Ancient meets cutting edge in the unique character of South Korea. As one of the most technologically and scientifically advanced countries in Asia, South Korea is still loyal to its Confucian legacy, seeking harmony and balance in all areas of life. Tireless efforts by South Koreans have led to a tremendously successful recovery from both World War II and the Korean War. In South Korea, sunny springs are followed by hot, rainy summers, which then give way to a bountiful autumn showing of colors every year. Many travelers come to see its modern cities, but with beautiful mountains, enchanting ancient temples, and serene rice paddies, South Korea is an ideal destination for all.
United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in South Korea, you will be hosted by ICYE South Korea, ICYE’s South Korean partner organization. ICYE South Korea has been helping volunteers help South Korean communities since the mid-1980s.
Volunteer in a center that builds a sense of community spirit among the disabled, both young and old. The center empowers its members by helping them become more self-sufficient, dispelling prejudices, and organizing activities that involve the local community.
Assist with the daily running of a children’s home where abandoned children are given shelter, food, and education. Volunteers can work in the kindergarten, lead creative activities and games, and participate in the children’s development, depending on their interests and experience.
Participate in social welfare programs that ensure that the elderly enjoy a good quality of life. 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 center.
Work with children from low-income families and assist with workshops and courses designed to keep the children interested in learning. Workshops include arts and crafts, sports, and language-learning. Volunteers act as classroom assistants and participate in workshops and games, supporting and encouraging the children.
Have a cup of tea in Seoul’s traditional Insadong district. It still has dozens of secluded places serving traditional brews.
Seoraksan National Park is located outside the fishing village of Sokcho, in the North-East corner of Gangwon-Do. During the peak fall seasons, it is a great climbing, hiking spot.
Korea’s dirtiest, most enjoyable festival takes place each July on the west coast – don’t forget your soap!
The most distinctive temple complex in the country, Guinsa’s paths wind snake-like routes up a tight, remote valley in Korea’s heartland.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6-month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline||Late Deposit Deadline|
|January 2018||$9,075||$12,445||Monday, July 31, 2017||Monday, September 4, 2017||Monday, September 18, 2017|
|August 2018||$9,475||$12,645||Monday, March 5, 2018||Monday, April 30, 2018||Monday, May 14, 2018|
Enroll by the Early Bird Deadline and take $300 off your Quest fee.
Please note that deposits received after the Regular Deadline (before the Late Deadline) require an additional $150 fee.
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don't just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.