Culture Week in Seoul, South Korea

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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: Criminal background check required

Overview

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.

Personal Appearance

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.

Daily Transportation

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 30-60 minutes traveling each way.

Location

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

  • 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

Situated in the lively and youthful heart of Hongdae, Seoul, our accommodation stands out as a modern temple and guesthouse, offering an exceptional Temple stay experience. Set in Seoul’s most vibrant district, our unique establishment perfectly balances Buddhist serenity with urban excitement. Guests benefit from close proximity to various amenities, including convenience stores, markets, department stores, and easy access to the airport and downtown areas via public transportation.

Rooms are in dorms of the same gender, with 4-6 people per room. There is air-con, heating, hot showers, wifi, and laundry facilities at ad additional cost. For an enhanced experience, we also offer morning meditation sessions, allowing guests to begin their day with mindfulness and tranquillity.

The accommodation is located near the subway station and is walking distance to shops, mini-mart, ATM, supermarket, local restaurants, and coffee shops. There are many taxis around so you can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in the city’s centre. There are nice local cafés, convenience stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants nearby.

You will have 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch). For dinner, there is a never ending choice of delicious places to eat in Seoul! We take pride in offering breakfast options that cater to all preferences, ranging from traditional Korean temple-style (vegetarian) meals to familiar Western-style dishes.

Please inform us of any allergies you may have or any dietary requirements, so that the team leaders and coordinators are prepared and special arrangements can be made for you.

 

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All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $850
Vol House
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

FAQ

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. 

  • Accommodation
  • 2 meals p/day  
  • 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

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 17:00 on Sunday. If arriving outside the pickup times an extra fee is charged for a private transfer. You can also book an extra night for an additional fee, or make your own way to the accommodation.  

Monday

Breakfast at the accommodation

Orientation

Korean Language Lesson part 1

Lunch

Walk around (get to know the neighbourhood)

Visit to Royal Palace or the Shrine

Dinner

Welcome Party at the accommodation

Tuesday

Breakfast at the accommodation

Korean Language Lesson part 2

Calligraphy: Writing your name in Korean with a brush

Lunch

Carving/making authentic Korean stamp

Dinner

Visit to traditional market “Gwangjang market”

Wednesday

Breakfast at the accommodation

Free time (Hang out at Han river?)

Lunch

Visit to COEX mall

Planning for weekend getaway. Local coordinator will help arrange and book necessary accommodation and transportation.

Dinner

Hangout in Gangnam

Thursday

Breakfast at the accommodation

Visit to Jogyesa temple. Make lotus lantern

Lunch

Hiking to Cheongwadae observatory

Visit Bukchon Hanok village

Dinner

Live music jazz bar (optional)

Friday

Breakfast at the accommodation

Cooking class (Korean food cooking)

Lunch (self-cooked meal)

Museum

Hike up Namsan mountain to the Seoul Tower.

Dinner

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.

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyone involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe cultural experience.

  • Older participants or over 65 years are required to have a medical clearance as proof of their physical fitness as they may perform various activities.
  • Participants below 18 years old need a signed parental consent as proof of involvement of their children in the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of outdoor activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.
  • Excellent time management and self-organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, and Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Personal AppearanceYou may wish to bring a range of options from casual to business casual, similar to what you might wear at home. There is no strict restriction on the clothes you choose to wear in your free time, but please make sure you pack work clothes for the following placement.

  • It is completely fine to wear Western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols, or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting the Royal Palace and Temples.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken on foot such as hiking activities.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, and sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun, particularly during the hiking day.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during exploration and outdoor activities.

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: KR – Holidays – All Programs

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 25-30°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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