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PROJECT NAME: CULTURE WEEK
LOCATION: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Set out on an adventure through Korea, using trains and local metro systems to explore the picturesque beaches and countryside. Experience life like a local by indulging in mouth-watering chicken and beer at charming neighbourhood pubs, trekking through breath-taking mountains, and admiring the stunning scenery.
Located in the heart of Seoul, the cosy guesthouse is just an hour away from the airport and surrounded by youthful artists and a lively marketplace bursting with activity every day. During the week-long program, you will learn about the rich culture and traditions of Korea while immersing yourself in Korean life.
Participating in Seoul Culture Week is an excellent way to familiarise yourself with Korea and get comfortable before starting your volunteer placement. By the end of the program, you will be a confident Seoulite, able to navigate your way around Korea with ease!
Days and Hours
Usually, Seoul Culture Week features 3-4 hours of scheduled activities each day, including tours, learning to write your name in Korean with a brush, or trying out a placement. The rest of the day and weekends are free for you to spend as you please. You may wish to take a day trip or go on a hike, or simply relax and unwind at the guesthouse. The local team is available to assist you in planning and making reservations for your chosen activities.
It is recommended to bring a variety of clothing options, ranging from casual wear to business casual attire, similar to what you would wear in your home country. While there are no strict rules regarding clothing for your free time, please ensure that you pack appropriate work attire for your upcoming placement. It is advisable to bring clothes that can withstand dirt or damage, and it is highly recommended to bring work gloves and boots.
Our projects are situated in different parts of Seoul, but most of the scheduled activities during Culture Week will be located in central Seoul. The local team will accompany you to all activities. The most efficient and cost-effective method of transportation to and from activities in Seoul is by taking the metro or bus. Travel times will vary depending on the activity, and you should anticipate spending between 33-60 minutes traveling each way.
Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a bustling and dynamic metropolis that seamlessly blends modernity with traditional Korean culture. With a population of over 10 million people, Seoul is a vibrant and exciting city that offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visitors can experience traditional Korean culture by visiting the city’s many historic temples, palaces, and markets, or they can indulge in the city’s vibrant nightlife scene by visiting its many bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. Seoul is also known for its innovative technology, fashion, and music industries, making it a hub of creativity and innovation.
- Introduction to Korea for the first time visitor
- a chance to share the Korean culture and experience
Add-ons (additional charges will apply, please ask us to check with the local team!)
- Additional Korean language lessons
- Traditional Korean activities (making traditional paper, making miniature temples, kite etc)
- Day trip or weekend trip to other cities
Food & Accommodation
You will stay in a local hostel in Seoul. Rooms are shared but you can upgrade to a private room for an additional fee. The accommodation is conveniently located close to the airport and to the city centre and includes shared rooms for 2-8 people, western toilets, heating, and hot showers. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and wifi is available in the common areas. There are laundry facilities on site, and a friendly pub is open to all the guest son first floor of the guesthouse for everyone to enjoy. The accommodation is located near the subway station and is walking distance to shops, mini-mart, ATM, supermarket, local restaurants, and coffee shops.
Breakfasts are prepared at the accommodation. Lunch and dinner will be provided at various partnered restaurants near the accommodation which you can choose from, but most of the meals will consist of typical Korean dishes. Occasionally the lunch meal will be provided outside of the centre according to program schedules.
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
Culture week is a great option for first time visitors to Korea, and who want to learn about this unique culture. It is an opportunity to meet the other volunteers, get comfortable with the culture and area, before the start of your project, which can help you ease into your volunteer project a little easier.
- 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
- Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
- 1 day orientation
- Daily transportation to project
- In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.
A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Incheon Airport (ICN). You must arrive from 10:00 to 21:00 on Sunday. If arriving on the Saturday, we charge US$50 for the extra night’s accommodation, and $50 for a private transfer.
If arriving in the week, you will need to make your own way to the accommodation, and arrange your own accommodation until the weekend.
Breakfast at the accommodation
Korean Language Lesson part 1
Walk around (get to know the neighbourhood)
Visit to Royal Palace or the Shrine
Welcome Party at the accommodation
Breakfast at the accommodation
Korean Language Lesson part 2
Calligraphy: Writing your name in Korean with a brush
Carving/making authentic Korean stamp
Visit to traditional market “Gwangjang market”
Breakfast at the accommodation
Free time (Hang out at Han river?)
