Global Overseas Adoptees' Link First Trip Home 2019

The application is open to current G.O.A.'L members. (If your membership is not current on the date of your application, it will not be considered).

Since 2008 Global Overseas Adoptees' Link (G.O.A.'L) has arranged First Trip Home to reconnect Korean adoptees with their origins and provide a unique experience for participants. First Trip Home is intended for adoptees that have never previously returned to Korea, and would like to do so in order to reconnect with Korea. Rather than a typical sightseeing tour of Korea, First Trip Home is focused on helping adoptees reconnect with their origins in a meaningful way with a special focus on birth family search.

Tentative dates for 2019 are: Monday, August 19th, 2019 to Thursday, August 29th, 2019.

Application is open March 5th to April 14th 2019. Please submit your application via this link

Application Procedure

a) After G.O.A.'L receives your application, you will be contacted for an interview via Skype.

b) Selected candidates will be notified via email.


Any adoptee G.O.A.'L member is welcome to apply, however, we generally select First Trip Home participants based on the following criteria:

  • You have never returned to Korea since your adoption.
  • The availability of information about your origins.
  • Interview and Essay Response

Tentative Trip Content

(The finalized itinerary will be released after participant selection.)
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Korean lesson, Agency Visits, Korea Adoption Services Visit, Cultural Activities
Birth Family Search Activities, Exploring Korea, and Closing Dinner.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with adoptees living in Korea in a casual, social environment.


You may have the possibility of appearing in different Korean media to share your story with the Korean public. Be aware media opportunities may come at short notice and/or without advanced scheduling during the trip based on media availability.


-Airfare to and from Korea
-Accommodation before the tour starts and after the tour ends.
-Meals that are not part of the official program
-Some in-country transportation (G.O.A.'L will provide some public transportation costs)

Application Deadline (All times are shown in 24-Hour time)

Seoul: May14th, 18:00 KST
Central European Time: May14th, 11:00
Los Angeles: May14th, 1:00 
New York: May14th, 4:00
Sydney: May14th, 20:00

Selected participants will be notified by email.

More Information

Email us at [email protected]