Want to help TNKR, but don’t want to teach? Then consider TNKR’s Volunteer Leadership Academy. It is a way to get involved with TNKR, developing leadership skills and adding some different to your resume/portfolio/career/experience abroad.

We have numerous activities being organized by TNKR volunteers, friends of TNKR volunteers, musicians, even high school students from Jeju-do visited us and discussed specific plans they had for raising awareness about TNKR. One day, we might have someone who can lead this Academy, the way TNKR Academic Coordinator Janice Kim leads Track 1 and masterfully handles the recruitment process.

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TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue was interviewed by “North Korean Now” show for Yonhap News TV.


Teach North Korean Refugees began as a hobby for its co-founders back in 2013. We would occasionally match North Korean refugees with volunteer English tutors. Five years later, almost 400 refugees and almost 800 volunteer tutors and coaches have joined us.

On Saturday, we held our 76th Language Matching session. We had 17 tutors, 10 NK refugees and five TNKR staffers participate in one of TNKR’s most organized, most fulfilling, and fun sessions.

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TNKR co-founders Casey Lartigue and Eunkoo Lee conducted four 1:1 interviews with refugees who are very eager to join TNKR. Two of them were so enthusiastic about joining us that I was ready to start teaching them!

One of the refugees was referred by a current TNKR student who is telling her friends about TNKR. But the student referring others is very clear, as she tells people: “Don’t join TNKR until you are serious about studying. They have high expectations, and you can learn a lot if you study hard.”

It is wonderful to hear this! One thing we have been focused on the last few years has been making TNKR from scratch into a serious academic organization. We have had to make it feel unfriendly for socializers, playboys, and others not really focused on helping refugees improve their English. Having a high-level professional organization is not easy when you rely on volunteers who naturally don’t remain engaged for long. Hearing refugees tell others not to join us until they are serious is encouraging, they can recognize the high-quality and expectations.

We have been trying to encourage an atmosphere of self-directed education. It is a good sign that refugees in TNKR are warning other students about it.

Tutoring in our office this evening were Meghann and Una and the day started with me getting interviewed for a Youtube channel.

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If I recall correctly, TNKR held orientation sessions on June 9 and 10. Our last “day off” was June 3, meaning that I have worked 15 days in a row, and with plans for orientation sessions this weekend, I may go almost the entire month of June with only one day off.

After working over the weekend holding a Matching session on Saturday and a Donor Appreciation event on Sunday, TNKR was back to work today. We had 4 interviews with refugees seeking to join the program. It was such a great feeling to hear two of the refugees refer to us as “heroes.”

We also had visitors who wanted to find out how they could get involved with TNKR.

Support TNKR: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/donate/

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<제8회 TNKR English Speech Contest>


제7회 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 6번 개최되었습니다. 그리고 2018년 8월 제8회 English speech Contest로 여러분을 만나고자 합니다. TNKR 프로그램을 통해 향상된 여러분의 영어실력을 발휘 할뿐 아니라, 영어에 대한 자신감을 얻는 기회가 되기를 바랍니다. 또한 콘테스트에 참여하게 되는 학생들은 TNKR의 코치선생님들과 1:1로 함께 준비하게 될 것입니다. 그리고, 참여한 모든 학생은 전문교수님과 1:1 피드백도 받는기회도 있습니다. TNKR 스피치 콘테스트는 단지 참여에 의의가 있는 것이 아닌, 이 기회를 통해 스피치공부 할 수 있는 기회를 제공하는데도 있습니다.


이번 TNKR English Speech Contest 는 법무법인 세종과 공동주최로 개최됩니다.

관심 있는 많은 분들의 참여 기대합니다.


  1. 참여대상자(Participators):

현재 한국에 거주하고 있고, TNKR 프로그램에 한번이라도 참여하였던 탈북민 누구나


  1. 일정(Schedule)

1) Step 1

① 영어스피치 비디오 제출(3분) (1분 자기소개 포함)

② 비디오 제출마감일: 2018년 7월 9일(월)

③ 제출방법: eunkoo21@hanmail.netCJL@alumni.harvard.edu 이메일 제출

* 확실한 제출을 위해 위 두 개 메일에 모두제출 요망

2) Step 2

① 7명의 최종결선자 발표

② 1차 비디오 통과자 발표: 2018년 7월 10일(화), 개별연락

3) Step 3

① 1차 통과된 최종 결선자들과 영어코치 1:1 개별매칭

② 매칭방법은 영어코치선생님들의 이력서를 각자메일로 받은 뒤 본인이 원하는

코치선생님들 선택

(*컨테스트이므로 직접 모임을 통한 매칭은 실시하지 않음)

③ 코치선생님 매칭 7월16일(화) 이메일로 매칭


4) Step 4

① English Speech Contest: 직접 영어로 말하기 (10분)

② 일시: 2018년 8월 25일(토) 14:00- 16:00

③ 장소: 법무세종(Shin& Kim) 강당


  1. 시상내역(Rewards)


★ 1등(1명): 100만원 상금

★ 2등(1명): 50만원 상금

★ 3등(1명): 20만원 상금

★ 장려상(4명): 10만원 상금

영어 스피치 주제: What should the world know about North Koreans


* 주제설명:

우리가 사는 세계는 북한사람들에 대해서 어떤 것을 알아야할까요?”

이번 영어말하기대회 주제는 “열린주제”입니다. 즉, 우리가 살고 있는 이 세상 사람들에게 북한사람들에대한 어떤이야기를 해주고 싶은가요? 다시말하면, 그들은 북한사람들에대해 어떤부분을 알아야할까요? 각자가 생각하는 이야기들을 10분동안 준비해서 이야기하면 됩니다.



* 현재공부하고 있는 선생님들의 도움을 받을수 없습니다. TNKR 스피치콘테스트 콘테스트에 앞서, 스피치 영어공부의 과정입니다. 먼저 1차비디오는 혼자 힘으로 준비하시고, 추후 연결되는 스피치 코치샘들과 준비하시면 됩니다. 코치샘들과 함께 공부하면서 본인이 부족한 점들을 하나하나 채워가시면 됩니다.


* 문의 (Contact)

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

CJL@alumni.harvard.edu/ eunkoo21@hanmail.net



* TNKR English Speech Contest 관객들 앞에서 진행됩니다.(추후 1차 통과자에  한국어 심사기준표 공지 예정)


  1. 심사기준



:Notation and


(20 points)

Invention and


: Idea and


(20 points)




(20 points)


:Verbal Speech

(20 points)


: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,


persuasiveness and/or wisdom

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

No apparent

vocabulary or



– 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


– 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

TNKR held a special “Donor Appreciation NIght” featuring author Jinsung Jang​. To make the night even more incredible, author Kang Cheol-Hwan 강철환​ also joined the session. It was like a North Korean refugee superstar session.

* Jang is author of several books, including “Dear Leader.”
* Kang is author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

We were delighted to hold this session, co-sponsored by UniKorea, for donors and fundraisers who keep TNKR alive.

Support TNKR: http://teachnorthkoreanrefugees.org/donate/

Get invited to future TNKR Donor Appreciation Events.