Directions to AOU

Get up, get dressed, get to the Jonggak subway (line 1) area.

  1. If you are coming via subway then the easiest way is to get to Jonggak subway exit 3-1. (Yes, exit 3 is also possible, but 3-1 is the easiest although you will need to pay attention when you are exiting the subway).



2. After leaving exit 3-1, then walk straight for about 20-30 seconds. The road will look like this.



3. At the corner, get ready to turn right.



4. You will see this handy guide for directions. Turn right at this point.



5. After your right turn in number 4, the road will look like this. Walk straight for about 30 seconds. Keep your eyes open, look for the Centermark hotel on your left. Another key landmark is McDonalds.



6. Look at the Centermark hotel. Then look to your right. You will see a Green building on the right. YOU WANT TO GET TO THAT BUILDING! (And if we have any volunteers willing to paint it, let me know)



7. Look both ways, walk slowly, look out for the cars and pedestrians with one eye, but keep your other eye on that green building. The name of the building is in Chinese, but yes, walk up to room 301 to join the opening ceremony.

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A few notes:

  1. I don’t know about parking.
  2. The address on the building could be useful information to drivers.
  3. It is also possible to get to the opening ceremony from the Anguk subway (line 3). But it takes more time and is a bit confusing…

TNKR in French!!! Thanks to Alexia Andrieux

Whenever Teach North Korean Refugees holds an Open House, we attracted 10 to 15 people. I am thankful when at least 1 or 2 later become volunteers and do what they say they are going to do! And even better, some just *do* things, after briefly confirming that their suggestions will add value.

Such is the case with Alexia Andrieux! She is now letting the French speaking world know about TNKR! She translated Radio Free Asia’s recent article and broadcast about TNKR. (English translation by Soohyun Lee)




TNKR in German!!! Thanks to Karin Hanna

One of our newest volunteers is Karin Hanna. We have some potential volunteers who talk about how much they would like to volunteer–Karin cuts directly to the action. She read about TNKR, went through our entire website, watched videos, and thought about ways she could help.

One way: translate about TNKR into German.

PDF: Vorstellung und Beschreibung der TNKR Organisation

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KBS 2016-02-20

Teach North Korean Refugees will be featured on KBS Saturday February 20 at 6 pm.

KBS was with us yesterday from 10:30 a.m. until 5 pm when we finally left the Matching session.

The Korea Herald is also planning an article soon, a reporter interviewed the TNKR co-directors a few days ago, and returned yesterday from 1 to 7 pm to learn more about what we are doing.image


Far From Heaven. The Unspeakable Lives of North Korean People (2016-02-29)

12733421_988790321191867_1871327598203832270_n You are invited to join WomenLabTalk when it holds a special session focusing on North Korea and North Korean refugees. The invited speakers are Sunghoon Kris Moon, North Korean refugees, Casey Lartigue Jr. and Rachel Stine.

The event is being organized by Ana Dols, an energetic lady who wants to make a difference! She writes: “I am the womenlabkorea catalyst and my goal is to use women’s collective intelligence as a driver to generate some impact in their lives and in the lives of women around them.”

This is especially relevant to the issue of North Korean refugees, about 80 percent who make it to South Korea are females.

More details and background info here.
Far From Heaven. The Unspeakable Lives of North Korean People

Register here so they can prepare.

25,000 won per person, all of the proceeds will go to (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees and the Underground Railroad System Project.

726-111, Hannam Dong, Yongsan Gu, Seoul, Korea 140-210 서울시 용산구 한남동 726-111

힐사이드 레지던스 오는 방법 (How to get to Hillside residence)

1. 한남대교 북단에서 직진 – 단국대학교 지나 직진 – 볼보 자동차 빌딩 – 약 100미터 지점 도로 우편(풀향기, 루터교회 지나지 않고) 힐사이드 간판따라 우회전 – 언덕 끝에서 좌회전 – 좌회전 후 오른쪽 언덕으로 올라오면 힐사이드 입구 보안실

Hannam Bridge North side – Dankook Univ. – VOLVO Bldg – go straight 100m then turn right beside PulHyangGi Restraunt – then come up to hill then turn left – then turn right and come up to hill until you find the hillside Security Post
2. 남산에서 한남대교 방향으로 직진 – 한남대교 건너기 전 고가 밑에서 유턴 – 단국대학교 지나 직진 – 볼보 자동차 빌딩 – 약 100미터 지점 도로 우편(풀향기, 루터교회 지나지 않고) 힐사이드 간판따라 우회전 – 언덕 끝에서 좌회전 – 좌회전 후 오른쪽 언덕으로 올라오면 힐사이드 입구 보안실

From Namsan to Hannam Bridge – U-turn under the overpass of Hannam Bridge – Dankook Univ. – VOLVO Bldg – go straight 100m then turn right beside PulHyangGi Restraunt – then come up to hill then turn left – then turn right and come up to hill until you find the hillside Security Post

New NK refugee education center 2016-02-19

You are cordially invited to join the opening ceremony marking the formation of a new North Korean refugee education center.
The center is being established under the leadership of Director Casey Lartigue and Vice-Director Eunkoo Lee, co-founders of Teach North Koreans (TNKR), a non-profit based in Seoul that has connected more than 200 refugees with more than 300 volunteers.
* The ceremony will last less than an hour.
The event is taking place a short distance between the Jonggak (line 1) and Angguk (line 3) subway stations. The closest landmark is the Centermark hotel.
RSVP here.
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Yes, we are still listening to suggestions of names for the center…. serious suggestions only, please…
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The center is unfurnished. For the last few years, I have been like a man running down the street, and people asking me if they could give me a piano. At last, we have a center where we can receive donations (desks, chairs, shelves, file cabinets, computers and other office supplies).

