Chloe Edwards writes: “How to leave an impact in Korea”:

I have been volunteering with TNKR since September. First I volunteered to help with their marketing. Then I wanted to really be a part of the program’s core activity by becoming a tutor. I have tutored now for three months. I meet with my student once a week in Seoul and help him with his English needs. He is a university student who studies marketing; it could not be a better match! I am blown away by his dedication to learning English. In only a year, he is pretty much fluent in English and takes college courses in English. He is always so excited to learn and improves every time we meet. Even though he has a full college work load, he manages to see three English tutors.

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Leeann Roybal-Shin stopped by the office. I was back at Freedom Factory office today.

Oh, LeeAnn had me laughing from start to finish! There are some times that I’m the most talkative person in the room…

Today was not one of those days.^^




Rachel Pearsall stopped by the office today. She’s another energetic lady! And it is really a special case.

She came to South Korea to volunteer for (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees. This is really a special thing. There are so many wonderful organizations out there, but she chose us.

She has many great ideas. She is the Party Planner for our Christmas party on December 18.

When I wonder how we can do something, she quickly has a suggestion, and springs into action. Of course, she usually has a lot to say as she is springing into action.^^


I was at the Freedom Factory office for a second consecutive day.

I had four delightful meetings about three different topics. One of the meetings could lead to some incredible changes within TNKR if we are successful.


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I joined the Harvard Club of Korea’s Year-End Dinner Party held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul.

The MC was Kim Byung-chan, guest speaker was Park Jin, US Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert gave the congratulatory address.

I took so many photos, one lady at the dinner asked me if I was part of the organizing party.^^

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I often get feedback and comments from people about things I should differently with (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees. There are some fine ideas, but very often, the suggestion is that “somebody” should do it. As I have written, I hate “somebody.” Because when it is time to get work done, then it turns ot that somebody is nobody! TNKR was able to get started because Eunkoo Lee was the first Somebody with TNKR who followed through, and got things done. If not for her, there would have never been a TNKR, I would probably stll be talking about the South Korean economy or singing in rap videos.
Last June, we had another Somebody join us.
Aromi Yook joined (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees as a tutor. She gave us a suggestion about how we could improve our language matching sessions.
As I said, I often get suggestions from people who have no intention in actually doing anything other than adding to my to-do list.
As usual, hearing someone give a suggestion, I turned it around and suggested that she is probably the person to get it done.
Much to my surprise, she did! Then she made another suggestion, and she followed through again.
Then she made another suggestion: New tutors might need an orientation. Well, for quite some time, I had been saying out loud that we need a teacher trainer or someone who can do an orientation. Then she was saying she had specific ideas about how to get it done.
Aromi Yook, Academic Adviser! That’s right, she then became Academic Adviser of TNKR.
We humbly started TNKR Matching sessions with a one hour tips session by Aromi. Just a few tutors showed up the first time. Yesterday, of the 17 tutors who signed up and properly followed the process, 16 tutors joined the Tips session for tutors.
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I Hate “Somebody”
by Casey Lartigue
The Korea Times
April 2015
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To be a good volunteer, use your brain
by Casey Lartigue
The Korea Times
December 2012
2015-12-05 Tutors Tips (17)
2015-12-05 Tutors Tips (1)
TNKR co-directors Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee were all over town today. We met up at Aeran Lee‘s North Korean restaurant in Seoul. Dinner was great, she treated us to one of my favorites, and kept the food coming even after I was full.
We had great conversation. She has been a student in TNKR for a few months. She is a lady with some strong opinions, even stronger than my own at times!
We are delighted she joined TNKR because she is already an accomplished lady. She even won the 2010 International Woman of Courage award from the US State Department.
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Two TNKR ambassadors were interviewed by a documentary director earlier today. I stopped by for one of the sessions.  It was enjoyable, I learned a lot!

Hanbyeol was thoughtful and hilarious!

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This morning I stopped by to see my friends at Unification Media. I’m not an employee but I already have a long relationship with them.

I was interviewed recently by Jieun Shin​.

Did a quick one-time commentary.

And used to co-host the Casey and Yeon Mi Show​.


