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VISITING KOREA, LIVING IN KOREA
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THE OVERSEAS KOREANS VISA (F-4)
F-4 STATUS (OVERSEAS KOREAN RESIDENTS)



THE OBJECT OF VISA ISSUANCE


This visa category is reserved for Overseas Korean residents whom the Ministry of Justice permits to

stay in Korea for special reasons.



     - A Korean foreigner or his / her immediate family who left Korea after the Establishment of the

      Korean Government and renounced Korean citizenship.

     - A Korean foreigner or his / her immediate family who left Korea before the Establishment of the

      Korean Government and officially confirmed his / her Korean citizenship prior to obtaining
      foreign nationality.

     - An official confirmation means that an individual filed a registration according to the "Registration

      of Korean Nationals Residing Abroad Act" with the Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad or

      organizations mandated an authority by the Republic of Korea at that time.



APPLICATION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS


A Korean foreigner shall make an application for a visa to a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad

and required documents are as follows :



     A Korean foreigner who previously held Korean citizenship before his / her obtain foreign

     nationality.

     - Passport

     - Application form

     - Substantiating documents demonstrating an applicant's ex-Korean nationality such as a Korean

      family tree register

     - Substantiating documents for the reasons and the time of obtaining foreign nationality

     - Other documents which are deemed to be necessary by the Minister of Justice
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   An immediate family member of a Korean-foreigner who obtained foreign nationality

   - Passport

   - Application form

   - Substantiating documents that prove his / her parent's ex-Korean nationality

   - Substantiating documents for the reasons and the time of obtaining foreign nationality of the

    applicant and his / her parent

   - Substantiating documents which establish the relationship of the family such as a certificate of

    birth

   - Other documents which are deemed to be necessary by the Minister of Justice

   - If necessary, the chief of a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad may ask an applicant to

    submit additinal documents



THE STANDARD OF VISA ISSUANCE


   - The chief of a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad may issue a single visa (F-4) with a 2 year

    period of sojourn
   - For a Korean-American applicant, the chief of a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad may re-

    issue this visa for a period of 2 years.



VISA ISSUANCE


   When the application is approved, the chief of a Korean Embassy or Consulate abroad shall affix

a visa stamp in the passport of the applicant. Contained in the stamp, are noted the status of sojourn

(F-4), period of stay (less than 2 years) and validity of the visa

(Website : www.moj.go.kr/immi/08_english/02_business/service_01_f.html)
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SPECIFICALLY FOR OVERSEAS ADOPTED KOREANS (OAKS)
G.O.A.'L.



WHO CAN OBTAIN THIS VISA?


People of Korean decent residing overseas that emmigrated from korea after 1948. Overseas

Korean Nationals (Haewe-Hankook / Dongpo= Kyopo) or Foreign National Koreans (Wekook-

Kookjeok-Dongpo=OAKs, Korean born overseas with another citizenship and Koreans who have

changed their citizenship).



HOW DOES THIS BILL BENEFIT US?


This bill for OAKs gives us legal status in Korea for two years and is also renewable without having to

leave the country. If you decide to move within these two years, you must notify the Seoul

Immigration office. We no longer need sponsorship from a school, company, family or friend. This

means work, study, or family visas are not necessary. We are legally entitled to own land or property,

open up a business, and tutor privately.

Employment in companies will be a little easier to obtain, as the companies will not have the hassle

of paperwork for a work visa. In most every case of employement, speaking Korean is always a plus!



THIS VISA DOES NOT GUARANTEE US TO OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING


When buying a cellular phone (as a foreigner) we may not be able to purchase it under our own name.

each companies rules differ for extending credit. If you experience difficulties, then you should consiler

asking a native Korean to sponsor a cellular phone for you. Applying for a bank loan, credit card, or

wiring money overseas from Korea. Is also conditional of each bank’s approval. up to the bank if they

want to trust you. If they do not trust you, then you should ask a native Korean to sponsor you.

Employment means 'white collar' jobs such as teaching, office work, government work, etc. You are

NOT allowed to work (as the Koreans would say) any of the 3D's. This means, dangerous, dirty, and

difficult jobs. i.e. factory workers, street venders, janitorial work, maintenance, house cleaning, etc.
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HOW TO OBTAIN THIS VISA


From overseas you may go to the nearest Korean embassy or consulate. Calling first is

recommended! In Korea you should go to the Seoul Immigration office in "Oh Mok Kyo Dong"

(subway line, no. 5). There is a special department specifically for this visa on the 2nd floor, room

204. When arriving on the first floor there is a written notice only in Korean. You will need to pay the

60,000 won fee on the first floor by purchasing a stamp before going to the second floor to apply for

the visa.



DOCUMENTS TO PROVIDE


Proof that you were once born in Korea as a Korean citizen (a copy of your "Family Register" - Ho-

Jeok). For OAKs - Your family register is either in your file at your adoption agency or in Korea at

your adoption agency. If your file is missing or misplaced, your adoption agency in Korea will help

you provide proof that you were once born in Korea as a Korean citizen. Unfortunately those who

were adopted in the late 1950's or those who were not adopted through any current adoption agency

may have a more difficult time to obtain this document.



Note You must provide this document in order prove that you were born in Korea. If you know your

      adoption agency in Korea, you can write to them to request this letter.

Note If arriving on a tourist visa, the immigration officer may ask you to provide your family registry

      and a document of proof that you discontinued your Korean citizenship. You may do this while

      you're at your adoption agency.



T i p Obtaining this document may be difficult for some of you, we recommend you come to Korea

      on a tourist visa which in most cases is valid for 90 days (cost $50). Visa exemptions for

      European countries and Australia allow you to stay in Korea for up to 90 days without a visa.

      For the U.S., the limit is 30 days, and for Canada, 180 days. After arrival in Korea, you will

      have less dificulty changing your visa status.
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THINGS YOU WILL NEED


         - Two application forms :

         - Domestic residence report of foreign national Korean (Wekook-Kookjeok-Dongpo

          Kooknae- Keososhingoseo), and a change of visa status form.

         - $50 US or 60.000 won

         - You can purchase a stamp at the immigration office or at your Korean consulate.

         - Two current pictures

         - Valid ID
         - Current passport



Process time If you arrive in Korea on a (3-6 months) tourist, working, or student visa, it will take 1-

                 2 weeks from the time you submit the visa request (Seoul immigration office).



Note When submitting the request, the immigration officer will take all documents listed above

      including your ID card and passport. At this time ask for a receipt stating that your passport

      and ID are with them. They will inform you what day you can receive your passport, and new

      ID card.



FOR A LIST OF DISTRICT IMMIGRATION OFFICES IN KOREA

Website : www.moj.go.kr/english/function/function06_08.php
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FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SEOUL, KOREA
You may want to register with your embassy during your stay in Korea as a precaution, or in case friends
or family from abroad need to contact you in an emergency.


