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Volunteer Opportunities - Seoul Area

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Volunteering in Korea is possible through a number of different organisations:

Many of the clubs and associations offer opportunities to volunteer in a number of different ways. Click here for a list of associations and clubs.
1. Board and Committee Members: most organisations look for people to sit on committees or to be on their board of directors. Membership in the organisation is required.
2. Community Service: some of the organisations offer opportunities for community service either within the organisation or by providing information on volunteer opportunities outside the organisation. Generally membership in the organisation is required.

ANGEL HOUSE VOLUNTEERS get together the first and/or third Saturday of each month to go to Angel House, which house about  50 disabled residents. The volunteers commit to cleaning the facilities, doing laundry, cooking food, basic personal hygiene for the residents, and having fun with the residents. Angel House is located in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do. To join or get more information contact kikihero@gmail.com or see the group's FB page. K4E has posted an article on Angel House's founder.

ANIMAL SHELTER VOLUNTEERS are needed to play with or walk abandoned/rescued pets in some shelters, including CARE's Adoption Center in Seoul.  
FOSTER HOME FOR DOGS and CATS: You can also help out by fostering a dog or cat until a permanent home can be found for it. 

BEAN is an active networking, volunteering and social group for young professionals in Seoul. BEAN seeks to connect busy people, both Korean and expat, with professional backgrounds through Leadership, Friendship, and Service.  We have regular visits to orphanages to play with children and teach them English, as well as other monthly volunteer and social events. BEAN can be contacted through their website.

CAMARATA  MUSIC COMPANY OUTREACH (Teach Music):CMC is currently developing music education programs within several orphanages and other organizations that serve underprivileged children. These programs involve providing music lessons to children on a regular basis.  If you can commit to at least a six month time period, you can teach regular music lessons to a child. CMCis looking for volunteers that can teach any instrument. Basic Korean conversational skills not required but helpful. For more information about volunteering please email ckim@camaratamusic.com. The Camarata Music Company is a non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for people, both Korean and foreigners, to perform beautiful classical music together.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY in Korea builds home for low income families or families who have lost their home as a result of a natural disaster both in South Korea and abroad. There are apparently Habitat for Humanity affiliates in different parts of the country. You can e-mail Habitat for Humanity Korea at habitat@habitat.or.kr.

GLOBAL VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS offers opportunities for a number of different volunteer activities through the Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center such as helping with craft projects at a center for the disabled, teaching English for less-fortunate children, and an exercise / food service activity at a center for the homeless. For more information click on the Global Village Volunteers (above) or write to pthussey@citizen.seoul.kr.

HOUSE OF SHARING - International Outreach Team organises and conducts tours, in English, to the House of Sharing, a home for the survivors of the Japanese military's 'Comfort Women' sexual slavery camps. The tours are held on alternating Saturdays and Sundays once or twice a month. To get involved with the group, you should first come as a visitor to the House during one of the tours. To reserve your space on the tour, e-mail sharinghouse@gmail.com. (K4E has the schedule of House of Sharing tours in What's Going On). After experiencing the tour, you can apply to be a volunteer. Requirements include a long-term commitments, free weekend days once a month, and some background knowledge of the history of the issue. To be a tour guide, Korean is not necessary but is a plus. Translators for the Halmoni's personal testimony are also always helpful. The group is currently in the process of producing materials for a free history curriculum for international use and volunteers interested in research, transcription, and translation work are needed. 

KOEM - The Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation is dedicated to managing and improving the marine environment in South Korea through efficient prevention of pollution caused by spilled oil and other pollutants as well as educational activities. They are looking for both Korean and foreign residents to volunteer with them. Each year, the KOEM organises a number of events to mark World Wetlands Day on 2 February. For more information or to volunteer, contact koem.cepa@koem.or.kr.  

Korean Mountain Preservation League is committed to work as a non-governmental, non-profit organization to help preserve Korea’s highlands. Through campaigns, collaboration with other NGOs, and education and practice of the minimal impact code, it is our goal to ensure the natural integrity of Korea’s mountains, their ecology, their cultural heritage, and their remarkable splendour. If you have any inquiries, comments, complaints, suggestions, or wish to receive more information on how you can join the KMPL, volunteer, or help the group in any other way, please contact volunteer@kmpl.org.

