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World Friends Korea

Overview

In 2009, the Korean government consolidated overseas volunteer programs provided by five different government agencies into a single brand. This government initiative gave birth to World Friends Korea, Korea integrated overseas volunteer programs. As Korea’s iconic participatory development cooperation program, World Friends Korea has deployed 20,000 overseas volunteers to partner countries from 2009 to 2015. Currently, World Friends Korea is operating a wide range of volunteer programs to engage from high schools graduates to retirees. 

World Friends Korea

Cumulative Total
(1990-2015)

IT Volunteers

NGO Volunteers

72 countries
6,274 volunteers

54 countries
2,289 volunteers

Techno Peace Corps

KOICA Advisors

23 countries
301 volunteers

39 countries
536 volunteers

Youth Volunteers

KOICA Volunteers

30 countries
34,585 volunteers

65 countries
11,287 volunteers

Senior Experts

Taekwondo Peace Corps

43 countries
491 volunteers

111 countries
1,736 volunteers

A total of 96 countries
57,499 volunteers

 

1. World Friends KOICA Dream Volunteers

World Friends Korea is operating Dream Volunteer Program to give young people graduated from vocational high schools opportunities to experience overseas life and utilize their skills to help others. Launched in February 2014 for the first time, volunteers have been dispatched to vocational training centers and technical schools to teach local people about technical areas such as computers and baking. 

2. World Friends KOICA Volunteers

This two-year overseas volunteer program is open to any Korean people. Since the first deployment in 1991, KOICA has accumulated experience and know-how in recruiting, education, supporting and managing volunteers 

3. World Friends KOICA Advisors

Advisors specialized in public administration, education, health, agriculture, etc are dispatched to partner countries for knowledge transfer and policy advice. Knowledge and advice that advisors provide to partner countries is important intellectual asset that can be utilized to fight against poverty and pursue sustainable socio-economic development

 

Dispatch of World Friends KOICA Volunteers by region from 1990 to 2015

Region

Asia

Africa

Latin America

CIS

Middle East

Total

Number of volunteers

7,708

2,982

1,947

837

102

13,576

Percentage(%)

56.8%

22.0%

14.3%

6.2%

0.8%

100%


* The above mentioned figures include the NGO volunteers.

 

Dispatch of World Friends KOICA Volunteers by sector from 1990 to 2015

Sector

Education

Health

Public Administration

Industry andEnergy

Agriculture and Fisheries

Etc.

Total

Number ofvolunteers

7,448

1,806

1,213

1,241

1,804

64

13,576

Percentage(%)

54.9%

13.3%

8.9%

9.1%

13.3%

0.5%

100%


* The above mentioned figures include the NGO volunteers.

 

KOICA Partner countries from 1990 to 2015

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, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso

Latin America

Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Guatemala, Costa-Rica, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Colombia

Middle East

Jordan, Yemen

CIS

Rumania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus