Voluntary Work In South Korea
In addition to being one of the most technologically and scientifically advanced countries in Asia, South Korea is loyal to its Confucian legacy and seeks harmony and balance in all areas of life. South Korea has a low rate of unemployment at 3.3% and 15% of the population lives below the poverty line. The capital city, Seoul, is over 600 years old and is just four hours away from Guinsa, the headquarters of Buddhism in Korea. Despite its technological advances there are large sectors of the population that live in poverty and as tradition gives way to modernity, there are many sectors of society that need support as they risk becoming marginalized. Volunteering in Korea will give you the chance to discover this unique culture while assisting local communities to develop further.
Voluntary projects include:
Children & Adults with Disabilities - Volunteer work in a center that hopes to build a sense of community spirit that is inclusive of disabled people, both young and old. The center works with its members, empowering them by helping them become more self-sufficient, dispelling prejudices and providing activities for them to do that involve the local community.
Social Projects - Volunteers assist with the daily running of a children’s home where abandoned children are given shelter, food and an education. Volunteers can work in the kindergarten and lead creative activities, games and participate in the children’s development depending on their interests and experience.
Working with the Elderly - Volunteers participate in social welfare programs that aim to ensure that the elderly enjoy a good quality of life. Some of the activities include helping in the daily care of people who can no longer look after themselves, spending time with those who do not have support from their family, helping the elderly participate in the center’s workshops and helping with the day-to-day running of the centre.
Education - Volunteers help children from low-income families, participating in workshops and courses designed to keep the children interested in learning and to give them skills and opportunities that they would not have access to otherwise. Workshops include arts and crafts, sports, and languages. Volunteers act as classroom assistants and participate in workshops and games, supporting and encouraging the children to learn.
If you wish to take up paid employment In South Korea you must apply for a work permit which is valid for employment from a sponsoring employer. For more details contact your nearest embassy of the Republic of Korea.
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