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TNKR English Speech Contest–2016-02-27


Teach North Korean Refugees will be holding its third English speech contest on February 27 from 2 pm at the Kim and Shin law firm near Myeongdong station (line 4).

* 7 North Korean refugees will be invited to give speeches in English. They will discuss what it is they would do. We left it broad enough so they could address North Korea, rescues from China or other countries, resettlement, advocacy or any other aspect.

* TNKR will hold a another planning meeting on February 18 to finalize planning for the contest. But don’t wait until then, you can share this on Social Media.

* You can reserve a free seat here. Also, we need volunteers for this event.

More details to follow.

Here’s coverage from TBS eFM’s Chance Dorland, with some photos added in. Special thanks to TNKR volunteer Mandi Kwan for putting together this video for us!

To read about the previous contests:

Contest #2, “What freedom means to me,” August 22, 2015

NK News

Atlas Network

The Korea Times

Contest #1, “How you can help North Koreans,” February 28, 2015.

The Korea Times

2016-02-12 A Movement, not a moment…

Last February 2, I was a speaker at a wonderful event hosted by the American Women’s Club, Korea. I have spoken at many one-time events. Then when it is over, the speakers get celebrated, but there is no follow-thru.

That’s not the case with the ladies of AWC!!!

The latest case: Today I met with Karin Hanna. She was deeply moved by the speakers at our event, she followed up with me, making it clear that she wanted to help in some way. TNKR is an all-volunteer that depends on volunteers–giving their time, but also using their brains to find their own way to help. Karin has found her niche–she will translate things into German, help link us with German speakers who might be interested in helping, and a list of other things she suggested as we talked.

She actually got prepared for our discussion! Reading articles, checking videos, reading through our entire Website.

I often have people asking me curiosity questions, but in Karin’s case, she was asking questions with a purpose–trying to figure out how she could get involved. It reminded me of a few months ago when the same thing happened with Rorry Ambers Late. She asked me pointed questions, which at first seemed like curiosity questions, but later turned out to be questions with a purpose.

Today Karin made it clear–she is trying to get involved for more than just a moment, that she wants to have a long-term connection.

I try not to be cynical, but I do make the point in speeches: I hope this will be the start of a movement, not just a moment. I don’t mean to blame people in the audience, some join events out of curiosity. Others who want to help have no idea how they can get involved. Some others want bigger world saving actions than what we are doing.

Out of every event, I hope that just a few will follow-up, try to get involved, figure out how they can help.

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2016-02-02 TNKR presenting to the American Women’s Club

2016-02-02 AWC

Click here for details.

You are invited to an AWC Coffee with guest speaker Casey Lartigue who cofounded and runs Teach North Korean Refugees with his co-director, Lee Eunkoo, and North Korean defectors who will share their harrowing stories. See this article for additional background information:

Here is a video about their organization:

The Eastern Welfare Single Mom Barista mobile coffee services will be selling coffee, tea and pastries. The proceeds benefit the single mothers from Eastern Welfare.

Address:  Hangangdaero 30-gil 25, Yongsan-gu (new); or Hangangno 2(i)-ga, Yongsan-gu (old)

– From Seobinggo-ro, turn onto the road to City Park, at City Park #1 (end of the street), take a left and the Asterium is on your right. Drive around the building to the right to enter the parking garage for the A building.

Yongsan Garrison – Gate 14 is two blocks from the building.

By Subway: Sinyongsan Station, Line 4

– Head towards Sinyongsan exit 2. Go up first flight of stairs, proceed straight into the LS Yongsan building (do not go outside). Walk straight, at Burger King take a left. When you reach a split, turn right. You will now enter the Yongsan Asterium Centerville passageway. Walk past Twosome Place and the doors to outside, proceed to Asterium building entrance to the right of Woori Bank. Proceed to the Third floor.



AWC Members: 15,000 Won

Non-Members 25,000 Won

Payable at Check-in.

Proceeds benefit TNKR.

AWC members, if your birthday is in February, your drink is on us.

Please join us for an interesting morning!

Lee Ann Furfey, American Women’s Club, Korea

American Women’s Club, Korea


2016-01-15 TNKR featured on KBS World Radio

Korean audio

English audio

KBS World Radio visited TNKR’s recent Matching session. The article “Tutoring Program Teaches English to N. K. Defectors,” is being translated into 11 different languages:

So far, German, French, English, Vietnamese, Korean

KBS radio upload