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Seoul Ecological Park Rehabilitation

Despite the significance of Han River to Korean citizens, fast economic growth and industrialization from the 60s started omitting serious pollution, causing severe damage to the environment and the ecosystem within.

Consistent efforts are required by both the government and participants to recover and rehabilitate the ecological park by doing various activities such as planting trees, picking up trash, removing harmful organisms, etc. Such efforts resulted in otters returning to Han River, which they previously abandoned due to polluted habitat.

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Description

Program Description

Han River is the essential foundation of life for Seoul citizens; however, it has suffered pollution and exploitation following the city’s development from the 1980s. Rehabilitation of river ecosystems and fostering cultural activities have been going on ever since.

The program operates at Yeouido Saetgang Ecological Park. This eco-park was built in 1997 as Korea’s first-ever Ecological Park. This park is not meant to be used actively, people are asked to maintain a certain distance from nature to preserve the natural habitats and the general environment.

Saetgang is a stream of Han River split up from the mainstream, reaching all the way to the West Sea with lots of willows, oak elms, mulberry trees etc. Herbivores such as reeds, and moonroot grass are also part of its great landscape.

Your Role – General Information

As  a participant, you will work in a supportive and inclusive team environment, where you will have the opportunity to take on a wide range of tasks. We welcome all levels of experience, and the Eco Park Managers will provide comprehensive training and assistance in all aspects of the project. It is essential to have a flexible attitude and be open to working in a diverse cultural setting.

Moreover,throughout your week, your main tasks will include and vary from planting young seedlings and tropical trees and removing invasive species and maintenance work in the plant nursery and planting terrestrial trees around sites. All activities are also supported by our Eco Park managers that are on hand to assist you with the training you may need. Daily activities will also be planned by our Eco Park managers on-site as per requirements and needs.

You will also be asked to plant trees, monitor the wetland environment, build environmentally friendly fences, pathways for animals, build bird’s nests, feed wild animals etc. the work will vary day by day depending on the weather condition and the priority of tasks determined by the Eco Park managers. On a lucky day, you may even see some cute creatures like otters and ducks by the riverbank.

Meanwhile during project activities, be careful and mindful. Do not harm marine life or any wildlife. Similarly, under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited. You may also ask assistance from your local coordinators and Eco Managers for tasks that you are not sure about.

Thus, be part of these consistent efforts through the collaboration within the local community, Eco Park Management and the government in order to save and preserve our Mother Earth.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help recover the ecology and environment.
  • Learn about the Han river and its meaning to Koreans.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Schedule

Monday

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice, handling of documents & Signing up of relevant documents, South Korea Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Codes and basic Culture Lessons
  • Seoul City Tour

Tuesday to Friday

  • Placement work at the Eco Park

***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 community program.

  • 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.
  • Have a genuine interest and passion for making change in the benefits of environmental conservation.
  • Due to the length and active nature of this program and as there are lots of planting and coastal cleaning activities under the heat of the sun, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment

Personal belongings:

  • Comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dirty.
  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot such as planting activities.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hats, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly during the mangrove and planting activities.
  • 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 mangrove and planting activities.

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 in your free time.