The city of Seogwipo is located along a volcanic coastline which forms part of the Biosphere Reserve. Due to warm water temperature, the area is home to a year-round sub-tropical fish population. Thus is a critical habitat for marine fauna and flora, including various rare corals. People residing in the Biosphere Reserve make their living from tourism, cattle ranching, and agriculture. Sustainable development is one of the main challenges for the conservation of the biodiversity of Jeju Island. GWC volunteers will engage in marine biodiversity conservation activities to this end. They will also have the opportunity to experience the biodiversity of Jeju Island, and have discussions with local workers and youth to share ideas and experiences. This will turn out to be an amazing experience of witnessing endangered life in the danger zone. Again, this will be a lifetime experience to the volunteers who would get to help the community and will also develop good bonding with co participating volunteers coming from different international cultures. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers live life with a smile and dignity. Little gestures of help and local interaction will brighten up the lives of these poor people.
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 Jeju International Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey. But at night, you may take a stroll around and enjoy the beautiful place by exploring your surroundings.
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 Highlights 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 (Biodiversity & Culture) 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.