Embassy of Belgium                                   Embassy of The Netherlands
Website : www.belgium.or.kr                          Website : www.nlembassy.or.kr
                                                     Embassy of Norway
Embassy of Canada                                    Website : www.norway.or.kr/info/embassy.htm
Website : www.korea.gc.ca
                                                     Embassy of Sweden
Embassy of Denmark                                   Website : www.swedenabroad.com
Website : www.denmark-embassy.or.kr
                                                     Embassy of The United Kingdom
Embassy of France                                    Website                                           :
Website : ambassade.france.or.kr                     www.britishembassy.or.kr/english/index.htm


Embassy of Germany                                   Embassy of The United States of America
Website : www.gembassy.or.kr/de/home/index.html      Website : usembassy.state.gov/seoul
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MOTHERLAND AND ROOTS TOURS TO KOREA

Motherland and/or Roots tours have become part of the post-adoption services offered by many
adoption agencies. Some of these tours are for teenage adoptees and their adoptive parents, others
are exclusively for adult Korean adoptees. Some private tour companies offer tours to Asia that
include specialized motherland tours for adoptees and their families. In addition, a few non-profit
Korean organizations, as well as the Overseas Koreans Foundation, run annual summer programs
for adoptees. Most tours run from 10 days to two weeks.


Please check the following websites or contact the tour organizer directly for more information about
dates, prices and duration.



U.S. TOUR ORGANIZATIONS

California Pacific Tours
Tel : 1-650-615-4750
Email : ysj@cptours.com
Website : www.cptours.com


Children's Home Society of Minnesota-Tour Korea!
Affiliated with Eastern Social Welfare Society
Tel : 1-651-646-4414
Jeff Mondloh, Email : jmondloh@chsm.com
Website : www.childrenshomeadopt.org/Korea_Tours.html


Dillon International, Inc.-Visit Korea
Affiliated with Eastern Social Welfare Society
Tel : 1-918-749-4600
Email : bev@dillonadopt.com or elaine@dillonadopt.com
Website : www.dillonadopt.com/Dillon%20Visit%20Korea%20Tour.htm


Friends of Korea Family Exchange Program
Tel : 1-916-933-1447
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Email : forkorea@aol.com
Website : www.friendsofkorea.org/?page=family_exchange


Holt Motherland and Family Tours
Motherland Tour is for adoptees 18 and older
Tel : 1-541-687-2202
Sue Mills, Email : suem@holtintl.org
Website : www.holtintl.org/tours/korea/


Korean Homeland Tours
Affiliated with Catholic Charities in Maryland
Tel : 1-301-989-9164
Email : CaroleCangiano@koreahomelandtours.com
Website : www.koreahomelandtours.com


Korean Roots Tour
Website : www.roottravel.co.kr


※ Contact one of four following agencies for more information :


   Spence-Chapin, NY
   Tel : 1-212-360-0244
   Nancy Wahlin, Email : nwahlin@spence-chapin.org


   Family and Children's Agency, CT :
   Tel : 1-203-855-8765
   Ms.Anne Facto, Email : fcadoption@aol.com


   Family Adoption Consultants, OH
   Tel : 1-330-468-0673
   Barbara Irvin, Email : birvinfac@yahoo.com


   TBI General Tours, NH :
   Tel : 1-908-823-0320
   Lai SooHoo Lum, Email : laitbi@rcn.com
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Korean Ties Program
For adoptive families
Tel : 1-800-398-3676
Email : info@adoptivefamilytravel.com
Website : www.adoptivefamilytravel.com


Sejong Cultural Outreach Korea Trip
Camp Sejong, 5 Willow Court, Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Tel : 1-530-674-2110
Email : lgelber47@comcast.net



EUROPEAN TOUR ORGANIZATIONS

Shilla Travel
Travel agency specializing in tours to South Korea,
run by a Korean adoptee
Postbus 13271, 3507 LG Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel : 31(0)30 271 76 92, 31(0)30 272 13 84, Fax : 31(0)30 272 02 79
Email : info@shilla.nl
Website : www.shilla.nl



KOREAN TOUR ORGANIZATIONS

Holt Travel Services
Organizes Motherland and Family tours, individual tour packages and manages Holt Guesthouse
Tel : 82-2-338-7774, Fax : 82-2-338-8044
Email : holtra@chollian.net
Website : www.holt.or.kr/travel/main1/main.htm


Eastern Social Welfare Services
Motherland tour affiliated with
Children's Home Society of Minnesota and Dillon International
493 Changchondong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-836
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Tel : 82-2-332-3941
Email : postadoption@eastern.or.kr
Website : www.eastern.or.kr


The Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF)
Summer Cultural Awareness Program for Overseas Adopted Koreans
Annual two-week tour and cultural program
Tel : 82-2-3463-6742, Fax : 82-2-3463-2666
Jeannie Hong, Email : hongjh@okf.or.kr
Website : oaks.hanminjok.net


YWCA
Summer School for Korean Adoptees
Annual program for European adoptees over 18 years of age
Tel : 82-2-3705-6016, Fax : 82-2-3705-6020
Email : sska2004@hotmail.com
Website : www.seoulywca.or.kr/young/sska_about.asp


International Korean Adoptee Services (InKAS)
Summer School
Annual two-week cultural program with tour
Tel : 82-2-3148-0258, Fax : 82-2-3148-0259
Email : inkas21@yahoo.co.kr
Website : inkas.or.kr/eng_default.asp
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ACCOMMODATIONS
SEE      www.tour2korea.com




HOTELS


Hotels are classified into five categories : super deluxe (five-star), deluxe (four-star), first class (three-

star), second class (two-star), third class (one-star).

Generally, a double room in a super deluxe hotel costs approximately 200,000-400,000 won ,a

deluxe hotel 150,000-250,000 won, a first class hotel 100,000-150,000, second class 50,000-

100,000 won, third class 30,000-100,000 won. Hotel prices vary depending on season and location.

Hotels above deluxe class usually contain fitness center, sauna, business center, restaurants and

cafes. Hotels often add a 10% VAT and 10% service charge.



YOUTH HOSTELS


Currently there are 52 hostels in South Korea. Hostels are located in famous cities and regions from

tourist sites and downtown areas to places that are difficult to reach. It is a good idea to make a

reservation beforehand. Generally, hostels are very large and offer facilities comparable to deluxe

hotels. Thus, the price varies considerably from 10,000 won (for a single room) to 160,000 won (for a

family room). Persons possessing a Hostelling International Card can receive discounts ranging from

20-30%. Hostelling International Cards are available at various Youth Hostels Association offices

around the world. In Korea, you can get one from the Korea Youth Hostels Association Office for

20,000 won (15,000 won if under 25 years old).



      Korea Youth Hostels Association

      Address : Jeokseon Hyundai Building Rm.409, Jeokseon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

      Tel : 82-2-725-3031, Fax : 82-2-725-3113

      Directions : The building is at Gyeongbokgung Station

      (Seoul Subway Line No.3) exit 6
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   ※ For information on other hostels contact the Youth Hostels Association

   ※ Tel : 82-2-725-3031, Fax : 82-2-725-3113

   ※ Website : yh.kyha.or.kr/english/index.html



Holders of the Hostelling International Card can receive many benefits such as favorable exchange

rates at Chohung Bank, and a 10-20% discount at Everland, Lotte World, Seoul Land, Mt. Chiaksan

Dreamland, Kumho Car Rental, Han River Cruises, Namsan Seoul Tower, Movie Theaters, etc.



