2013/14 Korea guide to Alternative Gift Giving

Christmas is upon us. With just a few days until this glorious holiday why brave the cold weather and crowds to go shopping for another tacky Dongdaemun sweater? Instead what about giving back to the glorious country that you are living in? Here is my 2013/14 holiday alternative gift giving guide.

This year  think about donating in you or your

favorite expats name or pledging to put in some

 volunteer hours in 2014!

If you are interested in Korean Charities please Like! our Facebook page where we will be highlighting a different Korean charity and how to get involved during our ’12 Days of Giving’  event happening during the 12 days of Christmas.
VOLUNTEER Give the gift of time


Animal Shelters- Play and walk with pets at animal shelters and adoption centers in and around Seoul  For a complete list of shelters and contact information visit Korea for Expats:
Build Homes
Habitat for Humanity
Help build homes for low income families or those families who have lost their home do to natural disasters.
Community Involvement
Global Village Volunteers
Help become  involved in the Itaewon-Hannam community by volunteering to help at one of the Global Village Center programs including craft projects for the disabled, teaching English for less fortunate children, food services activities at homeless shelters and exercise programs.
Disabled Residents
Angel House
The first and third Saturday of each month volunteers go to Angel house where 50 disabled residents live.  Volunteers clean the facility, do laundry, cook food and spend time with the resident.
Homeless Ministry
Hope for Korea
This ministry goes out on the streets every Sunday from 3-6pm near Yeongdeung-po station to hand out food and clothing to the homeless and provide fellowship.
General Volunteering
Korea International Volunteers-meetup group
Providing volunteer opportunities including working at soup kitchens, teaching English, and feeding the homeless.
Camarata Music Company
http://camaratamusic.com/ ckim@camaratamusic.com
Teach music in one of several orphanages and other organizations that server underprivileged children through CMC’s music education programs.
Korean Kids and Orphan Outreach Mission provides a complete list of orphanages throughout Korea excepting volunteers.
Eastern Welfare Society Orphanage
Help hold play with and feed babies ages new born to one years old.
Rescue NK
20,000 Korean refugees live in South Korea. Every Saturday Rescue NK raises awareness in Insadong about this crisis.
A one on one tutoring program with teachers and refugees.
DONATE! Cash and items to Reputable Charities
Cash donations:

Amnesty International Korea

Information and education about human rights for a better world through public action.

Child Fund Korea

CFK operates a “children-in-need” program, a “prevention of child abuse” program, a “severely-ill child aid” program, and many more to achieve the happiness of children around the world. 11th Floor ChildFund building, 95 Mug
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Korea was initiated in 1992. HHK Korea builds houses people below the poverty line.
Korean Association For Conversation of Nature (kacn)




Korea Natural Environment Preservation Association was founded in December 1963 on 24 hours now took 42 years, is named.
Korea Foundation for Women Charity
The Korea Foundation for Women that had started raising the first nongovemmental fund for women in the Republic of Korea with full hope to give a bright future to our daughters who live a new century by entering the new millennium could have embarked on with hopeful project to create new history in new millennium due to the participation of various people.
Korea Red Cross
Red Cross assists people in emergencies and keeps communities safe every day. They offer blood donation service, emergency/general relief programs, and health/safety education.
Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights
The goal of the organization is to contribute to the advancement of the human rights in North Korea.
Pearl S.Buck Foundation
An international volunteer group that helps multi-cultural families in Korea.


Save the Children, Korea
We have been working in Korea since 1953, providing free surgery for children with congenital disease , child abuse prevention and treatment, subsidy for children in low-income families and education of children’s right. Save the Children will take care of children under no protection in Asia and all over the world , as well as children in Korea.

Save the Children was reorganized by combining Child Protection Fund,Inc. with Save the Children Korea in June 14, 2004. Strengths of each organization were maximized to provide more children with love, hope and courage.



World Vision Korea

Non profit organization whose primary purpose is to help children for those who are in need by giving them God’s love. 24-2 Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul.
New and used goods
Beauty Store
Donate what you don’t need to those who need it so that your used items become more valuable and meaningful. Items you donate are sold at the Beautiful Store and profits generated from our shops are used to support your neighbors in need.


Christ’s Joy
Accepting all kinds of baby goods, food, and  clothing to be donated at orphanages and women’s homes throughout Korea.
Goodwill Store
A thrift store giving employment opportunities to physically and mentally challenged individuals.  There is a store located n Songpa and a collection bin in Itaewon.
Hope for Korea

Hope for Korea is a ministry working under Teen Challenge Korea. We started about four years ago and have since been out on the streets every Sunday afternoon and evening handing out clothes and food to the people we meet, and making friends. We started out as Project Yeongdeung-po with a bunch of young students, but we changed our name to Hope for Korea

and  joined Teen Challenge Korea.  If you have donations please e-mail us because we’ll take about anything.
Itaewon Global Village Center (and many other Global Village centers)
Takes donations of clothing, shoes, household items, books, toys, kitchen utensils, small sports equipment, and small household electronics to be used in community outreach.
Second Hand Rose Thrift Store
We offer gently used items for all those with access to the Yongsan Garrison.We are a non-profit organization, all proceeds benefit USFK and Korean charities. If you do not have access to Yongsan base, volunteers from our shop are more than happy to arrange a pick up your donations, just call us to arrange it.
The Salvation Army Thrift Store
The Salvation Army Thrift Store operates family stores of recycling as well as never-used products under the Salvation Army Korea Territory. All the profits from our stores are used to support people in need in the community and fund drug and alcohol abuse treatment and rehabilitation programs at ARC. The Salvation Army ARC provides several different programs to the drug and alcohol addicts, and helping them to work together in cooperation through job training and to return to society again.
 *Editors Note: Much of the information provided about these charities has been taken directly from the charity’s website or affiliated websites.


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