Thank you

SFC Randall (Randy) Stafford
AKA. Papa Delta, US Army Retired

for your generous end of the year donation to TNKR!

His donation will be matched by the Atlas Network. You can do the same!

Link for more info here

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< TNKR English Speech Contest>

TNKR(Teach North Korean Refugees) English Contest에 여러분을 초대합니다. 현재 TNKR은 일반영어(회사, 공부, 여행 등) 공부를 할 수 있도록 기회를 제공하는 Track 1과 국제사회에서 영어 speaker가 되도록 도움을 주는 Track 2 를 진행하고 있습니다. 또한, Spanish 매칭 세션과 남한 분들 중 북한 분들을 돕는 분들께도 영어선생님들을 소개시켜드렸습니다. 이러한 기회를 통해 다양한 학생들과 선생님들이 TNKR에 참여하였습니다.

그리고, 2015년 English speech Contest로 여러분을 만나고자 합니다. TNKR을 통해 향상된 여러분의 영어실력을 English speech Contest로 발휘해 보시기 바랍니다. 2015년 한번 도전해보세요!!

참여대상자(Participators): TNKR에 한번이라도 참여하였던 북한 분들 누구나


1) Step 1

신청서(*첨부파일)영어스피치 동영상(10분) 제출 (2-3분 자기소개 포함)

  영어 스피치 주제 : How can you help North Koreans?

② 제출마감일: 2015년 1월 31일 오후 6시까지

③ 제출방법:

2) Step 2

① 1차 심사 통과자 발표(10명)

② 1차 발표: 2015년 2월 7일(토요일), TNKR 홈페이지 공지

3) Step 3

** English Speech Contest  : 1차 제출한 동영상내용을 직접 영어로 말하기

일시: 2015년 2월 28일(토요일) 14:00-16:00/

  – 장소: 한우리홀(종로소방서 4층)

*영어 스피치 대회는 관객들 앞에서 진행됩니다.

4) Step 4(최종발표): 2015년 3월 4일(수), TNKR 홈페이지 공지

♦ 시상내역(Rewards)

★ 1등(1명): 100만원 상금

★ 2등(1명): 50만원 상금

★ 3등(3명): 10만원 상금

★ 장려상(5명): 5만원 상금

♦  문의 (Contact) : 궁금하신 분들은 tnkr.secretary@gmail.com로 문의해 주세요

* 첨부파일:English contest -신청서 및 안내

 Feb 28 speech contest


Thanks to the anonymous donors who split a donation between the Mulmangcho School and the Teach North Korean Refugees Project.The only thing they would admit to is that they a couple from southern Maryland, now living in Seoul, and that they support our activities helping North Korean refugees! It is always good to get donors above $100.^^ But we welcome all donations! If you give through our friends at the Atlas Network, they will DOUBLE the donation (up to $25K). Yes, send $10, we get $20. Send $100, we get $200.


Great news! In addition to being able to donate directly to TNKR domestically, via international wire transfer or PayPal, the Atlas Network in Washington, D.C., has agreed to accept donations on behalf of Teach North Korean Refugees. This means:

* People in America can receive 501(c)3 tax deductions for their donations to TNKR.

* We are now receiving matching funds, up to $25,000. So donate via Atlas, earmarking it for “Teach North Korean Refugees,” and we will receive matching funds to help us expand. That means, if you send us $10, then we will receive $20. If you send us $50, then we will receive $100.

To donate via the Atlas Network:

A) Credit card donation: Click here. Add your information,  then click the box for:

B) Atlas is on the cutting edge, you can make your donation using Bitcoin, or make legacy gifts ,or other options. Click here.


The Teach North Korean Refugees Project will be holding a special session matching North Korean refugees with speech and writing coaches. If this project is successful, then we should have several North Korean refugees prepared to give speeches in English around the world.

We will post application details within a few days, but to express your interest, send an email with your resume/bio and any details we should know about your writing or public speaking experience to, but be sure to apply online here.

Initially, it will be based on our wildly popular English Matching program in which refugees chose teachers, and they then study together. We will work together in developing a timeline for each refugee speaker in the project. If you have writing, public speaking, or other experience that you believe is relevant to this kind of project, then please contact us.

This is open to people from around the world, but for the 12/20 session, it will be focused on those who can come to Seoul at least twice a month.

TNKR--FAN "Telling My Story"

TNKR–FAN “Telling My Story”

Lee Eunkoo, co-director of TNKR, visited another tutoring session.

Here are her notes:

– Fun and Relaxed class
– A lot of interaction between two students and a teacher by Q& A
– This class had two students, so they explained to each other, in English, about the things they were learning, for further reinforcement.
– Today’s focus was on idioms
– Teacher prepare material that considerd both of students` level

오늘은 또다른 수업에 다녀왔습니다. 어제수업과는 또다른 분위기였습니다. 왜냐하면 이번 수업은 남한출신학생과 북한출신학생이 짝을 이루어 진행되는 수업이었기 때문이었기 때문입니다. 수업중 이해가 가지않을때는 학생들끼리 설명해주는 모습이 인상적이었습니다^^ 또한 선생님도 두명의 학생들을 가르치기 때문에 두학생들의 각각의 수준을 고려하여 수업을 진행하였습니다. 오늘의 주제는 숙어(Idioms) 였지만, 쓰기, 말하기, 심지어 듣기수업도 하였습니다. 저도 배우는 시간이었답니다^^  오늘 저의 방문을 환영해준 학생들과 선생님께 감사드리며……영어공부 화이팅입니다. -이은구-

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Joo Yang and Yeonmi Park will both be speakers at the Students for Liberty International Summit, according to a Website and United Liberty.  Yeah, well, before they were sought-after speakers, they were both students in the Teach North Korean Refugees Project.

