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

Daegu is a charming city bustling with energy that emanates the best of both the old and the new. With its rich ancient culture, it is steeped in tradition and a proud history, yet, with its progressive technological outlook, it is totally poised and ready for the future. Daegu can boast that as one of South Korea’s largest cities, it is an economic powerhouse for the country, a place to be seen for the fashionistas, and at the same time, one of the most beautifully idyllic and vibrant places to proudly call home.

This culture week program will let you jump right into the mix and see the magic in motion for yourself. You will get acquainted with the city by making your way around the streets, visiting neighborhood markets, and discovering local attractions including: temples, parks and museums. In the process, you’ll give yourself plenty of time and ample opportunity to mingle with the local people, taste their cuisine, speak a bit of their language and catch their vibe. Your culture week experience will prepare you for all that is to come during your stay, and expand your knowledge of local customs. It will also provide moments for you to share some of what you have to offer in exchange, as you are immersed in the dynamic South Korean cultural scene.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you get familiar with your local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Cultural Introduction and Language Class
  • Lunch
  • Village Walking Tour
  • Welcome Dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Seomun Market
  • Lunch outside
  • Visit City Center,
  • Visit Historical park
  • Visit Modern Museum
  • Dinner

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Daegu National Museum
  • Lunch outside
  • Dong Deagu Station Shopping Street and Mall
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Temple
  • Lunch outside
  • Head back to the Center
  • Cooking Class
  • Dinner (Enjoy the result of your efforts)

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Dinsa Dong Otgal Village
  • Lunch outside
  • Head back to Center
  • Project Discussion and visit to Placement
  • Complete Evaluation
  • Dinner
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:        Basic

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.