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For volunteers and allies of the Daejeon Salvation Army Children's Home


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Shoe donations all the way from the US!

Posted by MarissaR on May 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A very big thank you to the Shin family for their generous donation of 30 pairs of shoes to the home! They and their friends donated the shoes in celebration of their daughter's 6th birthday. In lieu of presents, Senna requested that her family and friends donate so that every kid at Korea Kids could have a new pair of shoes! The shoes arrived all of the way from the US earlier this week and the kids couldn't wait to try them on.

For pictures of their generous donation (as well as our affectionately named "King Baby" rocking his new kicks), please visit our Photos section.

Welcome to Ryan and Alex!

Posted by MarissaR on November 16, 2012 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Our newest volunteers, Ryan and Alex, have been with us for about a month now and the children love them! Ryan, a Fulbright volunteer working at a high school, is on his second year here in Korea but is new to Deajeon. The kids love the funny faces he pulls and we all look forward to his outrageous voices. Alex is an EPIK teacher at an elementary school, brand new to Korea and making the most of it by volunteering with Heather, Ryan, and I at Korea Kids. The kids enjoy hearing him pronounce Korean words and teaching him phrases like "stick out your tongue" :lol:. Thank you so much for your continued volunteer work, Alex and Ryan - welcome to Daejeon!

Welcome, Marissa!

Posted by Marissa on July 4, 2011 at 12:03 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello and a warm welcome to Marissa, who started volunteering today.  Marissa observed our volunteering session this week, where Jason finished reading Where the Wild Things Are, and liked what she saw.  We're excited to announce that Marissa has decided she'd like to keep coming, and maybe even encourage a few friends to join in!

Marissa found us through this site on a tip from our mutual friend Ashley Stoffers, a volunteer from last year.  Small world!

Welcome, Jason!

Posted by Marissa on June 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM Comments comments (1)

Welcome to our new volunteer Jason! 

Jason's new to Daejeon, and he knew he wanted to get involved with volunteering in his new hometown.  He contacted us through this site and asked about volunteering with us, and we're thrilled that our schedules and goals seem to have aligned.  We're excited to have him on board, and we can't wait to put the new team of 3 into action next week!

Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by Marissa on June 20, 2011 at 10:17 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, we shared one of our favorite childhood books - Where the Wild Things Are.  

We bought the book using funds from our KKOOM grant.  We read the first half today and will finish the book next time we see the kids.  Some of the vocabulary that we learned today was:


    • Teeth   이
    • Claw    발톱
    • Wild     야생의
    • Forest  숲

They  learn English, and I learn Korean  (...though I hope I'm not faced with too many situations where I need to describe wild things with teeth and claws!)


English Children's Books - Coming Soon!

Posted by Marissa on May 31, 2011 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, we did it!  We've used the grant money from KKOOM (plus a bit of our own) to buy the books.  Below, you can read the project report we wrote for KKOOM, which summarizes the brand-new English library project.

Daejeon Salvation Army Children's Home English Library - Report for KKOOM Funding

Each week, volunteers at the Daejeon Salvation Army Children’s Home choose a picture book to read to the elementary school-aged children. Before we start, we anticipate which English words may be unfamiliar to the children, and prepare a list of translations. When the reading volunteer comes to one of those words, another volunteer writes the English and Korean on the board, and we review that week’s words using games after reading is done.

This routine works well, especially because at present, we have no Korean-speaking volunteers. However, it’s an expensive and demanding routine to maintain, because it requires that volunteers continually purchase English-language children’s books – at prices much higher than they would be in America.

Fortunately, on April 15, we received 103,000 won from KKOOM for the purpose of buying quality English-language children’s picture books for the Daejeon Salvation Army Children’s Home. There are currently no English-language books at the Home, which means that the first time the children encounter English is very likely in school, where reading English is an academic pursuit and the children are evaluated on their abilities.

On May 30, we used the money from KKOOM and spent 121,210₩ on 11 new children’s books from What the Book, a store in Seoul with a good online selection of children’s books. We carefully considered our selection of books, choosing books with a mix of familiar and unfamiliar vocabulary, engaging illustrations, large print, status as classic American or English children’s literature, and binding that can withstand rough handling. We expect the books to be delivered to my office within 10 days.

After reading the books to the children, we leave the books at the orphanage. This will give the kids a chance to peruse the books during their free time, and we hope that the books we’ve read together – and by extension, other similar English books –will seem friendly, rather than intimidating and academic.

We recently received several emails from teachers new to Daejeon who are interested in volunteering. Thanks to KKOOM’s assistance with the English library, these new volunteers will have the materials necessary to quickly and effectively take over when the current volunteers leave this summer.

The eleven books donated by KKOOM are the seeds for a larger English library; after we secured funding from KKOOM, volunteer JJ Silverstein and his family donated several of his own childhood books as well as used books from America, and an acclaimed children’s author has agreed to donate copies of her books to the budding library as well.


There you have it!  I can't wait to post pictures of the books in action ;)

Big English Library Donation

Posted by Marissa on May 21, 2011 at 1:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks so much to our volunteer JJ's dad, Allen, who donated over 40 secondhand children's books to the Daejeon Salvation Army Children's Home.  JJ came back from a brief trip to the states with a suitcase filled with books for the kids, and we can't wait to start reading with them this week!  First up will be a favorite of ours from childhood:  Babar!


Posted by Marissa on May 12, 2011 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to our guest stars over the last month, Rachael, Louisa, and my lovely parents Joel and Kim.  The kids were so curious about you, and happy to have you there.  Thanks for helping with reading and playing all the games they like so much!

English Children's Books

Posted by Marissa on April 24, 2011 at 12:58 AM Comments comments (0)

We've just received a $100 grant from our friends at KKOOM, the Korean Kids & Orphanage Outreach Mission, to buy English-language children's picture books for our kids at the Home.  We are so, so excited, because each week we read an English book with the kids, but English-language children's books are more expensive and more difficult to find here.  We're grateful to KKOOM for the grant, and we're already looking through What the Book's website to see what classic titles we can share with the kids.  So far, we're definitely feeling "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Where the Wild Things Are," and plenty of Dr. Seuss!

Thanks, Elena!

Posted by Marissa on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

A big thanks to Elena L., an EPIK teacher in Daejeon, who decided to teach her elementary school students about helping others and suporting their community with a lesson that included a clothing and school supplies drive.  

Elena asked students to bring new and gently worn clothing and supplies to class.  Then she and her students sorted through everything, boxed it up, and donated them to the orphanage.  

We'll bring the clothes and goods to the kids next week!