Volunteer in Korea

Organising a summer camp for Korean youth
Gongju, Chungcheongnam       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Gongju is about 150 km away from Seoul, located in the center of South Chungcheong province. Gongju is an ancient city of the Baekje Kingdom, where the brilliant Baekje culture flourished. Nowadays, Gongju is a city of history, culture and tourism.
As the population of the region is aging and rapidly decreasing, local organisations are focusing on the young people who are isolated from high education opportunities. Every year, a summer school is organised for local youth in order to teach them the value of local culture, history and nature. The international volunteers will join in the summer camp as assistants and will create new dynamics in the program by introducing international cultures.

The volunteers will organise and take part in the various activities of the summer school such as sports days, role play, intercultural food days, with about 40 young Koreans. The programs in the summer school are focusing on local community, cultural exchange, eco-friendly activities. Participants should be active as assistants, ready to mingle with the youth and also need to introduce different aspects of their own culture such as food, dance and songs. You will learn how to run a youth project and how to work in a large team.

Special requirements: Active participation in outdoor activities and strong interest to work with youth are expected.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting the historic places of Gongju.

Accommodation: In rooms in the education center in Gongju.

Location: Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do (1.5 hours from Seoul by bus)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Gongju bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Urban regeneration project in Sejong
Sejong, Chungcheongnam       July 23 - August 1, 2018

Volunteer project: Sejong City is located in the central inner area of Chungcheongnam-do and stretches north-south. In the past, the current city area was divided by the Charyeong Mountains and the Geum River into parts of Jeoneui, Yeongi, and Geumnam. However, with the recent road construction, those areas were merged into one. In 2012, by incorporating parts of Chungwongun and Gongju City, Sejong became a Special Self-Governing City.

Sejong Self-Governing City has developed in a relatively short period of time since this city was designed as a new administrative capital in 2003, one of the biggest national agendas. Nevertheless, a neighborhood called Chimsan-ri is falling behind in its development. In order to improve the environment for the residents and at the same time preserve nature, the "Sejong City Urban Regeneration Center" was established.

In this project, volunteers will interact with the local residents and will help them to renovate their town. They will do manual work in order to renovate old houses and the environment of the town, and will help residents to paint walls and houses. The volunteers will also join some community activities with the residents.

Language: English

Leisure activities: The group can visit famous places in Sejong in the spare time.

Accommodation: In a guesthouse in Chimsan-ri

Location: Sejong, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jochiwon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Cultural and education programs for the children of Wando island
Wando, Jeollanam       July 23 - August 3, 2018

Volunteer project: Wando is an island located in the south-west, about 500 km away from Seoul. There is a bridge to the mainland so that people can reach there conveniently by public transportation. Wando is famous for its seafood and beautiful landscapes.

However, Wando faces depopulation problems especially among the youth, who move to bigger cities for better educational opportunities. International exchange and experience is also rare for the local children. Therefore, this project aims to provide new experiences for the local children and youth with the help of international volunteers through diverse cultural and education programs. The project is run in cooperation with a local children's center providing social and educational services for children and youth in Wando.

The volunteers in this project will organise a Global Culture Camp. There will be 20-30 local children in the camp who don’t speak English very well. Participants will design and develop the whole program with indoor and outdoor activities such as traditional cultural activities, sports, games, choir, drawing, educational workshops, etc. It requires creative ideas and a lot of energy to get local young people exposed to new experiences.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Wando has a beautiful beach and famous tourist sites around, which you will have the chance to visit.

Accommodation: In the local children's center

Location: Wando, Jeollanam-do Province (4.5 hours from Seoul by bus)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Wando bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Reviving a traditional market in Busan
Busan       July 23 - August 1, 2018

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 the Geumjeong District of 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 largest 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.

The volunteers will support the global citizenship education program for local children through cultural exchange activities. The group will also help with some manual work in the traditional market to create a more lively atmosphere.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to have an interest in working and interacting with the local community and youth.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Volunteers will have a chance to visit historic places and enjoy the beaches of Busan during the free time.

Accommodation: In a university dormitory

Location: Geumjeong-gu, Busan

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Busan Central Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Intercultural learning and renovation in a Buddhist temple
Bonghwa, Gyeongsangbuk       July 26 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: Chookseosa Temple was founded in 673 during the reign of King Munmu of Shilla Dynasty. The founder, National Master Ui-Sang, dedicated his life to Korean Buddhism. Chookseosa means where the eagle, a symbol of wisdom resides, and also symbolizes the Bodhisattva. Ven Muyeo, one of the contemporary Korean Seon masters, has devoted himself to rebuilding Chookseosa. He has taught Seon meditation for couple of decades at Chuookseosa. This volunteer project is based in the Temple and participants will have the opportunity to experience monastic life.

