Outreach Trip: Daegu & Busan

Outreach Trip: Daegu & Busan

On July 15, 2017 Nathan (Community Mentor) and AK (Secretary-General) visited Daegu and Busan for an outreach trip to adoptees living in and around those cities. The objective was to meet the adoptees living in those areas and also learn what services are needed or wanted for those adoptees.


After arriving in Daegu around lunch time, the G.O.A.’L staff met with two adoptees living in the area for a meal at 새마을식당 (New Village Restaurant) near East Daegu station (동대구역). We enjoyed barbecue, kimchi jjigae, and other dishes! We followed lunch with a discussion down the street at Dunkin Donuts. It was a pleasure meeting the local adoptees and spending time together!


The next stop was Busan where we met at Busan station and had our discussion at a local Angel-in-us coffee shop. For dinner, in addition to the adoptees, we met a former employee of G.O.A.’L and a staff member from the office of our auditor. We ate at a local Chinese restaurant (홍성방) and enjoyed dumplings, japchae, and other dishes. Thank you very much for meeting us and learning more about G.O.A.’L!




Special thanks to our auditor, Kihyun Park, for the dinner in Busan and Korea Adoption Services for funding the trip!


G.O.A.’L as an organization has the objective of expanding services beyond Seoul as we are aware there are many adoptees that live in other towns and cities throughout Korea.
We currently offer 100% discount scholarships for tuition to many schools throughout Korea, outside of Seoul. You can find more information here:
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What is Loopkin?

Think of Loopkin’s platform as an Airbnb for kids’ activities. You can find a kids event specialist or become one yourself and use their platform to find clients. Watch their introduction video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D92_2KikVXw

Introduction to Design Thinking

At the workshop, Loopkin explains an approach to operating and managing events called Design Thinking. This method can be applied not only to interactions and events with children but has been applied to operations within large corporations (think Google, Apple, etc). This method is used to foster collaboration between individuals and complete projects focusing on the design process and not necessarily the end result. When applied to kids events, this method is used to encourage interaction with each other and creative thinking, rather than taking direction from an authority figure like a teacher or parent.

Ice Breaking Activity: Post-It Note Drawings

In order to meet and introduce ourselves to other workshop participants, we did a short activity with Post-It notes. We first drew pictures of three things that we were good at doing. I chose to draw skiing, playing guitar, and cooking. We were then instructed to get out of our chairs and meet someone who was not at our table, after speaking with someone about your pictures and learning about theirs they were to sign their name. In the time given I was able to speak with two people. After taking our seats again, some folks were chosen at random to talk about who they met. Note that we weren’t instructed to take notes about the other people we spoke with; I suppose it was a test to see if we really were listening and learning about another person and not just concerned with our own drawings.

Design Thinking Activity: Wallet

The main design activity we did was to design the ideal wallet for a partner at our table. At first we could not speak with them and simply had to  sketch an idea from our general impression of them. Next we did a short interview of our partner to learn more about them, we were able to further explore what we found out about them in another interview session. Next we captured their needs regarding their ideal wallet and also insights about our partner to add to the design. Finally we created a problem statement to be solved by the ideal wallet.

Unfortunately we were unable to completely finish the ideal wallet design activity but it did give us a preview into the whole design thinking process and how it could be applied. It was interesting how much we learned about our partner in such a short period of time.

You can view a short clip of the workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUkEQERfD58

If you are interested in how an event with children would be operated, there is a short video of a kids Play workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ00F1bjw9Q

How is Loopkin beneficial to you?

After receiving the training that Loopkin provides, you are able to use their platform to host events and earn income. You can apply the Design Thinking framework to whatever your talents may be. For example, maybe you enjoy writing and storytelling. You could host an event for children that focuses on their creative thinking while teaching them about telling a story or the writing process. The benefit to parents and other caretakers of children is that the kids are able to socialize with one another while thinking outside the box. It also lets their parents or caretakers have a few hours without their children in order to run errands or take care of other business.

If you are already a working professional and would like to learn a new approach to completing projects or working in teams, these workshops are helpful! In just a few hours I really learned a lot about the other people that attended the workshop and, especially about my partner for the wallet design activity. It can help get your team to work together and value each other’s inputs.

Visit their website for more information: https://iloopkin.com/

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