Ever year in September, the annual DMZ International Documentary Film Festival is held in Paju-si, where DMZ is located. DMZ is an abbreviation for De-Militarized Zone, a painful reminder of the divided Korean peninsula. The DMZ covering 20Km north and south of the two Koreas’ border, carries a special meaning socially and environmentally. The DMZ Film Camp aspires to convey these themes – peace, communication, and environment – and hopes to engage youths of the world to portray them through a film. GWC Volunteers will join in to make a film together as a group, and also volunteer with their help during the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival. You as a volunteer will get first hand experiences on the challenges of making real life documentaries in person. This will help you learn the nuances and understand the very psyche of the people in distress. Join hands with GWC and help poor villagers across the borders of Korea live life with a smile and dignity.
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 (Film Festival) 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.