This website is for volunteers and allies of the Daejeon Children's Home in Daejeon, South Korea. Run in association with the Salvation Army, the home cares for 33 children ranging from 2 - 18 years old. They provide a home, food, clothing, education, and support for each child.
However, they can't provide everything. As the home's director told us, the children "have scars on their hearts" and need more than the small staff can always give. By volunteering our time, a small but reliable 90 minutes every week, we hope to be an extra source of attention and affection for the children.
Many Korean families spend a fortune to educate their children in a class with a native English speaker. We can provide free English language tutoring and conversation practice to all of the children. As nearly all universities -- and increasingly, even entry-level jobs-- require an English test, this can help lay the foundation for success and independence after high school.
Volunteers at the Home are all Fulbright ETAs (English Teaching Assistants) and EPIK (English Program in Korea) teachers - that is, USA nationals who teach English in Korea. All of us teach at schools in or near Daejeon, and are deeply familiar with the merits and challenges of the Korean public school system, which drives students into fierce competition and relies on hagwon, expensive private academies, to make up the gap between schools and tests.
Thanks to the exchange rate, donations in American dollars can really go far in Korea. We hope to help contribute to some small material expenses for the children, like sneakers for gym class, shampoo and soap, toys, and warm hats and gloves for the cold Korean winter.