Ecological Park Conservation in South Korea

Assist with the rehabilitation of the Han River ecosystem, including activities such as planting trees, cleaning up litter, and removing harmful organisms. These efforts have had positive results, as otters, which had left the river due to pollution, have been able to return and make the Han River their new home.

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The Han River is crucial for the livelihood of Seoul citizens; however, it has suffered from pollution and exploitation due to the city’s development since the 1980s. As a result, rehabilitation of the river ecosystem and cultural activities have been ongoing.

The volunteering program takes place in Yeouido Saetgang Ecological Park, which was established in 1997 as Korea’s first-ever Ecological Park. The park is intended to preserve natural habitats and the environment, and people are encouraged to maintain a certain distance from nature. Saetgang is a stream of the Han River that reaches all the way to the West Sea, with a diverse landscape of willow, oak, elm, and mulberry trees, as well as herbivores such as reeds and moonroot grass.

As a volunteer, you may be asked to plant trees, monitor wetland environments, build eco-friendly fences and animal pathways, construct bird nests, and feed wild animals, among other tasks. The work varies from day to day, depending on weather conditions and the priority set by the Eco Park managers. On a fortunate day, you may even spot cute creatures like otters and ducks by the riverbank.


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.

Project Tasks

  • Help recover the ecology and environment
  • Learn about Han river and its meaning to Koreans
  • Plant trees, build fences and monitor wildlife

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.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $625
  • 2 Weeks - $1175
  • 3 Weeks - $1695
  • 1 Month - $2250
  • 2 Months - $4410
  • 3 Months - $6595
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


This program would suit those who love working outdoors, don’t mind getting a little dirty, and who ve a passion for natural habitiats. This is a rewarding and impactful program, improving the lives of the local people and wildlife, whilst helping issues such as climate change and pollution. 

  • Accommodation
  • 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
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Most of our programs will include a 1 day orientation on the first day, which will include things like a walk around the local area, explanations of where everything is, ATMs, how to get local sim cards, etc, and lessons on cultural norms and what to expect.    

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. 



Arrive at Incheon International Airport

Check-in at the Accommodation

Free time


Monday (Mandatory Orientation Day)

Breakfast at the accommodation (9am)

Orientation (10am)

Lunch (12pm)

Seoul City tour (3pm)

Dinner (7pm)

Tuesday ~ Friday

Breakfast (9am)

Lunch (12pm)

Volunteer at Eco Park (2pm – 5pm)

Dinner (6pm)


Free time


***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.

Additional Equipment
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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