If you know of other opportunities, please let us know.
Volunteer in South Korea With Other Groups
Discussion: This is not volunteering per se, but a great way to learn and stay informed. Catacombs is a weekly meeting held in central Seoul by American missionaries Tim and Sunmi Peters, who’ve been working to help North Koreans for many years. More information can be found here.
Editing: From time to time, ICNK needs help editing or rewriting something that has been roughly translated from Korean into English. Note, this tends to be feast or famine — you may give your name to them and won’t hear anything for a long time and then suddenly a large amount is needed immediately. Do the best you can, but be careful not to over-promise in such situations. It’s best to review the document before giving an estimate on how long it will take to complete it. For example, two pages might mean 500 or a 1000 words and the quality of the translation might be very good or very poor. Please allow for time to ask questions about parts you do not understand or are unclear. Also, find out who the audience of the edited work will be. If it is just something that needs to be understood, e.g., email correspondence, it does not need to be perfect and will take much less time than something that must be edited to a native speaker level — e.g., a formal report on research findings. To learn how you can help, visit ICNK’s website here.
One-On-One Tutoring: PSCORE has a program that matches North Korean defectors who are now students in South Korea with tutors in many subjects. Tutors work one on one with students in order to best meet each student’s individual needs and learning goals. If you’d like to learn more about them and join their program, please visit their website here.
English tutoring/Speech Coaching/Mentoring: Teach North Korean Refugees is an excellent organization that specializes in one-on-one individualized English tutoring, speech coaching, and mentoring. If you’d like to learn more about them and join their program, please visit their website here.
There is a demand for people to serve in shelters. Ideal candidates are of East Asian ancestry, speak Korean and/or Chinese, and have a background in social work. We do not do this directly, but can put you in touch with the right people. Before we would attempt to place you there will be a screening and training process in Seoul.
Get Involved with the Movement for North Korean Freedom from Anywhere
– Organize a screening or fundraiser.
– Host an exhibition on North Korea’s political prison camps at your school, church, local gallery, or art space.
– Translate for us via e-mail.
– Send us suggestions and designs for campaign ideas, slogans for T-shirts, posters, etc.
– And be sure to visit the page start your own street campaign.