The Daily Living Consultation Team of Seoul Global Center runs free Korean Language Classes to help foreigners settle in Seoul. Catering to the different demands of the foreigners, Korean classes are conducted on weekdays, weekends and even at night. Divided into different classes according to the result of a placement test, more than 1,700 foreigners attended Korean Classes during the 1st – 3rd term conducted in 2017.
There are 13 Seoul Correspondents from 12 countries working at Seoul Global Center. Seoul Correspondents provide information in various languages to ensure a convenient life for foreigners in Korea. In November, the Seoul Correspondents went on a cultural tour to Sokcho, Gangwondo and were able to release all the stress accumulated while working. You can check out all the new stories from Seoul Correspondents through the Seoul Correspondents’ blog or Seoul Global Center facebook page.
- Seoul Correspondents Blog http://sgcnewsroom2017.tistory.com
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Seoul Global Center runs a free On-Site Counseling Service in areas frequented by foreigners with the aim of assisting those that are not able to visit the Center on weekdays. Apart from the basic information needed for life in Seoul, counseling services are also offered on topics such as law, labor law, industrial accidents, immigration, daily living matters, insurance and national pension. In the second half of this year, On-Site Counseling Service was conducted seven times at places including Hyehwa-dong (Foreign residents from Philippines), Gwanghui-dong (Foreign residents from Russia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan), Cheonggye Plaza, Namsangol Hanok Village and Gwanghwamun Square. As On-site Counseling Service is expected to be continued in 2018 at Hyehwa-dong, Itaewon, Daerim-dong, Bomun-dong, Gwanghui-dong, foreign residents facing difficulties, unable to visit the Center on weekdays or those facing communication problems can use the On-site Counseling Service after checking the schedule provided on the website.
In the second half of 2017, the Volunteer Team of Seoul Global Center conducted various volunteer works such as support for festival activities, Mapo Youth Training Center Charity event, occupation rehabilitation assistance for disabled persons at Gangnam-gu Vocational Training Center, The Global Journey class at Community Child Center and the Hanyang University link programme. Also, Seoul Global Center runs an elementary and refresher course on voluntary work reflecting on the true meaning of volunteering. The Seoul Global Center Volunteer activity is expected to continue in 2018. We request your participation.
Seoul Global Center provides office space and materials, produce promotional activities and rents space to support foreign communities in Korea. In the second half of this year, a total of 17 activities of different communities were supported including Cambodia Students Association, Nepal Foreign Workers Community etc. Seoul Global Center aims to contribute in boosting the foreign community by supporting more foreign residents communities next year.
In the second half of 2017, Seoul Life Orientation was conducted a total of 40 times targeting international students studying in universities in Seoul including Korea University, Sogang University, Seoul National University, Hanyang University etc. Seoul Life Orientation is a programme that delivers essential information about living in Seoul to new foreign students in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese etc. A semi-annual meeting was held on November 29 where there was a discussion with international student advisors from different universities about various problems and diverse suggestions were made for further improvements.
Global Concert is an event where Koreans and foreigners communicate and share their cultures through performances by international groups. It was conducted seven times from May to October, 2017. 28 teams from 19 countries participated in the Global Concert showing exciting performances including African Nanta, Russian Traditional Dance and Latin Music.
Foreigners’ Flea Market for the second half of the year was held at Namsangol Hanok Village and Gwanghwamun Square. The Foreigners’ Flea Market scheduled to be held in June at Gwanghwamun Square was postponed because of the monsoon rain and later organized in early July in a low-key affair at Namsangol Hanok Village. In September, Seoul Global Center’s Festival Event was organized together with the Foreigners’ Flea Market at Namsangol Hanok Village resulting in an even more extravagant experience. The last Foreigners’ Flea Market for 2017 was held at Gwanghwamun Square in October, organized together with the Russian Community’s event "One Million Roses". There were lots of attractive items to be seen and participants had a wonderful time.
Welcoming Chuseok festival, the Daily Living Consultation Team of Seoul Global Center organized the event “Han-Gawi Hanmadang” to introduce Korean festival culture to foreign residents in Seoul and provide an opportunity for them to experience it. Participants could enjoy Korean traditional performances and traditional games such as Samulnori, preparing a ritual table and making rice cake. This year, an experience-booth called ”Global Village Festival“ was specially prepared where participants experienced traditional culture from China, Vietnam, Thailand etc. With more than 8,000 Korean and foreigner participants, the event turned out to be a meeting point for the East and the West.