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<제 3 회 TNKR English Speech Contest>

제3회 TNKR(Teach North Korean Refugees) English Speech Contest에 여러분을 초대합니다. 현재 TNKR은 일반영어(회사, 공부, 여행 등) 공부를 할 수 있도록 기회를 제공하는 Track 1(Finding My Own Way)과 본인의 이야기를 영어로 이야기할 수 있도록 도움을 주는  Track 2(Telling My Own Story) 를 진행하고 있습니다.

TNKR Englsih Speech Contest는 현재까지 2번 개최 되었습니다.       그리고 2016년 2월 다시 한번 English speech Contest로 여러분을 만나고자 합니다. TNKR을 통해 향상된 여러분의 영어실력을 발휘 할뿐 아니라, 영어에 대한 자신감을 얻는 기회가 되시기 바랍니다. 또한 최종 콘테스트에 참여하게 되는 분들은 TNKR 에서 만난 선생님들 및 코치선생님들과 함께 준비하실수 있습니다.

♠  이번 TNKR English Speech Contest 는 법무법인 세종과 공동주최로 개최됩니다. 관심있는 많은 분들의 참여 기대합니다.

♠ 참여대상자(Participators): 현재 한국에 거주하고 있고, TNKR에 한번이라도 참여하였던 북한 분들 누구나

♠ 일정(Schedule)

  • Step1

① 영어스피치 비디오 제출(5분) (1-2분 자기소개 포함)

영어 스피치 주제: “How can I help North Koreans? Here is my plan”

② 비디오 제출마감일: 2016년 1월 4일(월요일) 오후 6시까지

③ 제출방법:            이메일 제출(* 확실한 제출을 위해 위 두 개 메일에 모두제출 요망)

  • Step 2

① 7명의 최종결선자 발표

② 1차 비디오 통과자 발표: 2016년 1월 11일(월), 개별연락

  • Step 3

♥ English Speech Contest: 직접 영어로 말하기 (10분)

– 일시: 2016년 2월 27일(토) 14:00- 16:00

–장소: 법무세종(Shin& Kim) 강당

* TNKR Englsih Speech Contest 관객들 앞에서 진행됩니다.

♠ 심사기준



Memory :

Notation and Communication

(20 points)

Invention and Arrangement

: Idea and structure

(20 points)



(20 points)



(20 points)

Delivery Ⅱ

:Body language

(20 points)

최고점수 기준 – Speaker displays a deep knowledge of the content, a strong memory, uses no apparent notes, and communicates directly, effectively and intuitively with the audience  – Clever, attention-grabbing introduction

– Ideas demonstrate creativity, intelligence, persuasiveness and/or wisdom

-Vocabulary, grammar and expression-use perfectly suit the topic and speech situation

-No apparent vocabulary or grammatical errors

– Speech is readily understood by both native and non-native English speakers

– Intonation and pronunciation are native level and match well with the content of the speech

– Non-native accent is not detectable in the speech

– The speaker is making appropriate eye contact with the entire audience, which greatly enhances the judge/audiences understanding of the speech

– Gestures, posture and movement are natural and fit perfectly with the content of the speech

-Audience focuses solely on the speaker and the speech

♠ 시상내역(Rewards)

★ 1등(1명): 150만원 상금

★ 2등(1명): 50만원 상금

★ 3등(1명): 20만원 상금

★ 장려상(4명): 10만원 상금

♠문의 (Contact)

– 궁금하신 분들은 Casey Lartigue (영어)/ Eunkoo Lee (한국어): (한국어)/영어)

제1회 contest

<제1회 스피치 콘테스트>

제2회 스피치

<제2회 스피치 콘테스트>

Today is the first time in a while that I have been at the office all day.


She isn’t always so shy.^^


TNKR in-house tutoring session #1 today. She came in slightly above the ABC level. She is wondering when she will be fluent…


TNKR study session #2: She is a high level speaker. She will be joining our next English Matching session.


TNKR study session #3: He arrived 20 minutes, he will also be joining the next English Matching session.


busy time at TNKR this afternoon… and we are thinking about how to expand so more tutors and refugees can study at the office.

TNKR co-director Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee.

TNKR co-directors Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee.

Judy joined our in-house tutoring program when we started it in mid-September. She's always so delighted, ready to help TNKR whenever possible.

Judy joined our in-house tutoring program when we started it in mid-September. She’s always so delighted, ready to help TNKR whenever possible.