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Seoul Culture Week

Come and get a taste of Korea, the trendiest country in Asia. Experience the fast-paced, modern city of Seoul firsthand.

Discover Korea and its culture, beyond K-pop and K-movies, get a taste of real Korean food, take a walk in the royal palace, and chill out at the pubs in the coolest town in Seoul. Explore Korea with colleagues and by yourself, and get around to the beach and countryside by train and local metro. You will be able to live like a local ordering chicken and beer at local pubs, hiking up mountains and appreciating the beautiful scenery.

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Description

Program Description

The cosy guesthouse is only an hour away from the airport, and is in the heart of Seoul, full of energy, and an exciting marketplace bustling with activities every day. Over the course of one week, you will learn the rich culture and traditions of Korea, and experience life in Korea.

Seoul Culture Week is a great program to get to know Korea and settle in before starting any project placement in Korea. By the end of the week, you will become a Seoulite comfortably living and making your way to wherever you need to go around Korea.

Days and Hours

Typically, The Culture Week will have around 3-4 hours of activities, whether it’s a touristic schedule, or writing your name in Korean with a brush, or trying cooking Korean cuisine. The rest of the day, and all weekends are your free time to do as you wish. Some may wish to go for a day trip or a hike, some may want to stay in the guest house and have a chilled-out weekend. In any case, the local team will be there to help you plan and make reservations for your schedules.

Daily Transportation

Our projects are located in various parts of Seoul. Most of the activities scheduled in Culture Week will be in the central Seoul area, and the local team will accompany all the schedules. Taking the metro or bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from the activities in Seoul. Travel time varies widely from activity to activity, and you should expect to spend 30-60 minutes traveling each way.

Aims & Objectives

  • Soft-landing of participants coming to Korea for the first time.
  • A chance to share Korean culture and experience.

Add-on: +Learning

  • Additional Korean language lessons.
  • Traditional Korean activities (making traditional paper, making miniature temples, kite etc).
  • Day trip or weekend trip to other cities.
  • Additional charges will apply.

Schedule

Monday

  • Orientation
  • Korean Language Lesson part 1
  • Walk around (get to know the neighborhood)
  • Visit to Royal Palace or the Shrine
  • Welcome Party at the accommodation

Tuesday

  • 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”

Wednesday

  • Free time (Hang out at Han river)
  • Visit to COEX mall
  • Planning for weekend getaway. Local coordinators will help arrange and book necessary accommodation and transportation.
  • Hangout in Gangnam

Thursday

  • Visit to Jogyesa temple. Make lotus lantern
  • Hiking to Cheongwadae observatory
  • Visit Bukchon Hanok village
  • Live music jazz bar (optional)

Friday

  • Cooking class (Korean food cooking)
  • Museum
  • Hike up Namsan mountain to the Seoul Tower.
  • Finale party at the accommodation

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age: –

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe culture 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 for the program. If possible, accompaniment by an adult is highly advised.

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.
  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • 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 Royal Palace and Temples.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot such as hiking activities.
  • We advise wearing clothes you do not mind getting dirty or even ruining, and we strongly encourage you to bring work gloves and boots.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, 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.
  • We request everyone to bring a functioning smartphone or tablet or laptop for Korean language lessons and to use in their free time.