This project is ideal for nature loving volunteers. This project is scheduled at ULJIN, a region located in the Gyeongsang Province. You might also be engaged in various activities related with Pine Tree Conservation, Local Festivals, and Cultural Sharing. First and foremost you would be expected to work for and with the local residents in organic farming. Besides this, you will also work at Sogwangri Geumgang Pine Tree Grove located in the deepest locales of Korea. While working here, you will conduct environmental activities, such as constructing and maintaining trails, preventing soil loss, restoring ecosystem, planting trees and so on for conservation for nature. It’s a perfect opportunity to re-visit the relationship between humans and the nature within the environment of Korea. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers of Korea live life with laughter while you do your bit in educating them about environment, its upkeep and conservation.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Seoul Incheon International Airport and from here take the Korail Airport Railroad (AREX) to Hongik Univ. then transfer to Subway Line 2 and travel to Gangbyeon. Come out of the subway station by Exit 3. In front of Exit 3, you will find Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. From here, go to the ticket counter and ask for Uljin. Once you reach the Uljin camp, our local staff members will be there to pick you up. From the airport to Gangbyeon, it will take approximately 90mins and cost 4,000 Won.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at the host/partner organization, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 6: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 7: You will work at the project during day time, and in the evening you might have the opportunity to participate in international cultural programs as well.
Day 8-9: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 10-13: Project work (Forest Conservation) continues.
Day 14 & 15: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at South Korea will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in at a residential house, located in the middle of the project site. The house has a living room with attached kitchen and rooms. As you will sleep on the hard floors, we will provide you the thin mattress, however we recommend you bring or arrange other bedding such as pillows and blankets. Bathrooms and toilets are located within the house. You’ll be served 3 times (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) meals a day cooked by volunteers themselves. Cooking in turns actually give you the opportunity to enjoy global cuisine. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local culture and lifestyle closely.