MOTELS/YEOGWANS


The most prevalent type of accommodation in Korea are motels and yeogwans. Many motels and

yeogwans populate the vicinity nearby bus terminals and train stations in large cities. They are easy

to access, and relatirely inexpensive. Reservations are not required unless it is peak season or a

holiday. One to the low price and easy accessibility, conditions are often modest. These

accommodations usually offer ‘On-Dal’ rooms so if you want a western-style room (with a bed) it is a

good idea to check beforehand. The prices vary depending on location and facilities. Generally, the
cost is about 25,000-50,000 won, however prices may increase significantly during peak seasons or

holidays.



Peak seasons : April-May, July-August, October-November. During winter, motels and yeogwans

                are usually filled around ski resorts.



See the official website : www.worldinn.com/eng/Main.po



HOMESTAYS


Homestays are the best way to learn and experience Korean culture and lifestyle. The host families

can act as guides and provide profound insight on Korean tourist sites and culture. For a small fee

these host families are willing to share their home and time. Furthermore, an increasing number of

families are offering room and board to foreign travelers. The cost for one night's accommodation
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usually ranges from 25,000-40,000 won. Cheaper rates are available for long-term accommodations.


           LABO Korea                                         www.labostay.or.kr
           Homestay Korea                                     www.homestaykorea.com
           Korea Homestay                                     www.koreahomestay.com
           SN Global                                          www.gohomestay.com
           Korea Youth Exchange Promotion Association         www.kyepa.or.kr
           LEX Youth Korea                                    www.lex.or.kr (Korean)
           Seoul Homestay Center                              www.seoulhomestay.com


Also, adoptee service organizations in Korea such as InKAS and IECEF also offer homestay

arrangements (see Resources for Adoptees in Korea).



TEMPLE STAYS


Temple Stays were initially established for foreign tourists during the 2002 World Cup, but with its

continuing popularity and demand, the program has been extended. Temple Stays offer a unique

experience for tourists to live in a Buddhist temple, learn and experience firsthand about Korean

culture and the lifestyle of Buddhist monks. It is a truly unique and special type of accommodation.

Temple Stays operate on an irregular basis depending on the schedules of individual temples.

Applications can be made at the Temple Stay Korea homepage.



Website : www.templestaykorea.net/default_eng.asp



GUESTHOUSES


Guesthouses are inexpensive and are a good way to experience Korean culture and meet other

foreign tourists. Backpackers can receive useful travel information from the owners of the

guesthouse. They also offer special weekend programs that allow foreigners to meet Koreans.

Guesthouses offer foreign tourists the opportunity to learn about Korea firsthand and meet new

Korean friends. Many guesthouses are remodeled family homes (generally sharing bathrooms) and
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are nearby downtown areas and tourist destinations. The price for one night is around 15,000-40,000

won.



KoRoot is a guesthouse exclusively for Korean adoptees (as well as their families and partners) :

www.koroot.org (see Resources for Adoptees in Korea).


           Guesthouse Korea                             www.guesthouseinkorea.com
           Seoul Backpackers                            www.seoulbackpackers.com
           Kims Guesthouse                              www.kimsguesthouse.com
           Guesthouse Sinavrow                          www.sinavrow.com
           Friends House                                www.friends-house.com
           Exciting Korea Guesthouse                    www.excitingkorea.com
           Seoul Guesthouse                             www.seoul110.com
           Wow Guesthouse                               www.wowgh.co.kr
           Young Home                                   www.guesthouse-homestay.com
           Tuyosinoie                                   www.tuyosi.com
           Guesthouse Seoul                             www.guesthouseseoul.com
           Namsan Guesthouse                            www.namsanguesthouse.com




HANOK


  Visitors can also stay at a hanok, a Korean traditional house. It is a unique opprtunity for overseas

visitors to experience the traditional Korean life style. All furniture, windows and other items are

reproductions of a traditional Korean house. Traditional sleeping pads and quilts are provided.

Samcheonggak in Seoul and Jirye Artists Colony and Suaedang in Andong boast beautiful natural

surroundings. Rakgojae, Seoul Guest House in Seoul, and Saehwagwan and Yangsajae in Jeonju

are each located inside a hanok village, where visitors can feel the flavor of old Korean life. Room

rates very. For Samcheonggak, rates are over 200,000 won per room (breakfast not included), but

for most others, rates are under 100,000 won per room (breakfast included).
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     SEOUL

        Friends House          www.friends-house.com
        Rakgojae               hs-plan.co.kr (Korean)
        Samcheonggak           www.samcheonggak.or.kr
        Seoul Guest House      www.seoul110.com




     JEONJU

        Saehwagwan             www.saehwagwan.com
        Yangsajae              www.jeonjutour.co.kr




     ANDONG

        Jirye Artists Colony   www.jirye.com
        Suaedang               www.suaedang.com (Korean)
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RESOURCES FOR ADOPTEES IN KOREA

   There are a number of organizations in Korea that offer services for adoptees who return to

Korea. Most of these organizations are non-profit, volunteer-based organizations which provide help

with accommodations and homestays, cultural adjustment, translation, language programs, birth

family searches, and employment.




BRIDGE OF ADOPTEES FROM CHONNAM KWANG-JU (B.A.C.K.)

Email : missionjin@yahoo.co.kr

Website : www.back.or.kr



   An organization based in the southern city of Kwangju that helps adoptees with birth family

searches, translation, homestays and also promotes domestic adoption in Korea.




GLOBAL OVERSEAS ADOPTEES' LINK(G.O.A.'L)

Seodaemungu Chungjeongno3ga 189-9 Midong APT #512 Seoul, South Korea

Tel : 82-2-365-6585    Fax : 82-2-365-6586      Email : office@goal.or.kr

Website : www.goal.or.kr



   G.O.A.'L (Global Overseas Adoptees' Link) was established in Seoul, in March 1998 by a group of

overseas adopted Koreans (OAKs) from Europe and the US, as an independent organization run by

OAKs already living in Korea to assist OAKs during their transition to live in or visit Korea.

   The mission of G.O.A.'L is to provide adoptees with a variety of services to ease their stay in

Korea. G.O.A.'L currently offers the following services, birth family search assistance, employment &
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accommodations referrals, translation/interpretation aid, annual conferences, language classes, and

social activities to network with other adoptees and Korean natives affiliated with G.O.A.'L.

Additionally, several Korean language scholarship opportunities are available through various

partnerships with Korean universities in and outside of Seoul.

     In February 2002, G.O.A.'L officially registered as a non-profit organization (NPO) and established

a Board of Directors consisting of nine members from various fields interested in the adoptive

community and G.O.A.'L's mission. G.O.A.'L also received non-governmental organizational (NGO)

status in 2004. With both registrations G.O.A.'L hopes to attract more financial assistance through

corporate, institutional and individual sponsorships.

     The G.O.A.'L office is currently staffed by OAKs from Europe and the US, as well as native

Koreans. Additionally, a strong and dedicated volunteer and member base reflects the success of

the organization. G.O.A.'L is located on the 5th floor of the Midong Apartment Complex near

Chungjeongno Subway Station, exit #8, on lines #2 (Green) and #5 (Purple). For more information

visit our website at : www.goal.or.kr or email to: office@goal.or.kr.




INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL EXCHANGE FOUNDATION (IECEF)

Adoptees' Homecoming Support Center

Tel : 82-2-2683-7315     Fax: 82-2-2683-7310      Email : adopteecenter@iecef.org

Website : www.iecef.org



Services offered :

Airport pickup, general orientation in Korea, basic guidance and support, birth family search

assistance, homestays and help with finding employment.



