Homeless Support in South Korea

WHY we need you in South Korea

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Hanok Village






  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required


Seoul is a bustling metropolis and the capital city of Korea. It is renowned as the birthplace of various global giants such as BTS, Samsung, LG, and the hit show Squid Game. Despite its modern and prosperous facade, homelessness remains a significant issue in the city.

The Homeless Support program collaborates with “The Big Issue Korea”, which was established in 2010 with the aim of helping homeless individuals to regain their confidence and self-respect. Unlike traditional financial aids, The Big Issue provides an opportunity for the homeless to earn a living by selling the magazine, sharing the profits with them.

The Big Issue is an internationally recognized enterprise that aims to help those without a home by providing them with a platform to sell their street magazine. By sharing the profits with these individuals, The Big Issue Korea offers financial benefits and support to help them reintegrate into mainstream society and rebuild their confidence and dignity.

The slogan of The Big Issue, “Helping people help themselves,” reflects their philosophy of providing a hand up, rather than a handout. However, being a salesperson for The Big Issue takes a lot of courage and can be exhausting, with salespeople standing on busy streets for hours shouting to sell their magazines. As a volunteer, you will accompany the salesperson and provide moral support by being there with them. Although basic English language skills are typically expected, volunteers can engage with the salesperson on a personal level by making small talk and discussing various topics.


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

  • Lend a helping hand with ‘The Big Issue Korea’
  • Contribute to UN’s sustainable development goals
  • Learn about Korea and interact with the local community

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.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $720
  • 2 Weeks - $1440
  • 3 Weeks - $2160
  • 1 Month - $2880
  • 2 Months - $5760
  • 3 Months - $8640
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


This is a really rewarding project where you can those who have fallen on tough times. If you enjoy working with people, takling and communitcating with them, and have an understanding nature, you would suit this project 🙂

  • 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

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 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.   


Arrive at Incheon International Airport

Check-in at the Accommodation

Free time



Breakfast at the accommodation (9am)

Orientation (10am)

Lunch (1pm)

Seoul City tour (2pm)

Dinner (6pm)

Tuesday ~ Friday

Breakfast (8am)

Lunch (12pm)

Volunteer with ‘The Big Issue Korea’ (3pm – 6pm)

Dinner (7pm)


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.

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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