Daegu’s Time to Give
The following is a guest post submitted directly by a Tripper and co-founder of the charity Daegu’s Time To Give.
My name is Bea and I am a 23 year old English girl living and working as an English teacher in South Korea. My two friends and I have recently set up a volunteer and fundraising organisation called Daegu’s Time to Give.
South Korea has many orphanages which care for a large number of children and young adults. Daegu is the second biggest city in South Korea and has a large number of orphanages. We set up this organisation with an aim to integrate the ex-pat and Korean community and provide supplies, fun and smiles to the children in the orphanages. Many ex-pats are eager to volunteer but find it difficult to find a suitable position due to schedule conflicts and language barriers; that’s where we come in!
We are working with 6 orphanages and welfare centres to find volunteer placements that suit our volunteers and benefit the children. These range from English teaching, to long term regular volunteering, to one day visiting and playing games!
The orphanages also face an endless list of required supplies, so we organise fundraisers to help them out. We have recently thrown a speed dating event to help provide back to school supplies.
We also organised a Christmas gift drive, where we provided 6 orphanages with individual gifts for all the children. Ex-pats collected a bag, filled it with gifts for their child, and then we delivered them on Christmas day. Hundreds of ex-pats got involved!
If you are thinking of visiting Daegu and would like to get involved, whether that be for a few days, weeks or longer then please contact us! If you have any advice, suggestions or stories then also please contact us, we would love to hear from you!
We hope to create positive and caring relationships between ex-pats and the Korean community, provide the opportunity for ex-pats to reach out to the community they now call home, and put a smile on the faces of some very deserving children :)
You can read the coverage of their speed dating event in the Korea Herald by clicking here.