Volunteer in Korea

Teaching English to the students of Green Dream School
Muju, Jeonbuk       March 20 - June 9, 2017
Muju, Jeonbuk       September 18 - December 8, 2017

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: 19 - 35 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

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Reviving a traditional market in Busan with artistic and cultural programs
Busan, Gyeongnam       March 20 - June 9, 2017

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 seniors at the center
- Supporting different events such as International Day of Peace and Earth hour
- Preparing and participating in exhibitions and artistic programs hosted by the center.

Profile of the volunteer: Interest in organizing cultural events and interacting with local people.

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: 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: 19 - 35 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

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Teaching English and cultural understanding to children in rural areas
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam       March 20 - June 9, 2017

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 10 to 30 children and youth in the community, 8 to 16 years old.

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 outgoing personality

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: Volunteers will be accommodated in a house.

Location: Uiryeong, Gyeongnam-do province in the southeast of Korea, close to Busan, the second biggest city in Korea. About 6 hours from Seoul by bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Uiryeong Bus Terminal

Age range: 19 - 35 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

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