Visit to COEX mall
Planning for weekend getaway. Local coordinator will help arrange and book necessary accommodation and transportation.
Hangout in Gangnam
Breakfast at the accommodation
Visit to Jogyesa temple. Make lotus lantern
Hiking to Cheongwadae observatory
Visit Bukchon Hanok village
Live music jazz bar (optional)
Breakfast at the accommodation
Cooking class (Korean food cooking)
Lunch (self-cooked meal)
Hike up Namsan mountain to the Seoul Tower.
Finale party at the accommodation
Dinner is not included
***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***
Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
This historic palace was built in the 14th century and showcases traditional Korean architecture and culture. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony, explore the palace grounds and museums, and even rent traditional Korean costumes to wear while touring.
Hike in Seoraksan National Park
Located in the eastern part of the country, this park is famous for its stunning mountain scenery, including the highest peak in the Taebaek mountain range. Hiking trails range from easy to challenging, and visitors can also enjoy hot springs, temples, and scenic waterfalls.
Explore Jeju Island
This volcanic island off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula is a popular destination for its unique natural beauty and cultural attractions. Visitors can hike up Hallasan Mountain, explore lava caves, relax on the beach, and visit museums showcasing the island’s history and culture.
Experience the nightlife in Hongdae
This trendy neighborhood in Seoul is known for its lively nightlife, street performances, and music venues. Visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, and bar-hopping in the area, and catch performances by local indie musicians and street artists.
Attend a traditional Korean festival
South Korea is home to a variety of traditional festivals throughout the year, showcasing the country’s culture, history, and heritage. Festivals such as the Boryeong Mud Festival, the Andong Mask Dance Festival, and the Jinju Lantern Festival offer a unique and immersive experience for visitors.
Visit the DMZ
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone between North and South Korea that has become a popular tourist destination. Visitors can take a guided tour to see the Joint Security Area, the Third Tunnel, and other sites that offer a glimpse into the country’s tense history.
Shop at Myeong-dong
This bustling shopping district in Seoul is a must-visit for fashion and beauty enthusiasts. It’s home to a wide range of shops, from high-end luxury brands to street vendors selling trendy accessories and cosmetics.
Visit the Jeonju Hanok Village
This historic village in the southwestern part of the country offers a glimpse into traditional Korean architecture and culture. Visitors can walk through the winding alleys lined with traditional houses, enjoy local cuisine, and participate in cultural activities such as making traditional crafts.
There are no further requirements for this program.
We recommend everyone to bring a functioning smartphone to use the map and taxi apps etc. and to use at your free time.
South Korea is a country located in East Asia, known for its vibrant culture, stunning natural scenery, and modern infrastructure. With a population of over 51 million people, it is a highly developed and prosperous nation that has made significant contributions to global industries such as technology, entertainment, and automotive manufacturing. South Korea is also home to a rich cultural heritage, with ancient temples, palaces, and museums showcasing the country’s fascinating history and traditions. Overall, South Korea is a dynamic and exciting country that combines traditional values with modern innovations, offering a unique and multifaceted experience for visitors and residents alike.
The climate in South Korea varies depending on the region and time of year. Generally, South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures averaging around 25-33°C (77-86°F) and occasional monsoon rains. Winters are cold and dry, with temperatures averaging around -5 to 5°C (23-41°F) and occasional snowfall. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C (50-68°F) and colourful foliage.
The southern regions of South Korea, such as Jeju Island and Busan, tend to have milder winters and warmer summers compared to the northern regions. The mountainous regions in the east, such as the Seoraksan National Park, experience cooler temperatures year-round and heavy snowfall during the winter months, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Overall, the climate in South Korea offers a variety of seasonal experiences, from cherry blossom viewing in the spring to skiing in the winter.
South Korea has a rich and unique culture that is deeply influenced by its history and geography. The country is known for its emphasis on respect for elders, social hierarchy, and a strong work ethic. This is reflected in various aspects of daily life, from the use of formal language to the importance of education and career success.
South Korea is also known for its music and entertainment industry, particularly in the K-pop genre, which has a massive following globally. The country’s cultural heritage is preserved through various traditional festivals, historical landmarks, and art forms such as traditional dance, music, and crafts.
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