The Adoptees' Homecoming Support Center at IECEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to

providing services to Korean adoptees who want to visit or live in Korea.
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IECEF Homestays

  - A great opportunity to experience Korean culture in a unique and supportive environment.

  - All host families’ accommodations are evaluated for their location, cleanliness, and safety.



Birth family search assistance

  - Adoptees’ search information is posted on the IECEF website and printed in its brochures.

  - IECEF provides written and oral translation services for both adoptees and birth families.

  - IECEF publishes a book series called The Letter Never Sent written in both English and Korean

    languages as part of a continuous effort to assist adoptees with birth family search.



Employment assistance

  - IECEF posts job opportunities on its website board and networks with business and organization

    contacts to search for potential jobs for adoptees.



If you are thinking about coming to Korea and have any questions, please contact us.

International Educational & Cultural Exchange Foundation (IECEF)
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INKAS: INTERNATIONAL KOREAN ADOPTEE SERVICE

Tel : 82-2-3148-0258       Fax : 82-2-3148-0259      E-mail : inkas21@yahoo.co.kr

Website : www.inkas.or.kr



     InKAS is a non-profit organization which protects and serves overseas adoptee and adoptive

family's interests.

     We wish to support the development of adoptee pride in their Korean roots through the promotion

of international friendships and by improving Korea's image through collaborative projects with

adoptees and adoptive parents.



     Purpose

     1. To assist adoptees in establishing their identities and inspiring pride in their ethnic identity.

     2. To provide adoptees with a chance to relate to various world cultures through InKAS's volunteer

       services.

     3. To take the leading part in globalization by acting as non-governmental diplomats.

     4. To improve Korea's image held by adoptees, adoptive families, and adopting nations through

       InKAS.

     5. To provide services in and out of Korea through InKAS



     Finding Your Roots

     - We can Assist in birth families searches.

     - We provide all the resources and do the search for you.

     - We also translate letters for you if you wish to correspond with your birth families.

     - We will make all the necessary arrangements for you.
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Visiting Korea

- When you visit Korea either as an individual or in a group basis, we provide all the necessary

 services such as airport pickup, hotel or homestay arrangements, and provision of guides or

 interpreters.

- You can also visit Korea to learn about the Korean culture & language, Korean. In either case,

 we will help you with all the necessary arrangements.

- We can help adoptees do volunteer work at places like orphanages while they stay in Korea.



International Exchange

- We will help you form international relationships with Korean families who can speak English.

 You can develop friendships and understand each other by exchanging mail or visiting with each

 other.

- We will help you make friends with Korean students who can speak English, so you can have a

 better understanding of Korea.

- Individual exchange for any individual adoptee over 18 or Family exchange between overseas

 adoptive families and domestic families.
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KOROOT : A GUESTHOUSE FOR OVERSEAS ADOPTED KOREANS

Tel : 82-2-3210-2451     Fax : 82-2-3210-2452     Email : master@koroot.org

Website : www.koroot.org



     KoRoot is a family-style guesthouse that was established in 2003 as an inexpensive place for

adoptees to stay when visiting Korea. Located near downtown Seoul in a quiet neighborhood,

KoRoot offers clean living conditions with all the conveniences and comforts of a home, in beautiful

surroundings.

     KoRoot is more than just a guesthouse. We also support the needs of adoptees by offering basic

courses in Korean culture and language, help with finding birthparents, and interpretation and

counseling support following reunions. Adoptees can stay at KoRoot for up to 3 months, and we also

help adoptees make other arrangements if they plan to extend their stay in Korea. KoRoot is a

resource for adoptees, and we want to help convey adoptee voices, thoughts and opinions to Korean

society.

     KoRoot recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in July 2004. With one year past, we can look

back on some of our accomplishments. We have had events including our monthly evenings with a

notable Korean, and monthly dinners that bring current residents together with adoptees and other

Koreans living in Seoul. We have also installed facilities for Korean language instruction and offer

basic classes in the Korean language.

     We also have many plans for the future. They include offering a weekend course in adjusting to

life in Korea for those adoptees who plan to live and work for an extended period here. We also will

offer programs to visit famous historical or natural sites, as well as organize seminars that bring

adoption specialists and policy makers to discuss adoption-related policies. As part of our goal to

bring adoptee voices to Korean society, we would like to showcase adoptee artists and their creative

work, and we will also be translating adoptee memoirs to be published in Korean.
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KOREAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS


ONLINE COURSES                                         Fax : 82-2-332-6004

                                                       Website : www.gkli.co.kr

Teen Korean

Website : www.teenkorean.com                           Language Teaching Research Center (LTRC)

                                                       60-17 Taepyongro 1-ga, Chung-gu, Seoul 100-101

Sogang University Virtual Korean course                Tel : 82-2-737-4641, Fax : 82-2-734-6036

Website : korean.sogang.ac.kr/                         Email : ltrc@unitel.co.kr
                                                       Website : www.ltrc.co.kr

Introduction to Korean
Website : www.unification.org/ucbooks/kintro/toc.htm   Seoul Korean Language Academy

                                                       4F Jichoun Building, 818-1 Yoksam-dong,

Korean Language Education Clearinghouse                Kangnam-gu, Seoul 135-080

Website : www.arts.monash.edu.au/korean/klec           Tel : 82-2-563-3226, Fax : 82-2-563-3227

                                                       Email : seoul-kla@seoul-kla.com

Korean National Tourism Office                         Website : www.seoul-kla.com/eng/main_00.htm

List of Korean language programs, Basics of

Korean Language, Romanization rules, Handy

Korean Phrases, Let’s Learn Korean                     UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS
Website : english.tour2korea.com/02Culture/

KoreanLanguage/learn_korean_language.asp?k             ■SEOUL
onum=subm1_1&kosm=m2_9

                                                       Yonsei University

                                                       Korean Language Institute

LANGUAGE INSTITUTES                                    Institute of Language Research and Education

                                                       134 Shinchon-dong, Sodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749

Ganada Language Institute                              Tel : 82-2-2123-3464, Fax : 82-2-393-4599

568-51 Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 121-866           Email : yskli@yonsei.ac.kr

Tel : 82-2-332-6003                                    Website : www.yonsei.ac.kr/~kli/
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Ewha Women's University                           Konkuk University

Institute of Language Education                   Foreign Language Institute

11-1 Daehyun-dong, Sodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-750     1 Hwayang-dong Kwanjin-gu, 143-701, Seoul Korea

Tel : 82-2-3277-3183, Fax : 82-2-3277-2855        Tel : 82-2-450-3075/6, Fax : 82-2-455-6709

Email : korean@lu.ewha.ac.kr                      Website : www.konkuk.ac.kr/~kfli

Website : ile.ewha.ac.kr/english/

                                                  Kyung Hee University, Seoul Campus

Seoul National University                         Institute of International Exchanges

Language Education Institute                      1 Hoeki-dong, Dongdaemoon-gu, Seoul 130-70, Korea

Survival Korean Evening Class                     Tel : 82-2-961-0081~2, Fax : 82-2-959-9018

San 56-1 Shinrim-dong, Kwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742   Email : iie@khu.ac.kr

Tel : 82-2-880-8570 / 5488                        Website : www.iie.ac.kr

Email : klp@snu.ac.kr

Website : language.snu.ac.kr/                     Sungkyunkwang University

                                                  Language Institute

Sogang University                                 Humanities and Social Sciences Campus

