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:
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.
Accommodation & Costs: Accommodation is provided in each hostel.
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 Their webpage is an out of date mess so check out their Facebook instead.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
More Volunteering in South Korea Resources
Volunteer Opportunities – Seoul Area – A Korea4Expats.com 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). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.
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