Volunteer in Korea


Teaching in an Alternative school in Yeongcheon
Yeongcheon, Gyeongbuk       September 21 - December 9, 2016

Volunteer project: Alternative school is an educational establishment with non-traditional curriculum and methods. These schools are more flexible in their administration, which allows for more variety in the educational programs. They often have curriculum elements that focus on improving students’ self-esteem, fostering growth of individuality, and enhancing social skills.

The school in Yeongcheon has three philosophies they mainly focus on uniqueness, relationship and creativity: Uniqueness to find oneself, Relationship to acknowledge difference and Creativity to be able to change oneself. The school strongly believes that education is not just knowledge but helping students live happily with each other. In addition, since the school gives priority to volunteer and practical experience, it offers diverse classes that can’t be found in other typical schools, such as gardening, exercises and ecology games.

The school expects international volunteers who can interact with students and encourage them to act spontaneously, who can bring creative teaching methods and deliver information of various countries, cultures and languages. This is a very unique experience for volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal background and knowledge and learning about an unique educational system.

Volunteer work: The volunteers will be teaching some subjects to the students in English. They will also take part in some classes along with the students such as gardening, arts, etc.

Free time: The school may invite you to join their field trips, hiking, cycling.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching (especially with non-formal methods)
• Interest to work and socialize with teenagers
• Independent to manage your own free time

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 a shared room with other volunteers or students in the school dormitory.

Location: YoungCheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, 3 hours from Seoul by express bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Yeongcheon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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.

Organic farming with the residents of an alternative community
Sanan, Gyeonggi       September 21 - December 9, 2016


Volunteer project: Historically, and even today, human beings have been searching for the true definition of a peaceful, harmonious and happy life. In pursuit of the answer to this question, a group of people gathered in 1984 in what is now Sanan Village, an idealistic community which follows the philosophy of an environment-friendly, non-possessive society.

As of today, around 20 families live in this community, and the residents are encouraged to pay more attention to the preservation and conservation of the environment while also freely sharing public resources. People in the village live together, work together and share together. The volunteers are expected to follow their way of life. The main income of the village is chicken farming. Their organic products, mostly eggs, are sold at the market in the city and are popular with those who prefer organic products.

Those who are interested in a new and alternative way of living, may get some fresh ideas about their life through this program.

Volunteer work: Volunteers will assist the villagers with organic farming, taking care of chickens, and household work such as cooking and cleaning in the village kitchen. Various festivals are taking place often in the village. You will have the chance to meet many people through these events.
In the chicken house, the volunteers will be taking care of the chicks, old chickens, feeding them and giving medicines. They will be also collecting eggs every morning and will be helping in the egg selection facility. In the village kitchen, the volunteers will help prepare meals for the residents.

During the project, volunteers will be able to not only eat healthy and organic food from nature but also experience a different way of life with warm-hearted locals. There will be further cultural exchange through sports, cooking, and various activities.

The volunteers will have one day off per week and one week vacation during the project.

Free time: You can join various festivals in the village and visit historical sites around Hwaseong city and Seoul. Sanan is fairly close to Seoul, so you will have a chance to explore the capital of Korea.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Interested in agriculture and communal life
• Interested in interacting with new people
• Interest in experiencing simple farm life
• Open mind to learn from the villagers
• Flexibility and positive mind
• Not allergic to chicken and nuts

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: A private room in the village dormitory.

Location: Sanan Village in Hwaseong Gun, GyeongGi Province, about 1,5 hour south-west of Seoul by bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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.

Teaching English to the students of Green Dream School
Muju, Jeonbuk       September 21 - December 9, 2016


Volunteer project: Surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Muju, an area so distinguished as to have received the nickname of the “Korean Alps”, lies an alternative high school called the Green Dream School. The school is part of the unique education system of alternative schools in South Korea, which places emphasis on the values of nature preservation, peace establishment, democracy, and independence of thought. Alternative schools have a special curriculum offering a more flexible program of study than a formal school. A wide range of philosophies and teaching methods are offered by these schools.