The volunteers will clean and renovate the temple and its surroundings. They will also join in the Buddhist camp for children who come to experience temple culture. The volunteers will prepare intercultural learning classes through various activities. Participants should respect the temple lifestyle and follow some rules in regards to waking up early in the morning, attending morning service, sleeping, eating, etc.

Special requirements: Interest in Korean temple and Buddhism culture. Volunteers should have respect for temple rules and should enjoy playing with kids.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Trekking in the mountain and visiting various historic places

Accommodation: In the traditional temple house

Location: Bonghwa, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Bonghwa Bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Intercultural education and environmental conservation in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the most nature-oriented and clean city in South Korea. It is about 200 km east of Seoul. The area is surrounded by mountains and a river. Local young people rarely have the opportunity to experience different cultures from abroad. This project is held in cooperation with the local Children’s care center. The project site is well equipped for the activities.

There are two main activities during the project. First, the volunteers will become teachers to a group of around 30 local youth and will introduce their traditional culture to the students. They will take part in various intercultural activities. Any kind of activities and ideas from participants are very welcome such as traditional cultures, sports, games, choir, drawing, educational workshop, etc.
Second, volunteers will carry out some environmental conservation activities in a local village.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Hiking in the mountain, swimming in the lakes, visiting heritage sites

Accommodation: In the local children’s center

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province. Yeongwol is easily accessible from Seoul by express bus for about 2 hours.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jecheon bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Support a youth culture camp and create a mural for a school
Jinan, Jeollabuk       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Jinan is around 200 km away from Seoul and is famous with its beautiful scenery, the provincial park and the Mai mountain which looks like horse's ears. The residents of Jinan are concerned about the depopulation of the area, and especially about the decreasing numbers of teenagers and young people in their 20s.

The volunteers will join a Youth camp which aims to develop the global competencies of local young people by bringing a dynamic international cultural program. Participants will run activities related to their own cultures such as languages, traditional dance and games, songs, etc. The team will also help to decorate a local school with a mural painting and will support elderly residents with farming. In addition, there will be cultural exchange activities with local youth.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting the provincial park in Jinan and historic places in Jeonju

Accommodation: In a guesthouse near the youth center

Location: Jinan, Jeollabuk-do (3 hours by bus from Seoul)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jinan Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Support artists and promote public art in Busan
Busan       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Busan is the second biggest city and the largest port in Korea, and it's about 400km south of Seoul. The volunteer project is organized in cooperation with a young artists network in Busan. They are specialized in installation art and are interested in reviving the city through public art such as painting, making posters and boards, benches, etc. The works will be exhibited during the local Art Festival.
The project site is quite unique due to its location. It’s a small village in the very modern city, but located in the mountain, so it has fresh air and nice natural landscapes.

Several events are planned to promote performance art and public art. Artists from different countries are invited to take part in these events. The volunteers will assist the artists to assemble, prepare and display their art pieces. The artists are excited to work with international volunteers.

Special requirements: Interest in art. Volunteers should be highly motivated and ready for physically demanding tasks.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting various tourist sites around Busan

Accommodation: In a guest house

Location: Seo-gu, Busan (2.5 hours from Seoul by train)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Busan train station

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Global culture camp at Baekje Historic Areas
Seocheon, Chungcheongnam       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: The Baekje is one of the ancient kingdoms in Korean history. The kingdom was located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Korean peninsula and lasted about 700 years from 18 B.C. to 660 A.D. The Baekje Historic Area has eight archaeological sites dating from 475-660 A.D. including the Gongsanseong fortress and royal tombs at Songsan-ri related to the Ungjin capital Gongju; the archaeological site in Gwanbuk-ri and Busosanseong fortress, Jeongnimsa temple site, royal tombs in Neungsan-ri and Naseong city wall related to the Sabi capital Buyeo; the archaeological site in Wanggung-ri and the Mireuksa temple site in Iksan related to the secondary Sabi capital.

In July 2015, Baekje Historic Areas became a World Heritage site. UNESCO World Heritage Committee adopted a statement of the Outstanding Universal Value of Baekje Historic Areas because of its contribution to the cultural development in ancient East Asia. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of the Baekje Historic Areas among local people and volunteers from all over the world, and raising the public awareness about the site.

