Seeking Volunteer Mentors for Adoptees with Disabilities

"My experience with the new G.O.A.L outreach program has been very positive and enlightening. It is because of this newly developing program that I have hope that I will be able to successfully live and work in the ROK when I relocate there in July of 2019. Despite the fact that I will be facing unique challenges living with cerebral palsy in the ROK, I am confident that the knowledgeable staff will continue to guide me through the process of navigating through these unique challenges as they arise. I encourage Korean adoptee[s] who [have] the desire to visit or live in their motherland to follow their dreams and aspirations. In my opinion being uniquely abled doesn't have to stop you from following your heart's desires."

-Megan G.

 

G.O.A.’L’s new Outreach to Korean Adoptees with Disabllities (KADs) program aims to better accommodate KADs that visit or relocate to Korea via a mentoring program and education about available Korean disability benefits. The program’s goal is to reduce the anxiety KDAs may experience when traveling or deciding to live in Korea. What is mentoring? Mentoring is a practice that has been effective and recognized for centuries helping people develop knowledge, skills, motivation, and confidence. Mentors can demonstrate by their own examples on what is possible, assisting disabled people to both define and achieve success in their own lives. Mentoring people with disabilities is becoming an important effort in Korea. The following are general requirements for mentors:

  1. Must be a Korean adoptee that has lived in Korea at least 6 months or more
  2. Must have patience and have a willingness to guide the KDAs as a mentor
  3. Can provide information such as helpful mobile applications, useful Korean phrases, and how to use public transportation.

​The potential outcomes and benefits for the Korean Adoptees with Disabilities are as follows:

  1. Disability Pride
  2. Improve self-advocacy skills
  3. Increase independent living skills
  4. Improve motivation and self-esteem
  5. Healthy relationships with family, friends, co-workers, etc.
  6. Interest in having a job/career and the knowledge
  7. Interest in continuing education and knowledge
  8. To gain a life-long friendship with their mentor

​The potential benefits of being a mentor for Korean Adoptees with Disabilities are as follows:

  1. Learn more about disability and knowledge of your subject
  2. Increase confidence and motivation
  3. Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by G.O.A.’L & the adoptee community
  4. Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  5. Gain a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  6. Developing a life-long friendship

For Outreach to KADs, the one-to-one mentoring will involve matching candidate with an adoptee with a disability from our community. The mentor and mentee will communicate through face-to-face meetings, phone conversations, KakaoTalk, and other means as necessary. The majority of the activity will take place within the first week of the adoptee’s arrival to Korea. Before arriving to Korea. The adoptee & their mentor will be put in contact with each other. We will have an orientation meeting for all the volunteers who are interested in becoming a mentor for Korean adoptees with disabilities. The orientation will include techniques and advice for mentoring a person with a disability.

Please contact Teri at outreachkda@goal.or.kr for more information and how to get started!