What We Do

Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the refugee community. Our main activities are one-on-one individualized English tutoring, speech coaching, and mentoring.

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What the refugees are saying…

“I am thankful that I have volunteer English teachers helping me to improve my English. My happiest time is when I am studying English with my private tutors.”

Yeonmi Park, former TNKR Ambassador

“There are many NGOs for helping North Korean refugees, but TNKR is the best model for helping refugees practically and productively.”

Jang Jin-sung, author of Dear Leader

“I have many chances to go abroad because of my career, but I can’t communicate with others. Thank you so much to TNKR and the tutors. I think your small help can contribute to the reunification in Korea and peace in the world. You are helping refugees who are struggling with English. I will study actively, I promise.”

“I studied in an academy, but it was too expensive for me and it wasn’t very effective. The teachers couldn’t correct me because there were other students there. I was also afraid to ask because they might think I am stupid for asking basic questions. With TNKR teachers, I don’t feel that fear. They focus on me. I think I have improved a lot because of the TNKR tutors. Thank you to TNKR for allowing us to study without worrying about the cost. I have been lucky because the teachers have been willing to adjust to my schedule.”

“I really lacked confidence, even when I first applied for TNKR I wasn’t sure that I would be able to study in English with native English speakers. But after the orientation and seeing the tutors today at the Matching session, I believe that I can do it. I can feel that the tutors will be supportive and really want to help us.”

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