METEOR YOUTH VOLUNTARY CLUB - METEOR FRIENDS is a student organisation, managed and created by students, and also a member of the Seoul Youth Center for Cultural Exchanges. METEOR university students will help guide foreign visitors/residents around Seoul at no charge, while high school students teach English to children from low-income families. The group also organises various monthly voluntary activities or events in which both Foreign and Korean nationals can participate. METEOR FRIENDS is a new category of members created in (July) 2010 for foreign nationals who wish to be members of the Meteor Youth Voluntary Club. Tel: 02-919-6606 and ask for LEE Jeong Min. Email: dgdk09@gmail.com. Website has English information. You can post your tour or member application on the website. However, if you don't want the application to be on public view, send it to meteorteens@gmail.com.

PSCORE "PSCORE "People for Successful Corean Reunification," is a non-profit, non-religious, non-partisan NGO based in Seoul, South Korea. PSCORE strives for mutual understanding and harmony between the two Koreas and aims to provide a platform to discuss topics such as democratization, human rights and social issues. PSCORE hopes to bridge the gap between South Korea, North Korea and the international community. PSCORE is an acronym for ‘People for Successful Reunification; using the ‘C’ to represents the pre-20th century connotation of the word Korea.
The three main project fields PSCORE work with are: the education program for North Korean defectors living in South Korea, awareness campaigns concerning the human rights situation in North Korea and the promotion of public discourse for reunification.  For tutoring and other volunteer opportunities, click on Pscore above for a direct link to their website or contact them directly at pscore@pscore.org. More information can also be found here.

PLUR stands for Peace, Love, Unity, & Respect. Members volunteer with local communities, NGO's, and other aid associations throughout the world dealing with social issues such as poverty, street children, sick, elderly, etc. Many of the members are "pretty much young adults that just want to spend our time and talents to help people." The group in Korea volunteers with soup kitchens, orphanages, etc. The contact person is oh_daniel21@hotmail.com.  The group is listed on Facebook as: Volunteer for PLUR!
Volunteers usually meet inside Sookmyung Women's University Station. Blue line #4, stop 427, between exit 1 and the ticket counter on Fridays (usually 6PM and Sundays (usually 7PM).

SEOUL VOLUNTEER CENTER has begun  a program for foreign volunteers (launched August 2009), that allows for partnering with a Korean volunteer where language may be an issue. Activities include helping the elderly with errands or odds-and-ends around the house, visiting orphanages to play with the children and teach English, or organizing environmental cleanups around the city, etc.. The Seoul Volunteer Center has smaller branch offices in each of the 25 administrative districts of the city. When you click on the website, scroll down to the "Foreigners' box and fill out the volunteer application form.

UNESCO Cross Cultural Awareness Program (CCAP) offers foreign residents the opportunity to share their culture with Korean youths. They are typically asked to visit schools and present their own culture to the Korean students in collaboration with a Korean volunteer. Anyone, regardless of age, sex, religion or country of origin, can participate in the programme. Tel:  (02) 755-4623, Email: ccap@unesco.or.kr,  

The Women’s Global Solidarity Network (WGSAN) is a group of foreigners and Koreans that work together on a range of women’s human rights issues, including the issue of Japanese military sexual slavery, human trafficking, rape as a tool of war, and modern forms of sexual slavery. WGSAN runs monthly English tours at the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum in Hongdae, Seoul as well as putting on other events, including documentary screenings, art exhibitions and workshops, throughout the year.  Members also join the halmonis for the weekly Wednesday protests in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. More information available on the WGSAN website

WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS KOREA helps connect volunteers to various women's organisations in Korea - teaching English, editing, etc. Volunteers should speak English and if possible a little Korean. Tagalog speakers are also needed. The group organises the Wild Women Performing Arts Festival, which is held twice a year, to raise funds for Korean Women's Associations United. For information, contact angelahime@hotmail.com or angela.firefly@gmail.com.

ENGLISH TEACHING: scroll down for the page listing English teaching volunteer opportunities.

K4E Note: If you know of other volunteering options in Seoul and elsewhere in Korea, please let us know through info@korea4expats.com

See also Advocacy Groups

Last Updated on 2015-03-22

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