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Volunteer projects in SOUTH KOREA

After-school education program for children in Yeongwol
         Yeongwol, Gangwon          September 17 - December 5, 2014

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.

Yeongwol gun is surrounded by mountains and a long river. It is a farming and nature area. 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: Together with a Korean volunteer, the international volunteers will
- Take care of children while they are in the center (assisting a hard working teacher at the center)
- Prepare and run English classes (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 the middle school students. So they lack confidence and interest in English. However, they started getting interested after the first contact with international volunteers last year.
If you have any special skill, you can also lead activity classes with children (music, drawing, etc.). You will work from Monday to Friday (from 2 to 9 pm mostly) 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
• 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 at the children center.

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon. It is 4 hours away from Seoul. Although it is an isolated area surrounded by mountains, there is a shuttle bus from the center to downtown every day.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $590 CAD

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cultural and educational programs for students in Jeongeup
Jeongeup, Jeonbuk          September 17 - December 5, 2014

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.

Jeongeup, connected to Mt. Naejang National Park and Mt. Ibam, is an especially stunning city to tour during the spring and fall seasons. But as the government usually develops infrastructure depending on the population of the region, many people in this area are isolated from these benefits. Due to this, the local youth do not have many opportunities to be involved with international people. In this respect, this project will play an important role in bringing a taste of international culture to the local children and people.

Volunteer work: The Local Children Center in Jeongeup provides protection (guidance in daily-life, providing meals and shelter), education (help with homework, teaching school subjects such as English, science, etc.) and entertainment (various activities like travel, sports, music, arts, picnics, etc.) for the children. The volunteers will support the Center in providing these services to the children.
The project site was officially opened in January of 2012. The Youth Center is aiming to develop English language programs for the local children and youth. The volunteers will plan and organize their own English conversation classes for the different age groups. The volunteers will work with 10 to 30 children, 8 to 16 years old. There are 1 to 3 teachers at the Center. Volunteers will also help other local children centers in the village. They will work from Monday to Friday (from 2 pm to 9 pm mostly).

Free time: Mountain hiking, local festivals, exploring the nearby historic sites.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching (especially with non-formal methods)
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Previous volunteer experience with children (preferred but not necessary) and interest to work and socialize with them
• 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: Dormitory room at the local children center.

Location: Jeongeup, Jeonbuk Province, in the southwest of Korea, about 3 hours south of Seoul by express bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $590 CAD

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.

                                                                                                         

 

The volunteer group Kids camp

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

 

Teaching English and organising leisure time activities for children
Donghae, Gangwon          September 17 - December 5, 2014

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.

Donghae city is located in the southeastern part of Gangwondo. The area is rich in beautiful mountains and coast. In summer time, many tourists crowd into the beach in Donghae. The children center is located in one of the poorest areas in Donghae city, and most of the children at the center are socially & economically disadvantaged. After school, children between 8-16 years of age come to the center and receive protection, meal, help with homework and take part in educational and entertainment programs (travel, sports, music, arts, picnics, etc). The international volunteers will support the center in running the different programs for the kids.

Volunteer work: Teaming up with a Korean volunteer, you are asked to:
- Take care of children while they are in the center (give a hand to a hard working teacher at the center)
- Prepare and run English classes with other volunteers (2~3 classes a day)
Teaching English will be your main task. The children’s level of English is mostly very basic. Many children in the center lack confidence and interest in learning English. However, they started getting interested in English thanks to previous international volunteers.
If you have any other special skills to teach, you can also lead activity classes with the children (music, drawing, etc.) Sometimes, you will be asked to join weekend activities with the kids on Saturday, e.g. to go to the cinema, mountain, etc.
The volunteers work from Monday to Friday (from 2 pm to 9 pm most days). There are 10 to 30 kids and 1 to 3 teachers at the center.

Free time: A big traditional market, a library and a beautiful beach are all near the center. And you can also find a modern style market, a cinema and a gym in downtown which is 10 minutes away by bus. There is a historical Buddhist temple called ‘Samhwasa’ and many famous beaches in Donghae.

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: 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: Home-stay at the pastor’s house (next to the center and the church).

Location: Donghae, Gangwon. It is 3,5 hours away from Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $590 CAD

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 17 - December 5, 2014

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.

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: Together with Korean volunteer(s), the international participants will organize and manage cultural and education afterschool programs such as foreign language classes (mainly English) 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 (2 pm - 9 pm on most days).

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
• Previous volunteer experience with teenagers, interest to work and socialize with them
• 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: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $590 CAD

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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