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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.   

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.

MUSTARD SEED arranges for volunteers to teach English to underprivileged children from low-income or single parent families. Mustard Seed meets roughly twice a month on Saturdays for three hours in the afternoon near Sindaebang station (Line 2, Stop 231). To find out more information or to get involved, contact Eunyoung Oh at dalmul@naver.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.

PROGRAM REACH -  Suwon and Ansan, Gyeonggi-do
Suwon program is a volunteer initiative run by Suwon's expatriate community. Members of REACH teach conversational English to the higher elementary and middle school students at an orphanage located near the Suwon Sports Complex. Each volunteer teaches 2 or 3 students. Classes are held every Sunday from 3-4PM and every Wednesday from 7-8PM. For more information or to volunteer: programmereach@gmail.com
Ansan program volunteers teach English at a North Korean child-care center located near Sangroksu Station (line 4 - Seoul Subway). Classes are held every Saturday from 2-3:30 PM. Tutors can volunteer every other Saturday or twice a month. For more information or to volunteer, please email: programmereach@gmail.com

TKNR (Teach North Korean Refugees) helps North Korean refugees improve their language and job skills with volunteer tutors.  Minimum requirement: three months, twice a month. Contact Casey Lartigue CJL@post.harvard.edu with questions, apply here as a tutor. Learn more via YouTube speech by TKNR co-founder. 

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

See also Advocacy Groups

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

Last Updated on 2015-08-26

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