Center for Korean Studies                         53 Myeongnyun-dong 3-ga Jongno-gu Seoul 110-

1, Shinsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-742, Korea     745, Korea

Tel : 82-2-705-8088, Fax : 82-2-701-6692          Website : eng.skku.edu/admission/D4a.html

Email : ckss@sogang.ac.kr

Website : www.sogang.ac.kr/~ckss                  Kyung Hee University, Suwon Campus

                                                  Institute of Continuing Education

Korea University                                  1 Seochun-ni, Kiheung-eup Yongin City, Kyunggi-do

Institute of Foreign Language Studies             Tel : 82-331-201-2277, Fax : 82-331-205-7142

Korean Language & Culture Center                  Email : khwd8319@khu.ac.kr

5-1 Anam-dong, Sungbuk-gu, Seoul 136-701

Korea                                             ■ Gwangju
Tel : 82-2-3290-1455, 82-2-927-3690

Fax : 82-2-921-0534                               Chosun University

Website : langtopia.korea.ac.kr                   Korean Language Institute
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375 Seosuk-dong, Dong-gu, Gwangju 501-759, Korea   CULTURAL PROGRAMS

Tel : 82-62-230-6667,6674,7329

Fax : 82-62-234-6769                               Inje University Institute for International

Website : www.chosun.ac.kr/~z5018                  Human Resources (IIIHR)

Website : www.chosun.ac.kr/~z5018/korlec.htm       Website : home.inje.ac.kr/~iiihr

                                                   � WHAT IS IIIHR?

■ DAEGU                                            The IIIHR is a non-profit educational institution

                                                   attached to Inje University, located in Kimhae,

Institute of International Studies & Programs      Kyungnam, Korea. The institute started with a

Jillyang, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 712-714, Korea      program to invite a few young Korean Americans,

Tel : 82-53-850-5686, Fax : 82-53-850-5689         who were adopted by American families as

Email : iisp@daegu.ac.kr                           children, to live on campus for a period of four

Website : free.taegu.ac.kr/~iisp/english/          months, to study the Korean language, history

Website : eng_index.htm                            and culture, and to arrange short trips to different

Scholarship Opportunities                          cultural or historical sites around the country

                                                   Though the institute is providing the program only

■ NONSAN                                           for the Korean adoptees, it will develop various

                                                   programs to provide service for various young

Geumgang University                                overseas Koreans including the ones from

14-9 Daemyung-ri, Sangwol-myeon, Nonsan-si,        emigrant families

Chungnam 320-931, Korea

Tel : 82-41-731-3114, Fax : 82-41-731-3049         Ajou University Summer School

Director Hakyong Leigh, Email : leigh@gu.ac.kr     Office of the International Affairs, Ajou University

Website : www.geumgang.ac.kr/en/international/     San 5 Wonchun-dong Youngtong-gu

Website : i_kor_int_01.html                        Suwon 442-749, Korea

Scholarships offered for all successful            Tel : 82-31-219-2921-5, Fax : 82-31-219-2924

applicants. Scholarships include tuition waiver,   Email : inter@ajou.ac.kr or iss@ajou.ac.kr

housing and an added stipend for volunteer work    Website : www.ajou.ac.kr/~internat/inter/

as a language exchange partner                     Website : summer.htm

                                                   Ajou University provides an excellent six-week
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international summer school program in Korean or Asian studies and International Business taught in

English, offering a wonderful opportunity for foreign students to explore Korea and its culture. Not

only are classes offered that can be transferred for credits, but there are also special activities, field

trips, language programs, and other events for students to explore and learn about Korea and its

culture during the summer vacation. Students who enroll in our international summer session will

experience fun filled activities such as an end of session party and field trips to the historical sites in

Korea. It is an excellent opportunity to visit Korea, and experience its rich culture and society.



Yonsei University

Division of International Education and Exchange (DIEE) Summer Session

Website : www.yonsei.ac.kr/~ysid/

INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SESSION

Scholarships available.



Ewha Women's University

International Co-Ed Summer School

Website : iei.ewha.ac.kr/

Application Deadline : May 31 of each year

Scholarships available, including the Korean Adoptee Fellowship at Ewha (KAFE), for two qualified

applicants each year



Korea University

Institute of International Education

Summer Campus

Scholarships available based on academic performance

Unju Rah, Program Manager

Tel : 82-2-3290-1596

Email : unju_rah@korea.ac.kr

Website : iie.korea.ac.kr/
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Pusan National University

Summer Korean Program

Office of Public and Foreign Affairs

Pusan National University, Pusan 609-755

Tel : 82-51-510-3653, Fax : 82-51-582-6980

Email : summer@home.pusan.ac.kr

Website : home.pusan.ac.kr/~summer




LANGUAGE STUDY FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES



Korea Foundation Fellowships (Graduate Students and Professors)

Deadline July 31stof the year previous to the year of study

Fellowship Program Department

Tel : 82-2-3463-5614, Fax : 82-2-3463-6075

E-mail : fellow@kf.or.kr

Website : www.kf.or.kr/english/guideline/g1.html



The Korea Society Language Study Scholarship

For recent university graduates or graduate students who have a clearly defined interest in Korea.

U.S. citizens only.

Two language scholarships per year. Deadline in late March.

Contact : Rebecca Brabant

Tel 82-212-759-7525 (ext. 326)

Email : rebecca.ny@koreasociety.org

Website : www.koreasociety.org
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FINDING A JOB IN KOREA : AN OVERVIEW
KELLI DONIGAN


OVERVIEW


   For Korean overseas adoptees who are either thinking about coming to Korea to live or who are in
Korea for a duration, one of the primary needs is finding a job. However, the task of finding a job in
Korea is quite tedious and overwhelming especially if you don't know where to begin or who to
contact. Since 1999, G.O.A.L. (Global Overseas Adoptees Link) has offered an employment service
to help minimize the difficulty of looking for employment and to provide a network of contact
information between interested Korean employers and overseas adoptees.


   To answer some common inquiries, we have provided a basic overview of what types of jobs are
available for Korean overseas adoptees, where and how to begin looking for jobs, certain
expectations, some personal advice about finding employment in Korea as well as some personal
anecdotes from two other adoptees who are living in Korea.




TYPES OF JOB POSITIONS IN KOREA


   � Private Foreign Language Institutes (Hagwons)
   � Private Business Programs (for large corporate groups such as LG, Hyundai)
   � University Language Institutes - University Academic departments
      - Highest hiring standards; most instructors have MA degrees in TESOL and years of
        teaching experience.
   �Government / Private research centers
      - Degrees in the humanities, economics, or business administration as full-time editors.
      - Editors proofread correspondence and research publications, write speeches, and
        occasionally teach.
   �Editing / Public Relations / Advertising companies / Journalism
      - Hired as copy editors; very hard to obtain since they are popular
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 �Private tutoring / Informal Classes
    - Technically illegal except with an F-4 visa. Part-time instruction at a second institute is legal
      only with permission from the sponsoring institute and Korean immigration authorities.
    - Private tutoring pays more per hour, but sometimes is hard to maintain long-term
 �IT Venture Companies / Marketing / Overseas Trading Companies
    - Requires specialty skills in IT field, and have at least a minimal if not fluent ability in Korean
      or another foreign language.




