There are two frequently-asked questions regarding volunteer activities in Korea. First, should I join volunteer activities in Korea? Second, how can I sign up? I hope that sharing my experience can help you to have a better perspective and answer the above 2 questions.
Benefits of Volunteering in Korea
Volunteer activities are always respected and well appreciated by Koreans.
The benefits that volunteering in Korea brings are more points when changing visa and a better appearance on your job resume.
Plus points for visa change
For the status of a foreigner living in Korea, the ‘Certificate of Volunteering’ is recognized by the Korean Government and adds bonus points when changing the status of a resident. This can help you have a smooth process of changing your visa status.
Plus points when applying for a job
Some businesses and companies in Korea also have a policy of prioritizing recruiting individuals with achievements in social activities such as volunteering… For example, I used to interview some Korean companies. I always put my volunteer experience in my CV. When they saw my certificate of volunteering, they were very excited to ask me why I know about volunteering activities? The time I participated in volunteering was 2019. In addition, you can also deduct your working experience from those volunteer programs, indicating how good you are with group work and social welfare.
Some universities count your volunteer activities as credit. However, this depends on the school, like Kyonggi Uni school, over 40 hours of volunteering will be recognized as 2 credits, which is equal to 1 general subject
For me, it’s also the experience, the beautiful memories that stay with me forever that make volunteering worth it. Every volunteer program that I joined was an eye-opening experience. From volunteering, I have learned many valuable lessons. Moreover, those volunteer responsibilities gave me a sense of alterism. I feel better not only for myself, but also for the community that I live in.
I believe that the more you give, the more you receive. We should always embrace and protect each other as we live in the same community. Here in Daejeon, I mostly volunteered as a foreigner who wants to help other foreigners to adapt to life in Korea. Not only that, I know how hard it can get. Therefore, if I can make it easier for others, I will do my best.
1365 Volunteering Portal
There are many volunteer organizations that issue certificates you can use for school or immigration credit. You can find all government-approved volunteer organizations on 1365. The following shows how to register on 1365. Currently, you are unable to register on the Korean version of the site.
If you live in Daejeon, one of the best volunteer programs for foreigners is the Daejeon Support Centre for foreign residents. You can Click Here to learn more about the organization. Follow their Facebook and Instagram to know about their latest volunteer programs.