The International division of MANNAM Volunteer Association offers foreigners residing within Korea the opportunity to get involved with many aspects of the local communities' lives which are normally inaccessible. Apart from our large-scale volunteering events, MANNAM regularly volunteers at some of the institutes and community centers around Seoul. Over time a close bond has formed between the public that make use of these facilities and our volunteers. Certainly, volunteering and serving the community in this way will be a highlight of your MANNAM experience.
Here are some of our star volunteers' thoughts on volunteering.
Volunteering at Daechung Senior Center
Name: Haoyi Guo Job: Student @ Korea University Nationality: China Date: March 3rd Location:Daecheong Senior Center
"Daechung Elderly House work was really amazing. I learnt not only to do cleaning, but also sharing happiness with the elderly people, who are really kind and warm-hearted. the most impressive thing was a grandma lady hug and kiss me! Though we can not communicate by Korean language, a smile and a hug are universally understood. Thanks once again, MANNAM, for this meaningful event!"
Volunteers performing the traditional New Years Greeting bow at Daechung Senior Center.
Two volunteers help out with making a mask
The volunteers and 'their children' at Kyoungdongwon home for children near Suwon.
Volunteering at Kyoungdongwon Orphanage
Name: Matsushita Maiko Job: Working holiday Nationality: Japan Date: March 17th Location: Kyoungdongwon Orphanage
Name: Tammer Desouky Job: Engineer Nationality: Egypt Date: March 17th Location: House of Hope*
"MANNAM stands to bring people’s hearts together and to allow us to help one another! I’m certain that those who have attended this volunteer opportunity have left feeling touched and renewed by the beautiful people we encountered. When lights unite there is victory, always! House of hope is a center for the mentally disabled (of varied ages from around 7 to 30). While it is very different from playing with perfectly healthy orphan children, it is still exactly the same act of service and kindness towards those less fortunate than ourselves."