Peter Daley discusses his experience with TNKR over the last year, with text and photos. A must-read.

In 2014, I came across Casey Lartigue and Lee Eunkoo and the NGO they established called Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR). As far as volunteering opportunities go, this was a dream come true.

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Teach North Korean Refugees was founded in March 2013. Since then, we have held 34 sessions matching more than 180 refugees with more than 280 volunteers.

Yesterday we held a lively session:
–9 refugees
–12 volunteer tutors.
–9 volunteer helpers

In talking later, the main things we heard from tutors:
* organized
* impressive
* wish I had more time to tutor more refugees
* honored to be joining TNKR.

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The main things we heard from refugees:
* thankful to have so many volunteers ready to help them.
* this is the best program they have been in because they have the freedom to choose their tutors.

* One refugee said it was her first time to have sandwiches with foreigners, to be sitting with so many foreigners at the same time.

* Another said she wants to be taught “strictly.” She welcomes her tutors giving her a lot of homework. This experience has motivated her to volunteer when she has a chance.

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Then there were the other great moments: Read more

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

 

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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.

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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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.

 

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).

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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.

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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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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