Volunteer in Korea


Organic farming with the residents of an alternative community
Sanan, Gyeonggi       March 19 - June 5, 2019
Sanan, Gyeonggi       September 17 - December 13, 2019

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 among 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, eggs and nuts

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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Accommodation: A private room in the village dormitory.

Location: Sanan Village, Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi-do Province, about 1.5 hours south-west of Seoul by bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Hyangnam Bus Terminal

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Developing the tourism potential of Sejong
Sejong, Chungcheongnam       March 19 - June 5, 2019

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. Since it is in the process of development, the city is trying to improve its appeal, spread information and promote itself as a tourist destination.

Volunteer work: Participants will have the following tasks:
- Supporting activities to introduce Sejong to local people in other regions
- Improving posters and leaflets of tourist attractions in Sejong City
- Helping local people with manual works
- Activities and interaction with local residents

Free time: The volunteers can visit famous places in Sejong in the spare time.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Interest in local regional cultures
• Interest in organizing activities and promoting the regional features
• Any prior experience in tourism or area introduction is welcome

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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Location: Sejong, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Jochiwon Train Station

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English to the students of Green Dream School
Muju, Jeonbuk       March 19 - June 5, 2019
Muju, Jeonbuk       September 17 - December 13, 2019

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 about 40 students at the school, at the age of 16-18, and 20 teachers, one of whom is an 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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

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 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English to underprivileged students
Seocheon, Chungcheongnam       March 19 - June 5, 2019
Seocheon, Chungcheongnam       September 17 - December 13, 2019

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will be teaching English to students in a middle school in Seocheon. The school provides education to 61 boys and girls from poor families. The school has 3 principles: Live Independently, Know Correctly and Do Diligently. The school was opened in 1950 and in 2012, the dormitory was built where students can stay for free. The school has 3 grades. The students study English every morning from Monday to Thursday. They are highly interested in learning English and meeting foreign volunteers.

Volunteer work: Volunteers' main task will be teaching English to the students. They will also take part in other classes such as PE, playing music, etc. and will join outdoor activities with the students. Volunteers can organise their own language or culture class if they wish. Students are 13 to 15 years old. Working hours are Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 hours a day.

Free time: During weekends, homestay activities with local people are planned.

Profile of the volunteers:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching
• Ability to teach and communicate in English
• Previous volunteer experience with teenagers, interest to work and socialize with them

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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Accommodation: A private room in the school dormitory / homestay during weekends.

Location: Seocheon, Chungcheongnam-do

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Seocheon Station

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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After-school education program for children in Yeongwol
Yeongwol, Gangwon       March 19 - June 5, 2019
Yeongwol, Gangwon       September 17 - December 13, 2019

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
- Organizing activities for children in the center
- Help with farming and manual 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 around 30 kids (7 to 15 years old) and 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: 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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

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: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English and cultural understanding to children in rural areas
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam       March 19 - June 5, 2019
Uiryeong, Gyeongnam       September 17 - December 13, 2019

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, 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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a house.

Location: Uiryeong, Gyeongnam-do province in the southeast of Korea, close to Busan, the second largest city in Korea. About 5 hours from Seoul by express bus.

Terminal: Incheon International Airport, Uiryeong Bus Terminal

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching in an Alternative school in Yeongcheon
Yeongcheon, Gyeongbuk       September 17 - December 13, 2019

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 that mainly focus on uniqueness, relationship and creativity: Uniqueness to find oneself, Relationship to acknowledge differences and Creativity to be able to change oneself. The school strongly believes that education is not just knowledge but also 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 such as art, science, math, etc. They will also take part in some classes along with the students such as gardening, sewing, etc.
There are 20 to 30 students at the school, 6 to 15 years old. Working hours are Monday to Friday (5-7 hours a day).

Free time: The school may invite you to join their field trips and outdoor activities like hiking or cycling.

Profile of the volunteer:
• Teaching experience or interest in teaching
• Interest to work and socialize with teenagers
• Independent to manage your own free time

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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Accommodation: In a shared room 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: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Science education and development programs in Busan
Busan       September 17 - December 13, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will join the activities of a welfare center in Busan, founded by one of the leading Korean companies in the rubber industry. The aim of the center is to pursue social contribution activities for creating shared values in the local and global community and promoting sustainable development by supporting talent development and development for the underprivileged. It is an educational and cultural space that drives community development and especially supports the growth of children and youth. The center provides space and support to creative and educational activities of citizens, young start-ups, social enterprises, NGOs and cultural and arts organizations.

Volunteer work:
- Supporting the educational activities related to science or creativity
- Working in a rehabilitation center and a children's day-care center
- Participating in various programs of young startup NGOs
- Helping with manual works as needed
- Sharing information about volunteers’ countries or global citizenship for cultural exchange classes in school or other local centers.

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

Profile of the volunteer:
• Experiences in organizing cultural events
• Interest in science or prior educational experience related to science
• Interest in teaching and socializing with local people and teenagers

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.
Dormitory style accommodation and meals during the training are provided.

Location: Busan

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

Age range: 19 - 40 years old

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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