Greetings,

As the Director of Programs, I am pleased to announce this year’s 2012 First Trip Home.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!

Since 2008, the Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link (G.O.A.'L)  First Trip Home has aimed to reunite adoptees with their birth families and provide a unique experience for the participants. First Trip Home is intended for adoptees that have not previously returned to Korea, and would like to do so in order to conduct a birth family search.  Rather than a typical tour of Korea, our First Trip Home is centered around birth family search and reunion.

This year's First Trip Home has been extended to 10 days rather than the usual 5 days; to include a culture tour to Jeju-do.  Jeju-do is the island south of the peninsula and the home of Mount Halla, the highest mountain in South Korea.  

This year’s program will take place Thursday September 13, 2012 to Saturday September 22, 2012.

Participants will receive lodging, partial meal coverage, airfare reimbursement**. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit their adoption agency and other relevant places to birth family search. In the case that a birth family is not located, participants will have the possibility of appearing on KBS or YTN to expose their story to the Korean public.

Tentative Itinerary: (The finalized itinerary will be released after participant selection)

Day 1:  Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Opening Ceremony

Day 2-4: Jeju-do Trip

Day 5-10:  Birth Family Search, cultural activities, free time and Closing Ceremony

**Travel reimbursement is up to 500,000 Korean Won (reimbursement will be paid in Korean Won and will be calculated based on the day you purchase your airfare to your local currency).  Reimbursement is available in the order of application. You will be reimbursed 50% upon arrival, and 50% upon departure.  

Multi-destination itineraries are not eligible for reimbursement (a transient lay-over of less than 10 hours is not considered multi-destination).

To apply, please visit our online application: G.O.A.’L 2012 FIRST TRIP HOME APPLICATION
*Please note, email address is required to confirm your registration and application

Our Selection Criteria is based upon the following:
1) Never returned to Korea since adoption;
2) Availability of birth family search information;

*selection process is NOT determined by when application is submitted.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012: 23:59 KST
Paris/Copenhagen/Geneva/Stockholm/Rome: June 30, 2012, 4:59 PM
Los Angeles, June 30, 2012, 7:59 AM
New York, June 30, 2012, 10:59 AM

SELECTED PARTICIPANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL ON FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012.

If you have further questions please contact me at [email protected]

Aloha,

John
Oh Myeong Seok
Director, Programs

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