WHERE AND HOW TO START LOOKING


 1) It's recommended that you look first in your home country. Do research by surfing the Internet
   to learn more about the job market in Korea and what kind of job it is you want. Make sure to
   continue to update your resume and have a cover letter as well.


 2) Visit the websites of either the Institutes, or company you are interested in. What the company's
   culture like? Who are its leaders? What's the company's mission statement, and what is it
   looking for in its employees? What distinguishes this company from its competitors? If satisfied
   and interested, send your resume along with a cover letter if needed.


 3) It is important to figure out what exactly What you want to do and in which field. From here,
   contact employers or companies of interest directly either via email or by phone.


 4) Networking : seeking employment through friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are good
   ways but don't stop there, look into different organizations, headhunter/job agencies, and
   foreign chambers of commerce in Korea to assist you in looking for jobs.


 5) Also, contacting executive search consultants and recruiters is a good way to help find
   employment opportunities. However, it's important to understand how recruiters operate.
   Recruiters find people for jobs, not jobs for people. However, if you make the effort to meet with
   a recruiter in person (as opposed to simply sending them your resume), the odds are that they'll
   remember you when a job comes along that you're qualified for.
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  6) In this tough job market, having good etiquette can make all the difference in the world. Be sure
      to return calls promptly, write thank-you letters after interviews, turn off your cell phone during
      meetings, and decline a job offer-rather than hold onto it-if you know you're not going to accept
      it. Politeness and etiquette show great integrity and respect to everyone you are in contact with
      during your job search.




WHAT TO EXPECT AND NOT TO EXPECT


  1) Expect it to take some time. The current economic situation is not so good and because of this
      slump, employment growth in Korea has been stagnating and finding a job is highly competitive
      for both native Koreans and foreigners/adoptees. If you can't find a job right away, don't be too
      discouraged-keep trying. Just be patient; a suitable job will turn up. Don't be too rash.


  2) Expect a wax and wane period occasionally. If you are a teacher, for instance, some times
      there may be no vacancies at all, and at other times there may be an unusualy high demand
      for teachers all at once, but hardly any applicants. This is why its good to consult around on a
      regular basis. Not only does the stability of the economy have to due with finding a job, but
      good timing. A good time to apply for Universities is during December - February and also from
      May - July.   This is usually their recruiting period.


  3) Don't expect the same conditions as you would at home. It is Korea; not America, not Europe.
      So as frustrating or incomprehensible as it may seem, there are different standards and
      regulations in Korea as well as for foreigners. As adoptees we are considered foreigners.
      Make sure you learn about some of the basic standards or rules in your place of employment
      and what is expected from you.


  4) Don't be too picky or demanding. If you come off this way, you'll end up with no job. Usually, if
      you are hired, especially in a Korean business company, you will most likely be one of the few
      foreigners/adoptees, if not the only one. It's a challenge for Koreans as well as
      foreigners/adoptees to work together. Most Korean employees want to find someone who is
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     willing to make some compromises and is willing to negotiate.


   5) Don't take things too literally. Just because Koreans say something or even promise
     something verbally; doesn't mean that it will happen. For a business or English Institute, I
     would recommend having the agreement of working terms written out thoroughly and
     explained to you. Make sure you have things in a written contract and signed by you end
     employer.


   Try to find someone in whom you can trust and work with well to help meditate or translate. You
just have to use your sixth sense or instinct in some cases.




ADVICE


   Since I've been here for over 6 years, I'd like to share with you some invaluable tips that helped
me to adjust and make life in Korea a little less complicated and more enjoyable :
   Be Proactive! This means be your own resource! There are many resources through the
Internet and organizations, but don't always rely on them to help you. They can only do so much.
Do not wait for a job advertisement to come your way! Answer it! The first step in being your own
resource, take the initiative to find what it is you are looking for; market yourself; do some research
of the field you are interested in. Create a network of friends or business contacts who you can
trust and help you. And you'll feel great knowing that you at least tried and made an effort!
   Get a handphone-used or new (It's a ubiquious and addicting item)! If you happen to not have
one, it's really hard to have people contact you, especially if you are out and about, and it's a bit
isolating. Careful though, don't go too fanatic since it could be costly depending on how much you
use it. This may be another reason why you need to find a job quickly!
   I wish you lots of luck finding a job here and enjoy yourself in Korea. The new employment
coordinator of G.O.A.L is Mun, Kyung Hee. If you have further questions, please contact
Kyunghee's job website at www.cafe.daum.net/jobinfo, where you can upload your resume and
make inquiries.


   Happy Job Hunting!
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TROUVER UN JOB EN CORÉE
PAR KELLI DONIGAN
Traduit par Eric



VUE D'ENSEMBLE


Pour les adoptés étrangers qui pensent a venir s'installer en Corée du Sud ou qui viennent pour une

longue periode, l'un des besoins primaire et de Trouver un travail. Cependant, la recherche d'un

emploi en Corée est assez fastidieuse et éprouvante surtout si vous ne savez pas par ou

commencer ou qui contacter. Depuis 1999, G.O.A.L. (Lien Global pour Adoptés) a mis en place un

service d'emploi afin de réduire les difficultés á rechercher un travail et afin de fournir un centre de

contact entre les employeurs Coréen interessé et les Coréens adoptés.

Afin de répondre aux questions les plus fréquentes sur ce sujet, nous avons mis en place une
répertoire basique sur lequel on peut trouver les genres d'emploi valable pour les Coréens adoptés,

ou et comment commencer, certaines attentes, conseils personnel sur le fait de trouver un emploi, et

aussi quelques anecdoctes personnelle de la part de deux adoptés vivant actuellement en Corée.



TYPES D'EMPLOI EN CORÉE DU SUD


      � Instituts Privée de Langues Etrangère (Hagwons)

      � Programmes Privées en commerce (pour les grands groupes comme LG, Hyundai)

      � Instituts de Langues Universitaire - Département d'Enseignement Universitaire

      � � - Meilleures conditions requise; la plupart des instructeurs ont une Maîtrise en TESOL

             (eq : diplôme d'enseignant en Langues étrangère )et des années d'experience dans

             l'enseignement.

      � Gouvernement/centre Privé de recherche.

      � Diplôme en Science humaines, économies, commerce ou administration en tant que

          éditeurs a plein temps.

      � � - Editeur/correcteur en correspondance et publications de recherches, rédaction des

               discours, et enseigner occasionellement.

      � Rédaction / Relations Publique / Compagnies publicitaire/ Journalisme
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   � � - Engagé en tant qu'éditeur de pages; très dure a obtenir car c'est très populaire

   � Cours & Classes privées

   � � - en théorie illegal. L'enseignement a mi-temps dans une seconde institut est légale

           seulement avec l'accord de l'institut sponsorisant et l'office d'immigration en Corée.

   � � - Les cours privés rapportent plus de l'heure, mais sont dur a maintenir a long terme

   � entreprises informatiques / Marketing / Compagnies étrangère

   � � - Cela demande des connaissances en informatique, et aussi parler un minimum de

           Coréen si ce n'est pas courant ou une autre langue.



