Surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Muju, an area so distinguished as to have received the nickname of the "Korean Alps", lies an alternative high school called the Green Dream School. The school is part of the unique education system of alternative schools in South Korea, which places emphasis on the values of nature preservation, peace establishment, democracy, and independence of thought. Alternative schools have a special curriculum offering a more flexible program of study than a formal school. A wide range of philosophies and teaching methods are offered by these schools.
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Green Dream School focuses on teaching traditional Korean culture, arts and history, eco-farming, foreign languages, independent study, and peace through various non-formal methods and outdoor experiences. Therefore, the school expects international volunteers who can bring creative teaching method, deliver information about various countries, cultures and languages, and build a strong friendship with the students. It will be a very unique experience for the volunteers who are interested in sharing their personal stories and knowledge with the school students, as well as for the students who will get a chance to experience diverse cultures.
Since the purpose of the project is to foster the idea of global citizenship among the Green Dream School students, volunteers will run English conversation classes (basic or intermediate level) focusing on various topics related to global citizenship (cultural differences, peace, human rights, sustainable development, and so on). Volunteers are asked to help the English teachers as well. Also, the volunteers will join the students for some of the other classes such as eco-farming (growing flowers, vegetables, working in rice fields), sports, arts and pottery class. Volunteers will have unique experiences with the students joining them for outdoor activities (swimming, hiking ...), field trips, visiting cultural and historical spots of Korea. There are 10 to 40 students at the school, at the age of 17-19 and 1 or 2 English teachers. Once a week, the volunteers will teach English in a local children's center near the school.
Project sessions: September 17 - December 13, 2019
Training: Upon arrival in South Korea, volunteers attend a 3-day orientation before moving to the project site. At the orientation meeting, participants receive a training for long-term volunteering through conflict management workshops, case study revision, helpful advice from former participants and introduction into Korean culture.
Location: Muju, Jeollabuk-do province in the southwest of Korea, about 3 hours south of Seoul
For more information and other volunteer programs in South Korea, please go to: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-korea
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