TNKR co-director speech at Harvard University (2015-05-24)

Casey Lartigue discussed Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) at the Innovation Symposium hosted by the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.

 

TNKR YouTube Channel

 

 

August 8 Orientation and August 15 Matching sessions

August 8 orientation and August 15 matching

 

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Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) will be holding an English Matching session on August 15, 2015, at Bangbae Station. There is a required Orientation Session on August 8 at the TNKR office near the National Assembly Station on subway line 9.

There are some refugees who will be studying through the end of the summer, some will want to study for at least three months. Please let us know how long you will be available so we can make good matches.

Apply online and send your resume to CJL@post.harvard.edu. Include the following in the subject line: (your last name, your first name, August 15 Matching).

* August 4: deadline for applications or until we get enough applicants. Your application is considered incomplete without both your resume and application).
* August 8: Orientation (at TNKR office).
* August 15: Matching session (at Bangbae station)

TO APPLY:
1) Read the FAQ at: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/for-teachers/teacher-faqs/

2) Fill out TNKR Teacher Volunteer Application: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/for-teachers/teacher-application/

3) Email your resume to CJL@post.harvard.edu.
* Your college(s) and degree(s)
* Nationality
* Current location in Korea
* Availability (days, times, location) for tutoring
* Native language, bilingual abilities
* Applicable skills for English Tutoring
* Photos are welcome, but by no means required.

There is a one page maximum and information on subsequent pages will be ignored. Your application will be considered incomplete until you a) apply online b) send your resume to CJL@post.harvard.edu

First preference for the matching session will be given for those who.a) can attend the orientation session on July 11 and b) can arrive on time to the July 11 and 18 sessions.

4) Join the Teach North Korean Refugees Facebook pagehttp://tinyurl.com/lhu7bvl

5) Sign up for this event at this invitation page!

6) Two days before your session, look for and reply to a confirmation email from Casey. If you don’t get it, email him at CJL@post.harvard.edu

BACKGROUND
We have a waiting list of North Korean refugees entering or re-joining Teach North Korean Refugees.

* PLEASE NOTE: You are not confirmed for this event until you are confirmed directly by CJL@post.harvard.edu

WHAT TO EMAIL? You can send any extra materials you would like to use to present yourself to North Korean refugees joining. They will do the choosing, so make your case to them….

And also please note this is not a socializing, friendship, research, dating, language exchange or hangout opportunity.

Feel free to forward to friends who may be interested.

http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/for-teachers/teacher-application/

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TNKR tutor Michael Smit discusses his first class with TNKR in June 2015.
www.thelegitsmit.us/2015/07/25/north-korean-people/

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Thanks to Kiyun Sung for designing the flyer.

2015-07-24 TNKR Co-founder Lartigue featured in KCrush magazine

So cool. I’m featured in the Anniversary Edition of KCrush magazine. Thanks to JeeHyo Jeong for interviewing me, and letting me say what I think, in my own words.

View the PDF here

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2015-07-22 TNKR is “very special”

One of the refugees studying in Teach North Korean Refugees dropped by our office today to chat. She has studied in a number of programs, she wanted to let us know that this has been the most effective of all for her. The main reason is the individualized attention she receives from tutors.

In particular, she appreciates that she can choose her tutors and is so thankful that so many volunteers want to help North Korean refugees. When she first joined TNKR, she was surprised that she could choose. It took some time for her to realize that the tutors were really focused on her, that it was up to her to determine what she wanted to study, that she feels “respected” that she is allowed to choose. It was one of those “pick me up” moments that anyone who has created something can really appreciate.

 

2015-07-22 North Korean Defectors’ Concern (HK)

I have messaged with Owen Lau of 脫北者關注組 North Korean Defectors Concern for at least 2 years, but today was the first time for us to meet in person. He has a wonderful volunteer group based in Hong Kong. Despite lacking resources, his organization gets things done.
NKDC will be hosting a film festival in Hong Kong highlighting movies about North Koreans from (Augut 8-10 or so).

TNKR Testimonials

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2015-07-22 TNKR is “Very Special”

One of the refugees studying in Teach North Korean Refugees dropped by our office today to chat. She has studied in a number of programs, she wanted to let us know that this has been the most effective of all for her. The main reason is the individualized attention she receives from tutors.

In particular, she appreciates that she can choose her tutors and is so thankful that so many volunteers want to help North Korean refugees. When she first joined TNKR, she was surprised that she could choose. It took some time for her to realize that the tutors were really focused on her, that it was up to her to determine what she wanted to study, that she feels “respected” that she is allowed to choose. It was one of those “pick me up” moments that anyone who has created something can really appreciate.

More TNKR testimonials

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2015-07-21 Catching up with Kimmy

Hard to believe that I have known Hooyeon Kimmy for five years. We met shortly after I first returned to South Korea. She was then a reporter on the Ewha Voice, she invited me to give a speech to the reporters.
Now she is working as a professional journalist with a bright future ahead of her. She thanks me for giving her a lot of advice over the years. It just so happens that she is a great listener and I have a lot to say, so at some point, I may have accidentally shared some wisdom with her.^^

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TNKR Orientation (2015-07-25) @2 pm, National Assembly Station

We have had so many nice people ask how they can join the Teach North Korean Refugees project. On July 25, 2015, the co-founders of TNKR will be meeting with interested volunteers who would like to find out about what we are doing, would like to brainstorm ways to get involved in non-teaching activities, or would like to join Track 2 of our project.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Self-introductions
  2. What is TNKR
    1. Track 1: “Finding My Own Way.”
    2. Track 2: “Telling My Own Story.”
    3. Overseas studies
    4. Speech contest
  3. English Speech Contest
  4. Ways to help
  5. Track 2 Orientation

A few notes:
–Please don’t show up expecting to be assigned tasks, come with your thinking cap on, use your brain to find your own role. We will be brainstorming, not handing out assignments.
–We know that no matter what time we schedule this that some people won’t be able to make it.
–Make sure your phone is charged. Call the office number 070-4006-0942 in case you get lost.
–If you are late then please don’t join..

