: Samcheok, Gangwon Province in the northeast of Korea, about 4 hours from Seoul by Express bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $540 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Giving education and equal opportunities to rural children
         Yeongwol, Gangwon          June 24 - August 21, 2015

Volunteer project: The Local host organization is Local Children Center. The center was established in 2007 aiming at helping children’s growing healthily for disadvantaged children in single-parent and dual-income family or being raised by a grandparent. The center has two objectives, one is to protect neglected children from hunger, danger and lack of cultural & educational opportunities and the other is to take care of their welfare and education. The center is one of the best local children center in Ganwon province being selected as excellent facilities center in 2009 and 2010. The children in the center won the Popularity Award 2012 in defense contest. The center has 34 children and 4 teachers working for the children.

There are 4 kinds of education program for the children as followings:
- Protection: health hygiene, safety direction, meals
- Education: basic learning classes (Korean language, Mathematics, Science and Social studies), Physical training, Special activities (Defense, Japanese, Art & Music)
- Culture: Making ceramics, Forests activities
- Welfare: child & parent counseling

The center also provides various opportunities to develop children’s skills and career through Art therapy, Vocational internship, Specialty development (learning Ocarina) and Native English learning activities connected local universities and community centers.

The center is located in rural area and it’s very isolated. There are many working parents till late at night under the poor economical condition. For this reason, the children in the center have less opportunity to be educated culturally. International volunteers will help them to have fare opportunity educationally and culturally. The children can experience global awareness and broaden view of life and way of thinking.

Roles of Center:
-Protection: Guidance for daily-life, nutrition (meal providing), staying until parent’ back from work
-Education: Help of homework, teaching school’s subjects (English, Science etc.)
-Entertainment: Provide various activities(travel, sports, music, arts, picnic etc.)

Volunteer work: Volunteers are asked to
- Play with the children
- Organize English classes every day (2~3 classes a day)
: Teaching English to primary school students and middle school students will be your main task. Their level of English is mostly basic except some of middle school students. So they are lack of confidence and interest in English. However, children started to be closed with English, thanks to foreign volunteers from last November. You will be a good present for them.
- Organize cultural learning class once a week
: If you have any special skill, you can also lead activity class with children. (Music, drawing,,)
- Join the weekend activities
: Sometimes, you are asked to join weekend activities with children on Saturday; go to the cinema, mountain.

Teaching Information:
-Age & Number of students: 34 children from 8 to 16 years old
-Number of Teachers: 1 director, 3 teachers and 1 cook

Free time: Feel free to visit the surrounding Gangwon area, participate in various local festivals, experience Korean mountain climbing, and visit nearby historical sites. There is a famous river named Jucheon, surrounded by mountains. If you are a nature lover, Yeongwol is the place for you!

Profile of the volunteer:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Love for children
• Previous volunteer experience with children (preferred but not necessary)
• No strict dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan)
• Interest about Korea (learning the language and culture of the local area)
• Initiative, positive, out-going and open-minded personality

Number of participants: 3

Language: English

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter, resume and a picture are required with application.

Orientation and training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a mandatory 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive training on long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in a dormitory room near the local children center.

Location: The Center is located in Yeongwol gun, Ganwon province surrounded by beautiful mountains and a shining river. It takes 3 hours by bus from Seoul and is nearby East sea area such as Donghae and Samcheok and one hour by train.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport; Yeongwol Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $540 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro

The extra fee is intended to support the hosting organization who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival on the project.

                                                                                                         

 

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Cadip volunteer project review:

"The project I took part in was a whole new experience for me. I have never been to Korea and am glad I had decided to go. I met some really great people and made some great friends. I went all on my own so it was like my very own adventure. I faced some challenges and some uncomfortable situations but overcoming them and finding my own way through them gave me a proud feeling. I felt like even if I am on my own I am confident that I will be fine no matter the situation. It was also nice helping people and then just an act of help can put a priceless smile on their face. I wish I could have helped/done more and made an even greater permanent difference."

Samaher R.,
Cadip volunteer 2012

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