Secretary General Application Period Closes Sept. 30

Secretary General Application Period Closes Sept. 30

A few months ago, I announced I would be stepping down from the secretary general position at the end of this year. I wanted to provide ample time for those who were qualified for the job to consider what working for the only adoptee-led Korean adoptee non profit and non governmental organization in Korea would mean to them. We now have to start bringing the process to the next phase where we accept applications for the position and schedule interviews.

If serving the community as the next secretary general for G.O.A.’L resonates strongly with you, please find the attached job description below. To apply, please submit your CV/resume, cover letter, and two letters of reference (one personal, one professional) to [email protected] by September 30 (KST). It is our hope to have the entire process wrapped up before the annual Christmas Party so that the local community can meet the new SG then.
 

Serving the adoptee community through G.O.A.’L has been an honor and a privilege. I hope that we will have a great pool of candidates from which to select the next leader of our organization, but we need your support in getting the word out and with potentially identifying our next leader of the organization. Please share this post with others, especially those who you think would be great for the position. Thank you for your suppport!

Read More
Korean Adoptee Life - Activities for Families

Korean Adoptee Life - Activities for Families

Korean Adoptee Life - Activities for Families

All photos are for informational purposes only and are property of their respective owners/institutions
 

Many adoptees are returning to Korea with their families. As such, many have children and wish to find appropriate family friendly activities to do in Korea. Finding opportunities for their children to interact with native Korean children may be important too. There are a variety of activities where families can spend time together as well as activities where adoptees’ children can interact and meet other children. Below are some attractions and activities to enjoy while visiting Korea with your family. Some attractions and activities may have entry fees but many museums and parks are open to the public free of charge.
 

Museums/Aquariums/Zoos

Korea has museums, aquariums, and zoos scattered around the country with many located in Seoul. The grid below has some examples. COEX aquarium is located in Seoul in the COEX mall and convention facility. Gwacheon is just south of Seoul and is accessible by Seoul’s subway system. Click the links below the photos for more information.
 

Seoul_Childrens_Museum.jpg

Seoul Children’s Museum

COEX_Aquarium.png

COEX Aquarium

Gwacheon_National_Science_Museum.png

Gwacheon National Science Museum

Alive_Museum.jpg

Alive Museum (N Seoul Tower)

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 5.47.40 PM.pngChildren’s Museum, The War Memorial of Korea
Seoul_Zoo.png

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 4.18.13 PM.png

Lotte Aquarium

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 4.29.53 PM.png

Aqua Planet 63 (아쿠아플라넷 63)

 
 

Cafes

While there is no shortage of cafes in Korea, not all are convenient for families, especially those with young children. However, these days there are cafes being created specifically for parents/guardians to enjoy with their children. Many of these cafes have food, drinks, and activities that cater to children and the parents/guardians that accompany them.

 

Lilliput Kids Cafe has many activities for kids, admission is per child and they have multiple locations.

 

Petit5’s website says it’s a multi-store where Moms and kids can have an enjoyable time together - food, fashion, parties, learning, and playing. The cafe is located in HanNamDong (한남동).

 

Cat and dog cafes are also quite popular but they usually have age restrictions. More unique animal cafes include a cafe that has sheep as well as one that has raccoons! Click the links below the photos for more information.
 

IMG_0139.JPG

Cat Cafe Example

Liliput_Kids_Cafe.jpg

 

Lilliput Kids Cafe (키즈카페 릴리펏) (MAP)

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 12.47.48 PM.png
Petit5 (쁘띠5)

306084_516647595021247_1679999603_n.jpg

Thanks Nature Cafe (Sheep)

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.58.20 PM.png

 

Blind Alley (Raccoon) Map Link

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 1.03.04 PM.png

Dog Cafe Example (Map)

 

Parks/Outdoors

While Seoul has a reputation for not having many outdoor spaces, contrary to popular belief, there are many areas to enjoy the outdoors in and around Seoul as well as all over Korea. Korea also has a few theme parks, the most famous ones being Lotte World and Everland. Water parks are also popular in Korea as well as outdoor public pools. There are also many hiking, camping, and biking areas all over Korea. The Korean National Park website is here.  Click the links below the photos for more information.
 

