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World Friends Korea

Overview

In 2009, the Korean government consolidated overseas volunteer programs provided by different government agencies into a single brand. This government initiative gave birth to World Friends Korea, Korea integrated overseas volunteer program. 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
(1990-2016)

KOICA Volunteers

NGO Volunteers

67 countries
14,814 volunteers

54 countries
2,616 volunteers

Techno Peace Corps

KOICA Advisors

24 countries
350 volunteers

43 countries
676 volunteers

Youth Volunteers

KOICA Volunteers

30 countries
37,320 volunteers

72 countries
6,835 volunteers

NIPA Advisors

Taekwondo Peace Corps

48 countries
578 volunteers

116 countries
1,924 volunteers

A total of 96 countries
60,573 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 2016

Region

Asia

Africa

Latin America

CIS

Middle East

Total

Number of volunteers

8,425

3,289

2,102

885

108

14,814

Percentage(%)

56.89

22.2

14.2

5.98

0.73

100


* The figures above mentioned include the NGO volunteers.

 

Dispatch of World Friends KOICA Volunteers by sector from 1990 to 2016

Sector

Education

Health

Public Administration

Technology, Industry and Energy

Agriculture andRural Development

Etc.

Total

Number ofvolunteers

8,154

1,950

1,387

1,281

1,961

81

14,814

Percentage(%)

55.1

13.2

9.4

8.6

13.2

0.5

100


* The figures above mentioned include the NGO volunteers.

 

KOICA Partner countries from 1990 to 2016

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

 

Annual Plan

Volunteer Program

Implementing Organization

Period

2017

2018

Number of

Volnteers

Budget

(USD

in Million)

Number of

Volunteers

Budget

(USD

in Million)

World Friends

KOICA Volunteers

KOICA

2 years

950

74.5

854

71.7

World Friends

NGO Volunteers

1 year

340

5.9

340

6.0

World Friends

KOICA Advisors

KOICA

6~12 months

240

13.2

240

13.4

National IT Industry

Promotion Agency(NIPA)

World Friends

IT Volunteers

National Information

Society Agency(NIA)

1~3 months

440

2.2

440

2.2

World Friends

Youth Volunteers

Korean University Council

for Social Service(KUCSS)

2~3 weeks

2,080

2.1

1,664

1.7

The Pacific Asia Society(PAS)

World Friends

Techno Peace Corps

National Research Foundation

Of Korea (NRF)

1 year

48

2.1

48

2.2

KOICA Global Doctor

KOICA

2 years

20

3.3

25

4.2

Total

4,118

103.3

3,611

101.4