OU ET COMMENT COMMENCER


 1) Il est recommendé que vous cherchiez déja avant de venir en Corée. Faites des recherches en

   surfant sur internet afin d'apprendre plus sur le marché de l'emploi en Corée et afin de définir le

   genre d'emploi que vous desirez. Assurez-vous de tenir a jour votre CV et d' avoir une lettre de

   motivation.


 2) Visitez les sites web des Instituts, ou enterprises auquels vous êtes interessé. Comment est

   l'esprit de l'entreprise? Qui sont ses dirigeants? Quel est son mot d'ordre, et qu'est qu'elle

   attends de ses employés? Qu'est-ce qui distingue cette enterprise de ses concurrents? Et si

   vous êtes satisfait et interressé, envoyez votre CV et votre lettre de motivation si besoin.



 3) Il est très important de définir ce que vous voulez faire éxactement ou dans quel branche.

   Partant de lá, contactez les employeurs ou les compagnies directement par email ou

   téléphone.



 4) Dans votre entourage : chercher un emploi a travers vos amis, collègues, et connaissances

   sont de bonnes debouchées mais ne vous arretez pas lá, cherchez aussi dans les autres

   organisations, les chasseurs de tête/agence d'interim, et chambre de commerce internationale

   en Corée afin de vous aider a Trouver des emplois.
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  5) Aussi, contacter des cadres consultants et recruteurs est un bon moyen de trouver des

      opportunités. Cependant, il est important de comprendre comment les recruteurs travaillent.

      Les recruteurs trouvent des personnes pour des emplois, et non des emplois pour des

      personnes. Néanmoins, si vous faites l'effort de rencontrer les recruteurs en personne (au lieu

      d'envoyer votre CV), vous aurez plus de chance qu'ils se souviennent de vous si une occasion

      se présente et que vous êtes qualifié.



  6) Dans ce rude marché de l'emploi, avoir une bonne étiquette peut faire toute la différence du

      monde. Soyez sûr de répondre aux appels téléphonique dans les temps, ecrivez des lettres de

      remerciement après avoir passé des interviews, éteignez votre portable pendant les

      entretiens, et refusez une offre d'emploi au lieu de les mettre en attente si vous savez déja que

      vous n'allez pas la prendre. La politesse et une bonne apparance montre une grande intégrité

      et un respect vis a vis des gens avec qui vous êtes en contact durant votre recherche

      d'emploi.



A QUOI S'ATTENDRE ET NE PAS S'ATTENDRE


  1) Attendez vous a ce que cela prenne du temps. La situation économique actuelle n'est pas très

      bonne et a cause de la crise , l'évolution du marché de l'emploi en Corée a stagné, et trouver

      un emploi est très compétitif pour les Coréens et les étrangers/adoptés. Si vous ne pouvez pas

      trouver d'emploi tout de suite, ne soyez pas decouragé perséverez. Soyez patient; une

      opportunité va s'ouvrir. Ne soyez pas trop imprudent.



  2) Attendez vous á avoir des hauts et des bas de temps á autre. Si vous êtes enseignant, par

      exemple, vous n'aurez aucune debouchées des fois comme d'autre fois vous aurez une

      demande massive d'enseignants arrivant tout d'un coup, mais très peu de candidats. C'est

      pourquoi il est bon de consulter les offres régulièrement. La stabilité de l'économie n'est pas le

      seul facteur dans la recherche d'emploi mais un "bon timing" compte aussi. Une bonne période

      pour postuler dans les universités est aux alentours de décembre- Février et aussi Mai - Juillet.

      C'est habituellement leurs période de recrutrement.
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   3) Ne vous attendez pas á avoir les même conditions que dans le pays oú vous habitez. Ici, c'est

     la Corée du Sud; pas les USA, pas l'Europe. Alors aussi frustrant ou incompréhensible qu'il

     soit, il y a different standards et règles en Corée valable aussi pour les étrangers. En tant

     qu'adoptés nous sommes considerés comme étrangers. Assurez-vous d'apprendre les règles

     ou les coutumes basique dans votre lieu de travail et aussi ce que l'on attends de vous.



   4) Ne soyez pas trop difficile ou capricieux. Si vous partez comme ca, vous allez finir sans

     emploi. D'habitude, si vous êtes embauché, surtout dans une compagnie Coréenne, vous

     serez probablement l'un des seul étrangers/adoptés, si ce n'est pas le seul. C'est un défi pour

     les Coréens aussi bien que pour les étrangers/adoptés de travailler ensemble. La plupart des

     employés Coréen veulent trouver quelqu'un qui soit prêt a faire des compromis et quelqu'un

     qui puisse négotier.



   5) Ne prenez pas les toutes les choses a la lettre. Même si les Coréens disent quelque chose ou

     font des promesses oralement ; cela ne veut pas dire que ca va arriver. Pour un business ou

     une Institut d'anglais, je vous recommenderais d'obtenir un accord sur les conditions de travails

     écrit minutieusement et expliqués en details. Assurez-vous d'avoir un contrat écrit et signé par

     vous et l'employeur.



Essayez de trouver quelqu'un avec qui vous pouvez travailler et avoir confiance afin de vous aider á

traduire et réflechir. Vous devez juste utiliser votre sixième sens ou instinct dans certain cas.



CONSEIL


J'aimerais vous donner quelques conseils les plus important qui m'ont aidé a rendre plus de 6 ans de

ma vie en Corée moins compliqué et plus plaisante :



   Soyez Proactif! Ca veut dire soyez votre propre ressource! Il ya plein de ressources a travers

internet et les organisations, mais ne comptez toujours pas sur elles pour vous aider. Elle ne
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peuvent pas tout faire. N'attendez pas qu'une annonce arrive a votre porte! Répondez y! Le premier

pas en étant votre propre ressource, est de prendre l'initiative de Trouver ce que vous cherchez

vous-même; analysez vous-même; faites des recherches sur les branches qui vous interessent.

Créez un groupe d'amis ou de contacts business qui peuvent vous aider et en qui vous pouvez

compter. Et vous vous sentirez rayonnant sachant que, au moins vous avez fait l'effort d'essayer!



  Prenez un téléphone portable- neuf ou d'occasion (c'est un outil omniprésent/ vous rendant tres

dependant)! Si vous n'en avez pas, ce sera très difficile pour les gens de vous contacter, surtout si

vous n'êtes jamais au même endroit, et c'est un peu isolant. Attention cependant, ne devenez pas

trop fanatique ca pourrait vous coûter chère selon le temps que vous passez au téléphone. Ca

pourrait être une autre raison pourquoi vous devez trouver un emploi assez vite!



Je vous souhaite beaucoup de chances dans votre recherche d'emploi et amusez-vous bien en

Corée du Sud. Le nouveau responsable de la section de l'emploi a G.O.A.L est Mun, Kyung Hee. Si

vous avez d'autres questions, contactez le site internet de Kyunghee sur l'emploi a

www.café.daum.net/jobinfo, oú vous pouvez transmettre votre CV et formuler des demandes.



Bonne chasse a l'emploi!
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PERSONAL WORK EXPERIENCES
AND ADVICE ABOUT KOREA
DANIEL WOO YEOL, FROM FRANCE


I am working as a software engineer in a Korean company providing anti-virus and other security

software. They had contacted me first when I was in France. They were interested in hiring an

experienced foreigner, with specialty skills. I am the first foreigner to work in the Korean headquarters

of this company; I am supposed to help them understand Western culture and the European market

better to make the work more efficient and to fit Western demands.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work in a Korean IT company, you must have some advanced

degree (at least a Masters) and some proven skills. If you can speak reasonable English and some

German it would help a lot. You shouldn't expect to earn the same salary you would get in some

Western countries, but at least you can ask for a decent, competitive salary.

