Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2 - 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Heating No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

Even at the end of the school day, the children can learn as they play! This is the best program for anyone who loves to engage with kids, has a passion for teaching and a penchant for fun! Since the primary focus of the after school program is to support local kids, this is where you will get to be creative force and a leader at the same time. You can expect to invest 4-5 hours per day in this program, so you may want to bring some teaching aids, games or activity sheets with you from home. While the village children are in school, you can prepare your lessons and/or activities, but you will also have some free time in your day to enjoy the local community and explore the surrounding area.

Usually, there are about 15 youngsters between 7 - 12 years old, who show up for this program, so you are going to need a lot of enthusiasm and a whole lot of energy to keep up! This way, you will be ready to go, go, go, when they arrive. Some may be shy at first, but if you are willing to be creative and are open to having fun, putting on a funny looking thinking cap will serve you well!

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the village children’s educational prospects and broaden their cultural interactions
  • Gain invaluable and practical experience in teaching English
  • Be active and proactive, as you engage local children in sports and other activities
  • Create cultural exchange opportunities with local community members

Schedule

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Lesson Plan/Activity Preparation
  • Lunch
  • Arrange/Lead activities in the After School center
  • Dinner
  • Complete Program Evaluations on Friday
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Intermediate

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Daegu is a vibrant city that is home to more than 2.4 million residents. It is located in the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea and is positioned between the capital, Seoul, and Busan. Depending upon whom you ask, Daegu is either very pleasant and progressive or stifling and ultra conservative. There is a mix of appreciation for the old traditions and culture, and a desire for change that embraces the technological advances coming in the future. Whatever your pleasure, you will be able to find it while in Daegu, from Oriental herbal medicine markets, to popular restaurants and night spots, from huge weekend markets, to underground shopping malls, from museums and temples to lush green parks. Daegu has it all!

Your Daegu accommodation is centrally located and offers Standard shared rooms for 2-4 people, western toilets and hot showers. Rooms are equipped with fans and wifi is available in the common areas. There are no laundry facilities on site, but you can hand wash laundry if you choose to do so.

Food Arrangements

Meals are prepared at the accommodation and would consist of typical Korean dishes. Occasionally the lunch meal will be provided outside of the center according to program schedule.

Facilities

This accommodation is centrally located and is walking distance to shops, mini-mart, ATM, supermarket, local restaurants and coffee shops.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Sightseeing the city, theaters, larger markets, shopping districts and other amenities are all accessible via local transport. We would suggest that if you do venture out, you should plan to return to your accommodation by 9 pm for your own convenience and safety. Depending on location, public transport may not be available after a certain hour of the day.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Korea        

Population:        51.4 mil

Capital:        Seoul

Language:        Korean

Currency:        South Korean Won (KRW)

Time zone:        KST (UTC +9)

Country Information

South Korea is a sovereign state within East Asia. It shares a highly fortified border and demilitarized zone to the north with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), which pretty much depicts the contentious relationship shared by both Korea’s. Threats of war between the two entities have resulted in outside alliances on both sides that serve to maintain separation and make the possibility of reconciliation unlikely at this time. South Korea is a country that values it ancient traditions and history, but is also a burgeoning tech savvy industrialized nation, which currently has Asia’s third largest economy. It is governed by a fairly liberal, albeit flawed democratic government, with a constitution which guarantees substantial participation, freedoms and benefits, including universal healthcare to its people. For many, life in South Korea is good because its workforce has a high level of education and skill, which helps it maintain a leadership position in the region. Education in South Korea is very serious business. It is extremely competitive and students are pushed to the highest levels of academic excellence, which may also contribute to a high level of stress among students 10-19 years of age who are focused on admissions to prestigious universities.

Climate

Temperatures can vary depending on whether you are in the mountainous or coastal areas of South Korea and they have all four distinct seasons throughout the year. You can expect winters that can be frigid, and very warm summers, which are also host to the rainy season known as Jangma.

Culture

Korean culture is based on ancient tradition with a strong focus on the family unit. Many aspects of daily life were greatly influenced by Japan and China and the country has moved forward in  a way that has allowed it to move from a once underdeveloped country to one with a strong economy. Patriarchy is still alive and well, with specific gender roles and educational opportunities still providing men with preferential treatment, even though the constitution guarantees equality for both men and women. Marriage is very much expected and although divorce is frowned upon, it is becoming more common. Ancient customs coupled with the integration of new standards and technology are reshaping life in this country. Freedom of religion is enjoyed in South Korea, with major practices of Buddhism and Christianity. Korean Confucianism is not actually an organized religion, as much as it is a philosophical practice that sets the moral tone for most of the country. More than half of the country recognize it as a great influence, even though they may not claim any religious affiliation.

Gastronomy

Food is an important component to the culture of South Korea. Meals are generally rice based and include side elements of fish, meat or vegetables. Noodles and tofu are often components of a typical plate. One of the typical dishes one might find at a local restaurant or market is Kimchi. It is the national dish and is made from fermented vegetables, often cabbage and usually spicy. Another dish you might want to try is Bulgogi, it is a Korean specialty made with marinated beef that is grilled to perfection. The cuisine of the country is emerging as a favorite amongst other countries and it is pretty easy to find Korean BBQ just about everywhere you go.