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Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in South Korea

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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.

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Seoul Base Camp Hostel

When Min and Jake returned home after their own nomadic lives they set up camp in an abandoned dance hall. A guest work exchange programme is open to travellers who can give at least 2 months of their time, working 21 hours a week.

Where: Seoul.
Accommodation & Costs: Board and use of amenities is offered.

Volunteering in South Korea


Other Opportunities to Volunteer in South Korea

At the time of writing the directors of Helping Others Prosper through English (HOPE) were busy doing other things and turning volunteers away but perhaps this will change in future.


Help Exchange Networks in South Korea

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). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


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.


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