South Korea Volunteer Quest

Volunteer in South Korea: 6 or 12 months

“Planning a trip to a foreign country where everything and everyone are essentially alien to you can be fairly stressful. With United Planet you can rest assured that your trip will be an experience filled with cultural exchange, exciting excursions, and photos that will awe your friends back home.”

-- Paolo, United Planet Volunteer

What makes a United Planet Long-term Quest unique?

United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100 % cultural immersion experiences. Long-term Quest volunteer opportunities begin in August and January of each year and areavailable to U.S. and Canadian residents of all ages and skill levels.

All Quests include:

  • Personalized attention and ongoing support from Coordinators
  • Extensive pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Local home stays or on-site lodging options

We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in South Korea.

Country Information

In addition to being one of the most technologically and scientifically advanced countries in Asia, South Korea is loyal to its Confucian legacy, seeking harmony and balance in all areas of life. The capital, Seoul, is the second largest metropolitan city in the world, but is also over 600 years old and just four hours away from Guinsa, Korea’s Buddhist headquarters. Despite rapid modernization, large sectors of the Korean population still live in poverty. Volunteering in South Korea  gives you the chance to discover this unique culture firsthand while helping local communities to further develop. South Korea’s impressive modern cities are such a draw to visitors that its lush natural world is often overlooked. With beautiful mountains, enchanting ancient temples, and serene rice paddies, Korea is an ideal destination for any traveler.

United Planet and the ICYE Federation

For six months to one year, you can experience a life-changing program in one of over 30 countries across the globe. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation , founded in 1949.  Through their vast network and 60 years of experience, United Planet and ICYE offer a wide range of programs for volunteers from around the world.

Who can apply?

Volunteers must be 18 years of age to participate in the South Korea Quest. United Planet can send volunteers who are citizens of the United States and Canada or those who are currently living in the U.S. and Canada.  Citizens and residents of other countries must contact the ICYE partner in their home country. United Planet can send people from any country to our Short-term Quest locations for 1-12 week programs.  Some of our short-term volunteer placements can be extended for longer stays.  Please contact us for more information about volunteering with United Planet.

Volunteer Opportunities in South Korea

United Planet currently offers social volunteer opportunities in different locations in partnership with local organizations in South Korea.

What's Included and Program Details

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        Please see the Long-term Prices and Details page for more information on what's included in your program fee.

Quest Program Briefs

Volunteer with children in South Korea

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.

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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 project in South Korea


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.

Volunteer Accommodations

Volunteers in South Korea live with host families.

Learn about the application deadlines and program fees for this Long-term Quest.

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying?

Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help!  We'd love to talk to you. Email or call  .

Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).

Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!