Green Dream School focuses on teaching traditional Korean culture, arts and history, eco-farming, foreign languages, independent study and peace through various non-formal methods and outdoor experiences. Therefore, the school expects international volunteers who can bring creative teaching methods, deliver information about various countries, cultures and languages, and build a strong friendship with the students. It will be a very unique experience for the volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal stories and knowledge with the school students, as well as for the students who will get a chance to experience diverse cultures.

Volunteer work: Since the purpose of the project is to foster the idea of global citizenship among the Green Dream School students, volunteers will run English conversation classes (basic or intermediate level) focusing on various topics related to global citizenship (cultural differences, peace, human rights, sustainable development, and so on). Volunteers are asked to help the English teachers as well.
Also, the volunteers will join the students for some of the other classes such as eco-farming (growing flowers, vegetables, working in rice fields), sports, arts and pottery class. Volunteers will have unique experiences with the students joining them for outdoor activities (swimming, hiking), field trips, visiting cultural and historical spots of Korea.
There are 10 to 20 students at the school, at the age of 17-19 and one English teacher.
Once a week, the volunteers will teach English in a local children's center near the school.

Free time: You can join in field trips such as mountain hiking, cycling, rafting. Visiting places of interest in the area is also possible.

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
• Skills to manage club activities (e.g. music, dance, sports, theatre, etc.) and outdoor activities
• Interest about Korea (learning the language and culture in the local area)
• Initiative and active personality
• Flexibility and positive mind

Number of participants: 2

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: A shared room with other volunteers or students in the school dormitory.

Location: Muju, Jeollabuk-do province in the southwest of Korea, about 3 hours south of Seoul by express bus. The Muju area is surrounded by mountains and has easy access to tourist sites and large major cities including Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Muju Anseong Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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.

After-school education program for children in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon       September 21 - December 9, 2016


Volunteer project: Local Children's Centers in South Korea provide shelter for children after regular school hours as well as educational and cultural opportunities. Most of the children in rural areas have fewer opportunities for meeting foreigners and getting high quality English education compared to kids in urban areas. And although international marriages are quite common in rural areas, local residents still lack the understanding of multiculturalism. So the children are facing discrimination in school, cultural and language difficulties.

This project will play an important role in bringing a taste of international culture to the local children. The volunteers can give these children a chance to interact with foreigners and understand other cultures. And English can be the tool for understanding Korean children and interacting with them. The local children's center welcomes you to organize your own class with your talents and ideas.

Volunteer work: The volunteers' duties include:
- Teaching English classes to primary and middle school students
- Taking care of children while they are in the center
- 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 and field trips 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, outgoing 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 shared room with other volunteers in the children's center.

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province. It is 5 hours from Seoul by bus. 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, Jecheon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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       September 21 - December 9, 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 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, Busan Bus Terminal (Nopodong)

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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 experience program for Korean children
Samcheok, Gangwon       September 21 - December 9, 2016


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 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 educational facilities are not enough for the local community. The local children's center provides educational and cultural opportunities to children. They offer not only studying with books but also various extracurricular activities to them. 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 experience classes and education programs including foreign languages (mainly English), various outdoor activities, games, movies, book reading, 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, 8 to 16 years old. 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 children, interest to work and socialize with them
• 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 a shared room in the local children center.

Location: Samcheok, Gangwon Province in the northeast of Korea, about 5 hours from Seoul by bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Samcheok Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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.

Teaching English and cultural understanding to children in rural areas
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam       September 21 - December 9, 2016


Volunteer project: Local Children's Centers in South Korea provide shelter for children after regular school hours as well as educational and cultural opportunities. Most of the children in rural areas have fewer opportunities for meeting foreigners and getting high quality English education compared to kids in urban areas. And although international marriages are quite common in rural areas, local residents still lack the understanding of multiculturalism. So the children are facing discrimination in school, cultural and language difficulties.

This project will play an important role in bringing a taste of international culture to the local children. The volunteers can give these children a chance to interact with foreigners and understand other cultures. And English can be the tool for understanding Korean children and interacting with them. The local children's center welcomes you to organize your own class with your talents and ideas.

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

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.

Short-term projects in Korea