In 2008, three Canadian English teachers (Phil, Maria and Sylvia) and a Korean (current president, John) organized HOPE - Helping Others Prosper through English. They wanted to address the problem of unequal access to English language and other educational opportunities for children in Seoul, specifically those from orphanages, low-income or disadvantaged families. HOPE was created to provide educational services in fun, safe and accessible places for underprivileged children to learn English, free of charge. In addition to centers in Seoul, HOPE has been extending its volunteer activities with programs in smaller cities throughout Korea.

HOPE is a non-profit and non-government organization that is led and managed by foreigners and Koreans together. It is currently one of the largest volunteer-based foreigner organizations in Korea, working in approximately 20 volunteer learning centers located throughout Seoul and other surrounding cities. These centers were made possible through partnerships formed with volunteer teachers, donations and partnerships formed with like-minded, non-profit organizations aimed at helping children.

In addition to volunteer teaching opportunities, HOPE also has many other ways to participate as non-teaching volunteers. HOPE is currently working on campaigns to include serving food to the homeless and helping out at orphanages. HOPE plans to provide additional, non-teaching volunteer opportunities to foreigners that vary in cause, responsibility, activity and time commitment. Please see our “How to Help” page to find out more about how you can get involved.

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