Early last year I announced that TNKR was starting the Volunteer Leadership Academy.

The goal was to organize volunteers who come to TNKR into project teams who would work together. I mentioned this a few times, and also said, hint hint, that we needed someone who could lead up the project

A few months ago, TNKR volunteer tutor Karleta Peterson stepped forward! We met several times to discuss how we could work together and how the project could develop.

Then on January 6, we held the first formal session of the Volunteer Leadership Academy. Karleta showed off her organizational and leadership skills.


Want to join TNKR’s Volunteer Leadership Academy?

Step 1: Join an Orientation session

The next orientation session will be held on January 27, 2019 at the TNKR office, in advance of the first general meeting on February 9, 2019.

Step 2: Email Your Resume

  • You can submit a standard or your favorite resume to TNKR Co-Founder Casey Lartigue and VLA Coordinator Karleta Peterson.
  • Be sure to include up-to-date contact information (such as, an email address that you actually check).

Step 3: Apply

  • The online application is here.

Step 4: Set up a fundraiser

  • Have fun! Be creative! Put the “fun” in fundraiser! We have now had more than 200 fundraisers set up by volunteers. Members of our Volunteer Leadership Academy have the challenge of helping TNKR become a financially sustainable organization.

As Karleta wrote in the application:

Thank you for your interest in Teach North Korea Refugees’ Volunteer Leadership Academy (VLA)! Since 2013, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) has provided free, one on one tutoring to over 400 North Korean refugees residing in South Korea. However, in order to help our organization continue to grow and provide these services, we need the help of dedicated, non-instructional volunteers in a variety of areas including social media, fundraising, writing, editing, film, photography, design, events, media, and PR.

The Volunteer Leadership Academy follows a team model. Volunteers are expected to join a team and attend monthly meetings to discuss and execute projects and special events within the organization. This is an opportunity to build upon current skills or try a new field of interest while working on real projects with real impacts. We expect a 4 month minimum commitment from all volunteers.

To join the Volunteer Leadership Academy, you must (1) submit this online application, (2) set up a fundraiser at give.lovetnkr.com, and (3) attend our VLA open house on Sunday, January 27th at 2 PM at the TNKR Office. The application deadline is Sunday, January 20th at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please reach out to Karleta Peterson, VLA Coordinator, at TNKR.VLA@gmail.com and TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue at CJL@alumni.harvard.edu. Additionally, to learn more about TNKR and our work, visit teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

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