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Volunteer projects in SOUTH KOREA

After-school education program for children in Yeongwol
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 $520 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          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 $520 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

Kids camp Mother we helped