Participants will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the world heritage site but also to give them a chance to experience the cultures of other countries. In addition, they will learn more about the importance of the world heritage and also how other countries treat the world heritage.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places in Seocheon

Accommodation: In shared rooms with other volunteers in the school dormitory

Location: Seocheon, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seocheon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Janghang Wetlands preservation project
Goyang, Gyeonggi       July 30 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Goyang is located only one hour away from Seoul. It is very famous since contemporary culture and nature live in harmony in the city. There are a lot of natural attractions in Goyang such as the Janghang Swamp, Haengjusanseong, Korean Cultural Mountain Fortress. Goyang city received even more attention since places related to Hallyu (The Korean Wave) are located in this area, such as MBC Dream Center, Korean TV Broadcasting Center and K-pop Experience Center.

In 2006, Janghang Swamp was designated as a wetland protection zone under the Korean Wetlands Protection Act by the Ministry of Environment. Due to controls on public access, its high biodiversity and ecosystem are well-preserved.

The aim of this international volunteer project is not only to recognize the ecosystem but also to organize a Global Youth Camp. Participants will organize activities and campaigns for the preservation of the Janghang Swamp together with local students.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting cultural places in Goyang (Goyang Starfield, One-Mount) and attractions in Seoul (Gyeongbok Palace, Seoul N-tower)

Accommodation: In shared rooms with other volunteers in a dormitory

Location: Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Goyang Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Decorate a village and renovate houses for elderly people in Jecheon
Jecheon, Chungcheongbuk       August 1 - August 10, 2018

Volunteer project: Jecheon is about 200 km away from Seoul and is famous with the beautiful mountains around. There are some social issues in the city regarding the care for disabled people and dealing with the aging population. The international volunteers will take part in a voluntary service project in support of local residents. Participants will help physically and economically disadvantaged local elders by improving their living conditions. In addition, there will be cultural exchange events with the local people.

The group will do voluntary service for the local community. The volunteers will make a mural painting to decorate a local village, will renovate and maintain houses and public facilities for disadvantaged elderly, will help with farming activities.

Special requirements: Volunteers are expected to have an interest in working and interacting with the local community.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places in Jecheon, experiencing traditional Korean food

Accommodation: In the community center

Location: Jecheon city in Chungcheongbuk-do province (2 hours by bus from Seoul)

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jecheon Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Summer camp for children in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon       August 3 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Yeongwol is the most nature-oriented and clean city in South Korea. It is about 200 km east of Seoul. The area is surrounded by mountains and a river. Local young people rarely have the opportunity to experience different cultures from abroad. This project is organised in cooperation with the Youth center in Yeongwol.

The volunteers will organise a summer camp program for a group of children. The sessions in the program are quite open; there will be various and exciting activities in the river, mountains and playgrounds. The project site has different equipment and facilities for outdoor and indoor activities such as music instruments and sports equipment, so any ideas for the camp are welcome. If you enjoy interacting with youth, working outside, swimming, you will have a fascinating time with many valuable experiences on this project.

Special requirements: Interest in outdoor activities and sharing your culture.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting historic places and exploring caves around the area.

Accommodation: In the youth center

Location: Yeongwol, Gangwon province

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Yeongwol Bus Terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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Promoting the importance and historic value of Namhansanseong mountain fortress
Seongnam, Gyeonggi       August 3 - August 12, 2018

Volunteer project: Namhansanseong was designed as an emergency capital for the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), in a mountainous site 25 km south-east of Seoul. Built and defended by Buddhist monk-soldiers, it could accommodate 4,000 people and fulfilled important administrative and military functions. It is the only fortress that has been used as an emergency palace during a war so it has historical significance for the history of Korea. In recognition of its value, Namhansanseong was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. But so far it is more famous as a hiking, rock climbing and driving destination for local residents and visitors. Besides, many people have no idea that it is a World Heritage site. The aim of this project is promoting the importance and value of Namhansanseong as a World Heritage and preserving it.

The volunteers will organize a global culture camp for youth not only to raise their awareness of the World Heritage Site of Namhansanseong, but also to teach them about the importance of the world heritage in general and how other countries treat their heritage sites.

Language: English

Leisure activities: Visiting Seoul, the capital of Korea

Accommodation: In the university dormitory

Location: Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. Seongnam is a satellite city of Seoul.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seongnam bus terminal

Age range: 18 - 40 years old

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