Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in South Korea

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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in South Korea

Hostel Work Exchanges

Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:


Kimchee Guesthouses

There are several Kimchee Guesthouses and each invites volunteer helpers to stay short or long term and work three hours a day cleaning and making beds in exchange for accommodation. Minimum stay is one month.

Where: Seoul
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation is provided in each hostel.

Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in South Korea

More Hostel Work Exchanges

They don’t say so on their website, but G Guesthouse Itaewon welcomes awesome and friendly people who would like to help out in exchange for free accommodation and basic ingredients so you can make your own meals. See the advert they sent us for details.

Other Opportunities to Volunteer in South Korea

Lzone Cafe Busan can help travellers integrate into the local culture, learn a language and new skills and make good friends in Korea through volunteering at their cafe. Volunteers don’t have to be a native speaker, but they should have fluent English conversational skills, be very sociable and talkative, and aged between 18 to 35 years old (women) or 18 to 30 years old (men). Minimum stay is one month, three months the max. English teachers interested in helping underprivileged children who normally have little access to English classes should check out Helping Others Prosper through English (HOPE). They run regular weekly classes at community centres in Seoul. Their webpage is an out of date mess so check out their Facebook instead.

Help Exchange Networks in South Korea

HelpStay Work Exchanges

Workaway –
HelpX –

More Volunteering in South Korea Resources

Volunteer Opportunities – Seoul Area – A piece on volunteering in the capital with a number of great suggestions.

Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in South Korea

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents’ homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link).

Volunteer Experiences*

Volunteering Abroad: My Story About Volunteering At Angel House in Seoul – English teacher Caroline Hosey joins a co-worker volunteering at a community home for people with disabilities.
Birdsnest Hostel – We don’t know if this Seoul hostel is still around but Chrystal recounts her experiences after she offered her services on a work for her keep basis.

Image copyright Seoul Base Camp Hostel




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