From what I know the best option is to apply for an overseas IT job when you are still in your country;

most of the people working in an IT company signed their contract before coming to Korea. That is

safer because of the economic crisis. Don't be too surprised if Korean people sometimes do not keep

their word, but they usually respect signed contracts.



LISA HANSON, FROM AMERICA


I have been Korea for almost one year. I came on the heels of finishing graduate work in New York. I

have worked for five months at The Korea Times and four months at Herald Media, which owns The

Korea Herald.



The Work

Stories are easy to find. The hard part is being able to tell them in a full way. Many young people in

Korea speak English. However, the older generation, which normally comprises the "official voice"

for a story, is largely non-English speaking. If you are persistent and have the time, you can

always find a way to get around this by adopting a new angle or finding (or paying) a friend to

translate for you. But you may, as I do, always feel a little bit like you missed something crucial.
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The People

The majority of people in management positions are proficient in English. However, complete fluency

and a firm grasp of the language are largely non-existent. This can cause problems for you,

especially if you have specialized training in English and/or journalism. My best advice is to be

patient. Your words might be changed to Konglish. And, some editors may dismiss your suggestions.

But, be patient.



More than age or gender, both companies appreciate your commitment. After awhile, you will find

that people trust you more and are more willing to take your advice.
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EXPERIENCES ET CONSEIL PERSONNELS
SUR L'EMPLOI EN CORÉE DU SUD
DANIEL WOO YEOL, FROM FRANCE


Je travaille en tant qu'ingénieur dans une société coréenne qui développe des antivirus et autres outils de

sécurité informatique. ILS m'ont contacté lorsque j'étais en France. Ils souhaitaient recruter un étranger

expérimenté. Je suis le premier étranger dans leur siège coréen. Je suis supposé les aider à mieux cerner

la culture de l'Occident, mais aussi à changer leurs habitudes de travail, pour s'adapter au modèle

international.

Pour rejoindre vous aussi une société coréenne dans le secteur informatique, il vous faut d'abord des

diplômes (maîtrise au minimum), et de l'expérience. Si vous parlez correctement Anglais et Allemand,

c'est un plus évident. Mais ne pensez pas obtenir ici les salaires de l'Occident. Vous pouvez au moins

prétendre a un salaire décent.

Selon ma propre expérience, le mieux reste d'être sûr d'un emploi avant de venir ici. Avec la crise c'est

plus prudent. Et si les Coréens ne respectent pas toujours leurs promesses verbales, ils ne trichent pas

avec les contrats écrits, à l'inverse des Chinois.



LISA HANSON, DES USA


Cela fait Presque un an que je suis en Corée. Je suis arrivé a la fin de mes études a New York. Et j'ai

travaillé pendant cinq mois au The Korea Times et quatre mois au Herald Media, qui détient The Korea

Herald.



Le travail

Les histoires sont facile á trouver. La partie la plus dure et de pouvoir les raconter en entier. Beaucoup de

jeunes gens en Corée parlent anglais. Cependant, la plus ancienne géneration, qui normallement detient

la "parole officielle" pour une histoire, ne parle pas anglais pour la plupart d'entre eux. Si vous avez le

temps et persistez, vous pouvez toujours trouver un moyen afin de per er la barrière de la communication

en choisissant un nouvel angle ou en trouvant (ou en payeant) un ami qui peut traduire pour vous. Mais

vous vous sentiriez un peu comme si vous avez manqué quelque chose de crucial.
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Les gens

La majorité des gens en poste de direction peuvent parler un bon anglais. Cependant, il est Presque

improbable de trouver des personnes parlant couramment ou très bien la langue. Cela peut vous causer

des problèmes, surtout si vous avez été formé en anglais et/ou en journalisme. Mon meilleur conseil est

d'être patient. Vos mots pourraient être changé en "Konglais". Et, certain rédacteurs pourraient abandoner

vos suggestions. Mais, soyez patient.



Plus que l'age ou le sexe, les compagnies apprecient votre devouement. Plus tard, vous allez decouvrir

que les gens vous font plus confiance et sont prêt a prendre plus en compte vos conseils.
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TEACHING ENGLISH IN KOREA

Because English has become the global language of business and trade, for Koreans, securing a
good job often requires one to demonstrate a good command of the English language. For this
reason, demand for native-English speaking teachers is very high, at public schools, private
institutes, universities, and through private tutoring. Students range in age from small children to high
school students, businesspeople to housewives.


Here are some links to job recruitment companies, job postings websites and other ESL-related
websites.


      Apex Korea                                             www.apexkor.com
      Asian Job Network                                      www.asianjob.net
      Dave's ESL Cafe                                        www.eslcafe.com
      Easy English Consulting                                www.eze365.com
      Ejobfair                                               www.ejobfair.net
      English Spectrum                                       www.englishspectrum.com
      English Job in Korea                                   www.englishjob.net
      EnglishWork                                            www.englishwork.com
      English Program in Korea
      (government-sponsored university teaching program)     epik.knue.ac.kr/
      ESL Career                                             eslcareer.com
      ESL Pro                                                www.eslpro.com
      ESL Worldwide                                          eslworldwide.com
      OMEGA                                                  www.eslcafekr.com
      Family Care                                            www.familycare21.com
      Find a Teacher                                         www.findateacher.co.kr
      Good Luck English                                      www.goodluckenglish.com
      Julice's Korean Job                                    www.julice.co.kr
      Korea Joblink                                          www.koreajoblink.com
      KORJOB                                                 www.korjob.com
      Okay Korea .com                                        www.okaykorea.com
      Teach English                                          www.teachenglish.co.kr
      TransKorea2000                                         www.transkorea2000.com
      The Korea Herald                                       www.koreaherald.co.kr/job/kh_ joblink.asp
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ENGLISH MEDIA IN KOREA



  Description          Nmae                                    Web-site
  Newspaper     Korea Herald               www.koreaherald.co.kr
                Korea Times                www.koreatimes.co.kr/times.htm
                Joongang daily             joongangdaily.joins.com
                Donga daily                english.donga.com
                Chosun Ilbo                english.chosun.com
                Hankyoreh                  www.hani.co.kr/section-001100000/home01.html
                Yonhap News                english.yna.co.kr
                NewsOnKorea                www.newsonkorea.com
                OhmyNews                   english.ohmynews.com
                Korea Web Weekly           www.kimsoft.com/korea.htm
                The Seoul Times            www.theseoultimes.com
                koreaweb                   koreaweb.ws
                Gateway to Korea           www.korea.net
                New on Korea               www.newsonkorea.com
                The Peninsula Reports      www.newsonkorea.com
  TV            KBS                        english.kbs.co.kr
                Arirang TV                 www.arirangtv.com
                AFN Korea                  www.afnkorea.net
  Radio         Arirang FM                 www.arirangfm.com
                AFN                        www.afnkorea.net
                TBS Radio                  www.tbs.seoul.kr
  Magazine      Seoul Selection            www.seoulselection.com
                Seoul Classidied           www.seoulclassified.co.kr