Joo Yang (then known as Chanyang Ju) was matched with tutors from mid 2013 until early 2014. Here’s an article I wrote for the Korea Times about the three months she studied intensively to prepared to deliver her first major speech in English, at the Asia Liberty Forum in New Delhi, India. In addition, I also heard that she was speaking at Columbia University a few days ago, but I didn’t hear about it until a few days later. And of course, I am so delighted that she recorded this broadcast about me, to be sent into North Korea.

Yeonmi Park was in the project in mid 2013 for a short time, then returned with a vengeance from January-October of 2014, studying with 18 tutors during that time. I recently wrote about working together with Yeonmi, here are our most recent podcasts. She is now wrapping up her speaking tour that began in Europe and is ending in the USA.

Joo Yang at the October 2013 matching session.

Joo Yang at the October 2013 matching session.

with Chanyang Ju (Joo Yang) for her talk in India last January.

with Chanyang Ju (Joo Yang) for her talk in India last January.

Chanyang speaking in India at the Asia Liberty Forum, January 2014.

Chanyang speaking in India at the Asia Liberty Forum, January 2014.

Yeonmi returns to the Matching program in January 2014. She studied with 18 tutors during January-October 2014..

Casey Lartigue and Yeonmi Park, in Hong Kong, on September 6, 2014, recording "North Korea Today, featuring Casey and Yeonmi."

Casey Lartigue and Yeonmi Park, in Hong Kong, on September 6, 2014, recording “North Korea Today, featuring Casey and Yeonmi.”











Eunkoo Lee, co-founder and co-director of Teach North Korean Refugees, visited a tutoring session last afternoont. She came away very impressed with what she saw, noting that the tutor was very organized, they used English the entire time, all of the skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, etc) were taught, that both the student and teacher were well-prepared.- Casey Lartigue Jr.-

이번주월요일은 휴가라서 TNKR 수업을 참관하였습니다. 갑자기 약속된것이었지만, 선생님과 학생모두 저를 반갑게 맞이해 주었습니다. 수업은 저에게 참 인상적이었습니다. 수업시간이 알찼고, 영어를 수업내내 사용하려고 노력하고 있었으며, 책한권을 정해서 수업을 진행했지만, 그 수업안에는 (읽기, 쓰기, 말하기)가 모두 포함되었습니다. 그러나, 무엇보다도 제가 가장 감명받은것은 학생, 선생님 모두 이 수업을 위해 미리 준비해오고, 공부에대한 열의가 아주 뜨거웠다는것이었습니다.^^:) 혹, 수업에 저희 TNKR 팀을 초대하고 싶은 분들은 언제든 연락주세요! 시간되는대로 참석할께요!!! 이 수업참관을 허락해주신 학생과 선생님께 감사드리며…남은수업들도 화이팅입니다!!  – 이은구-

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To make a donation:

-Bank account: (Woori Bank) 1005-802-774890
-Name on account: 티엔케이알(TNKR)


-International bank account: (Woori Bank Seocho Umyeon Branch) 1005-802-774890
-Name on account:티엔케이알(TNKR)
-Swift code: HVBKKRSEXXX
-Bank address: Taebongro 70, Seochogu, Seoul, South Korea
-Bank phone number: 02-3463-9596
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♣ TNKR 12월  영어매칭모임 안내(TNKR English)

  • 12월 영어매칭모임이 12월6일(토요일) 2시에 있습니다.
  • 장소는 물망초연구센터(방배역 1번출구 우리은행빌딩 305호)
  • 참여확정 메일 받으신분들 참석 가능하십니다. ^^
  • TNKR 매칭 참여원하시는분들은 언제든지 신청서 작성해주세요! 영어매칭 자리 있는대로 연락드리겠습니다.!!

♣ TNKR 12월 스페인어 및 라틴어 매칭 안내(TNKR Spanish)

  • 12월 스페인어 라틴어매칭모임이 12월6일(토요일) 12시에 있습니다.
  • 장소는  물망초연구센터(방배역 1번출구 우리은행빌딩 305호)
  • 참여확정 메일 받으신분들 참석 가능하십니다. ^^

♣  12월 행사 안내(Upcoming events)

  • (강의안내)  12월 7일(일요일) 김정은시대를 경험한 북한생활 이란 주제로 강의가 있습니다.
  • (자원봉사자 모집안내) 12월 21일(일요일) 물망초학교(경기도 여주)에서 크리스마스 파티가 있습니다.
  • 자세한 내용은 추후 다시 공지하겠습니다. ^^

Upcoming events:

* December 6 @ noon, TNKR Spanish and Latin Matching session

* December 6 @2 pm TNKR English Matching session

* December 7 @2pm, Living under the new dictator of North Korea

* December 17 @2pm, Yonsei Severance Hospital, Children’s Cancer Ward (non-NK)

* December 20, TNKR, “Telling My Story,”

* December 21, Mulmangcho Christmas Party


March 2014 English Matching session