Entries by TNKR Casey

2019-02-18 TNKR media mentions coming soon

We had two media interviews at the office today. We also have some media outlets who will be covering our speech contest on Saturday, doing interviews before and after the contest. The two interviews today were with an international media outlet and a prominent Korean one. As usual, the international media outlet didn’t want to […]

2019-02-15 TNKR at International Schools

TNKR presented at four different events to students and staff at international schools, including two events at the TNKR office. The students had many questions after hearing our speakers. And when Eunkoo and I were solo speakers at an international school outside of Seoul, the questions kept coming! One of the schools has a huge […]

2019-02-09 Can we fill the room?

Earlier today TNKR held its first International Volunteer Leadership Academy General Meeting. This special TNKR project will give volunteers the opportunity to develop their skills while they help build TNKR internal capacity in terms of structure, know-how and finances. The Academy’s first project is to work together on TNKR’s 9th English Speech Contest, to be […]

2019-01-20 Matching 86, “All of you are the best”

Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) began in 2013 as a hobby for Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee. In July 2016, TNKR became an official organization. Yesterday TNKR held its 86th Language Matching session. Almost 400 North Korean refugees have now chosen and studied with about 850 volunteer tutors and coaches. In our early days, when […]

2019 TNKR Student Club at APIS

Students from the TNKR Student Club at the Asia Pacific International School recently visited the TNKR office. They will be holding activities raising awareness, fundraising, and also volunteering in a special TNKR project. To get things done, there often needs to be at least one person to make something happen. Even when there is a […]

2019-01-15 Refugees calling TNKR

On Tuesday I received a phone call from a North Korean refugee I don’t know. She doesn’t speak any English and was excited, exasperated, frustrated and excited all at the same time explaining to me in Korean that she wants to study English in TNKR. Yes, that was on my personal cell phone. Eunkoo received […]

2019 January TNKR Fans and Visitors

TNKR is a small little non-profit NGO located in Seoul. We rely on executive staff getting paid minimum wage to lead the organization. We don’t have a sexy mission pretending to save the world. Volunteers who can leave at any moment if they find a new hobby, have a change in their lives, or get […]