Lotte_World.jpg

Lotte World

233950_image2_1.jpg

Han River Park

774643_image2_1.jpg
Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌)
Seoul_Forest.jpgSeoul Forest Dream_Forest.jpgDream Forest (북서울 꿈의 숲)

park.jpg

Seoul Children’s Grand Park

621302_image2_1.jpg

Seoul Grand Park

2374967_image2_1.jpg

Everland

753576_1_175.jpg

Water Parks in Korea


Festivals/Exhibitions

Korea has many different festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. Depending on when you are in Korea, you can enjoy festivals and celebrations not only in Seoul but in other areas of the country as well. Other festivals coincide with major national Korean holidays. Check the schedule of Korean holidays here. Click the links below the photos for more information on some of the festivals in Korea.
 

Lotus_Lantern_Festival.jpg
Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (연등회)
1607952_image2_1.jpgYeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제) 1993552_image2_1.jpg
Damyang Bamboo Festival (담양대나무축제)
 

I hope this post gives an idea of what you can enjoy with your family while in Korea.

 

Helpful Links

 

Korea Tourism Organization

Korea Tourism Travel Hotline

Tourist Information Center

Volunteer/Goodwill Tour Guide

###

Do you have more questions about activities to enjoy with your whole family while in Korea? Contact the G.O.A.’L Community Mentor!

Read More
Korean Adoptee Life - Advanced Level Language Student Interview

G.O.A.’L offers Korean language scholarships to a variety of universities located in Seoul. Today I am happy to bring you an interview with an advanced level Korean language student and recipient of G.O.A.’L’s Korean language scholarship. All words and thoughts are the interviewee’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of G.O.A.’L, its staff, or any university.

Can you give a brief introduction of yourself and how long you have been in Korea?

I’m a 34-year-old French adoptee currently working as a language teacher in Korea. I have lived in Korea for over 8 years.

How long have you studied Korean and where have you studied?

I have been studying for one year and two months at Kyunghee university, including a break for one semester.

How has being an adoptee affected your experience throughout Korean language school?

An ardent desire to learn the language to make a connection with Koreans and at the same time desperation because learning is so tough.

What unique perspective does being an adoptee add to being an advanced level Korean language student?

Unfortunately, reaching the advanced level doesn't mean fluency (yet). In my definition, a Korean adoptee in Korea is also a foreigner and an expat, who has to deal with the language and the cultural barriers. Climbing up the levels and becoming advanced helps to make those barriers less stressful and the experience of living in Korea smoother.

What can adoptees look forward to at language school?

An opportunity to learn the Korean language and culture, which are priceless.

How have you managed your time while being in language school?

I had to work to pay for everything and study at the same time. Often I could not rest and had very long days. It was challenging at times.

What motivates you to learn Korean? Has your motivation changed during your time in language school?

Not speaking the language was, for me, like being socially handicapped, especially since my expatriation is a long term one. I had many stressful events at work or in my social life. I still believe learning Korean is a necessity.
 

What challenges have you dealt with while studying Korean?

Teachers in my school were well educated and aware about different races and cultures of students. However, there were some students that had stereotypical views of others, especially those that were from environments that are not very racially or culturally diverse.

Also, for me, it was hard to mingle with my classmates due to the age gap and that adoption is not common in some of my classmates’ home countries.

Any advice for future adoptees that will study Korean language at a university program?

Keep going the more you can. Enjoy learning the language with other students. Consider yourself a foreigner to the language and culture (because you are at the time you come back to Korea).

###

I would like to thank our scholarship recipient for participating in this interview and sharing her thoughts about studying Korean. To learn more about the G.O.A.’L language scholarship, click here! The winter scholarship period is open as of today!

Read More
2016 IKAA Gathering Workshop

2016 IKAA Gathering Workshop

2016 IKAA Gathering Workshop

IMG_0875.JPG
 

On Thursday, August 4, 2016. G.O.A.’L held a workshop at the 2016 IKAA Gathering in Seoul, South Korea at Lotte Hotel Seoul. As many of the adoptees attending the Gathering were first timers to Korea, G.O.A.’L hosted a panel introducing the organization, and services we offer adoptees such as birth family search assistance, assistance with settling in Korea, and more. G.O.A.’L’s secretary general, birth family search director, birth family search mentor, and community mentor all spoke at the event.
 

IMG_0874.JPG

We had a great turn out as nearly 60 participants attended.
 

IMG_0873.JPG

Many participants came to learn more about G.O.A.’L as well as the adoptee community within Korea. A brief Q&A session with the G.O.A.’L staff followed the workshop. Thank you for attending our workshop.
Visit our website 
for more information or contact us directly!
Read More

Pages