Sunday, July 19, 2009

HABO 2 — North Koreans who need to learn English

HABO as in "help a brother out." The personal narrative of a lot of Anglophones in Korea —non-kyopo and kyopo alike, including a lot of non-English teachers — is that they're here "helping out Korea" and doing some good. While that's true for a lot of people I know, it's easy to see that for at least a few it's a b.s. rationalization of their, ahem, bohemian lifestyle. 

Anyhoo, if you'd really like to do something that would help, go find a school or organization helping to resettled North Korean refugees. They need your help with English, not only to get ahead in the workplace but even just to get by living in Korean cities today. 

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4 comments:

  1. For those who need a couple suggestions: There's a great organization called PSCORE (People for a Successful Corean Reunification) -I can never remember the Korean name for it- that has a volunteer tutoring program that connects North Korean defectors with tutors. They are currently working on improving their website, so the English content is rather lacking. http://en.pscore.org/ It's a little difficult to navigate, but their contact info is on there. It doesn't take much of a commitment, it's only once a week for an hour or two. Also this organization http://www.alwayshope.or.kr/ sounds good, but I don't have any experience with them.

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  2. Thanks for that. You saved me the trouble of looking all that up online.

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  3. I hate the Corea spelling, but I do like the way PSCORE sounds like Peace Corps.

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