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Korea Overseas Volunteers Program
Overview
World Friends KOICA Volunteers program dispatches Korean nationals to partner countries to share expertise, knowledge, and experience in order to make practical contributions to their socio-economic development. Between 1990 and 2010, a total of 7,806 volunteers were sent overseas to work in sectors such as education, health, rural development and information & communication technology (ICT).  
 
The World Friends KOICA Volunteers program is an important part of Korea's grant aid program, since it encourages the exchange of human resources. This program strengthens the impact of Korea's foreign aid, and enhances mutual understanding between Korea and its partner countries. Furthermore, the World Friends KOICA Volunteers program expands opportunities for the Korean public to take part in Korea’s growing development assistance programs. In other words, the World Friends KOICA Volunteers program helps to raise awareness on development cooperation and strengthen public engagement.

The World Friends KOICA Volunteers program consists of eight stages: demand surveys, recruitment of volunteers, pre-departure orientation, departure, local adaptation training, placement and overseas service, completion of service, and support for returned volunteers. In order to collaborate closely with local partners and support World Friends KOICA Volunteers operations overseas, KOICA is increasing the number of World Friends KOICA Volunteers coordinators and World Friends KOICA Volunteers support staff at KOICA overseas offices.  
 
Dispatch of World Friends KOICA Volunteers by region from 1990 to 2010

Region

Total

Asia

Africa

Latin America

Eastern
CIS

Middle East

Number of volunteers

7,806

4,677

1,441

1,047

594

47

Percentage
(%)

100.

59.9

18.2

13.4

7.6

0.6

 
Dispatch of World Friends KOICA Volunteers by sectoral from 1990 to 2010

Sectoral

Total

Education

Health

Industry
Energy

ICT

Governance

Rural
Deve-
lopment

Environment
Gender

Number of
volunteers

7,806

2,404

1,152

876

1,482

315

886

691

Percentage
(%)

100.

30.8

14.8

11.2

19.0

4.0

11.4

8.9

 
Partner countries from 1990 to 2008

Regions

Partner Countries

Asia

Nepal, East Timor, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri-Lanka, India, Indonesia, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan, Palau, Fiji, Philippines, Papua New Guinea

Africa

Ghana, Rwanda, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, Cameroon, Kenya, Congo(DR), Tanzania, Tunisia, Malawi, Angola, Gambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland

Latin America

Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Guatemala, Costa-Rica, Bolivia

Eastern
EuropeㆍCIS

Rumania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan

Middle East

Jordan, Yemen
 
Performance in 2010
In 2010, a total of 1000 Korean volunteers were dispatched, many of whom work to improve education conditions in local communities. In the health sector, health-related professionals such as nurses, medical doctors, and physical therapists were dispatched to improve basic health, while in the ICT sector, World Friends KOICA Volunteers were dispatched to narrow the digital divide through basic ICT training. To help local farmers increase household income, World Friends KOICA Volunteers specializing in crop production, livestock and local development were also dispatched.

In terms of host regions, countries in Asia and the Pacific received 52.9% of all volunteers dispatched in 2010. Due to the popularity and impact of the program, KOICA also dispatched World Friends KOICA Volunteers to Rwanda, Tunisia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Panama.