Week 21: Kona Volunteer's Day

Gwangju Travel Blog

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Sang Gyung and her storymap.

Since August I've been volunteering with KONA (the Korean Organization of Natural Approach) whose purpose is to teach orphans and under-priveleged children to read and speak English by studying storybooks and presenting them to their peers.  Once a month I go with a korean family to DongMyung Welfare society, one of several orphanages in Gwangju.  For two hours we read stories with the kids, play educational games on computers and help them create and present story maps.  The kids not only are the pupils but also the teachers as they share what they've learned with their peers. 

This month all of the individual volunteers and families came together for the first ever KONA Volunteer's Day at Gwangju University.  We discussed our volunteering experiences with the dozens of children in our program and also shared our personal motivation for helping others.  Koreans, Filipinos, Canadians, Kenyans and Americans alike found a common ground despite our varied backgrounds.  We all enjoy volunteering, not only because we are doing a service  but because doing so makes us happy. 

rogerstea says:
Hi! I realize that you were in Korea a few years ago, but I was wondering if I might ask you a few questions. Do you know how to get in touch with KONA? I'm looking to volunteer in Korea this summer and as a Korean adoptee, this looks like a wonderful opportunity. I appreciate your help!
Posted on: Mar 15, 2010
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Sang Gyung and her storymap.
Sang Gyung and her storymap.
KONA volunteers at Gwangju Univers…
KONA volunteers at Gwangju Univer…
Su Jin working on her story map.
Su Jin working on her story map.
Presenting a story map.
Presenting a story map.
Orhans and KONA volunteers at Dong…
Orhans and KONA volunteers at Don…
Front row: the shy orphans; back r…
Front row: the shy orphans; back …
Volunteers and Orphans at the Kona…
Volunteers and Orphans at the Kon…
Reading together.
Reading together.
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