Directions
* National Assembly Station on subway line 9. 국회의사당역https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Assembly_Station
* From exit 3 or 2, make a U-turn.
* Then walk between the KB bank buildings.
* As you reach the street it will be the building slightly to the right, 성우빌딩 is the name of the building. Room 805
* It isn’t difficult, after leaving the subway, it will take less than a minute. For those who get lost, the office number is 070-4115-9600
서울특별시 영등포구 국회대로66길 17, 805호(여의도동, 성우빌딩)
Note: Please take the 일반 (regular) train and NOT the 급행 (express) train on Line 9. The Express train passes 국회의사당 station.

Some relevant links
TNKR Website
Teach North Korean Refugees Facebook pages
(page)
(group)

Al Jazeera report (English)

MBC News report (in Korean)

JoongAng Ilbo feature on TNKR (in English)

Joongang Ilbo feature on TNKR (in Korean)

Profile of Casey Lartigue, TNKR co-founder (in English)


2015-07-25 Orientation

2015-07-18 Teach North Korean tutors drafted

Teach North Korean Refugees began in March 2013 when co-founders Lee Eunkoo and Casey Lartigue matched several former teachers in North Korea with English teachers in South Korea. More than 2 years later, we have now matched more than 270 tutors with about 170 North Korean refugees. Yesterday we held our 32nd session.

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Drafted

One of the tutors mentioned yesterday that she could understand what athletes go through when they are drafted by a sports team, waiting, wondering if their names will be called. Of the 270 or so volunteer tutors who have come to us, only two have not gotten selected. We try to balance the numbers so the refugees get as many choices as possible but so that the tutors also get selected. Yesterday was tough because one refugee informed us last week that she could not attend and another refugee canceled in the morning.

That’s one reason we are so delighted when tutors return. They have been through the process at least once, and they are willing to come back.

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Donations

TNKR is a small NGO that relies on private donations. We have wanted to pay for the study sessions but obviously haven’t had enough money. Thanks to Bashir Mohamed, we have raised money to subsidize study sessions for three refugees. New TNKR tutor Emma Foster has also set up a fund-raising page to subsidize study sessions with her students. Hopefully enough tutors (and perhaps even refugees) will do this.

I will be delighted if all of the tutors tried to raise money, then they will see that it is not easy…

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Debriefing

At the end of each session I like to hear what the tutors and refugees think. The refugees who joined us for a late lunch/early dinner expressed heartfelt thanks to the tutors and promised they would do their best. One refugee said he could not “let this chance go,” another said she will do her best, asked the teachers to be gentle with her because she is still a basic learner. Another refugee said that he was happy because, in looking through the resumes, he had already decided on the four teachers that he wanted, and he got all four. He said his feeling “was so high.”

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Volunteers

At yesterday’s session:
6 refugees
12 volunteer tutors
3 high school volunteers
1 researcher
1 reporter
2 co-directors

They all showed up despite the Mudfestival being held the same day…

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Always changing

A few people have recently asked me how TNKR differs from other programs helping NK refugees improve their English. The short answer: “I don’t know.” I haven’t paid attention to what others are doing. We never benchmarked other programs, we have always been doing what we thought made sense.

This program is even different from what it was a year ago. The same may be true of other programs, so I would hesitate to comment about what I may have heard two years ago about another program.

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Next

Eunkoo and I met after everyone else had left to review the session and to consider changes we can make for the future.

* She messaged the refugees
* We confirmed that tutors and refugees were all matched, then confirmed they had made their first appointments.
* I messaged the tutors to confirm they were aware of where to submit to online reports, how to make reports about their classes through Kakao, and a few other details.

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Crowdsourcing for TNKR

We have a number of volunteers and fans raising money for TNKR!

Christina Han, Christina’s Fund for TNKR

Kat Faller, Kat’s TNKR Fund

Renee Kardell, TNKR tutor, “Run for TNKR”

Sheila Meaney, TNKR tutor, Teach North Korean Refugees

Ashley and Michael, TNKR tutor, Help Us Teach North Korean Refugees

Jeff Wilkins, TNKR tutor, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)

Shania Au, TNKR tutor, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)

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Thanks for your donations!!!

Sean Massenburg, “Running for TNKR”

Bashir Mohamed, “Riding Across Alberta for Refugees

James Maxwell Milne, “NK Refugee Speech Program for TNKR”

Bridget Graham, “Teach North Korean Refugees”

Chanmi Lee, “Teaching North Korean Refugees”

Amber Miller, TNKR tutor, Teach North Korean Refugees

Eli DiSante Hoerler, “Teaching North Korean Refugees”

Lisa Young, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR)

Dylan Joseph, “Teaching North Korean Refugees”

Jessie Behrman, TNKR tutor, Help Me TNKR

Indiegogo

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Every donation really helps.

1) Every donation lets others who donate to us know that we have support.
2) It encourages our volunteers.
3) It will help us build a budget.