Volunteer in North Korea

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Location (s):

  • Korea, North
Pyongyang

Overview

Choson Exchange brings experienced professionals to the DPRK to support these Koreans with hands-on training in entrepreneurship, business, marketing, and more. For several days, our volunteers host workshops on topics like agile management, lean startup methods, and innovation together with North Koreans who are working for positive change in their country.

Details

Since 2007, we have brought hundreds of professionals to the DPRK, who have trained thousands of North Koreans. Our programs have been featured by major media around the world, and have a proven record of meaningful impact for the Korean people. If you want to experience North Korea while making a difference, become a workshop leader and join us on a trip.

So, isn’t this just another tourist trip?

Not at all. The focus of our visits to North Korea is to teach business skills — to help the ambitious and creative Koreans who are exploring ways to support positive change in their country. Volunteers who travel with Choson Exchange enter the DPRK as educators, they get a real full-page visa in their passport, and are taken care of by foreign CE staff and trusted local partners who we have been working with for years. However, we always make sure there is enough time to visit important sites and interesting spots around Pyongyang. Some workshops are even taking place in other provinces like Wonsan or Rason, so if you have been to Pyongyang already and prefer seeing another part of the country, keep an eye out for these opportunities!

What’s the schedule of a typical Choson Exchange trip?

Trips usually include five or six nights in the DPRK plus one or two nights in Beijing. We meet in Beijing one day before departure in the morning to pick up our visas, and then fly into Pyongyang around noon on the next day, often a Saturday. After settling into the hotel, we often have Sunday for site visits before starting a series of workshops over the course of two to four days. We plan in a second day of site visits before leaving Pyongyang on the following Thursday or Friday. We arrive back in Beijing by noon, so our volunteers can spend the weekend in China or catch a connecting flight back home right away.

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Where are most workshop leaders coming from? Can volunteers of any nationality join?

Over the past few years, we have brought volunteers from more than a dozen different countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to bring citizens of South Korea and Japan to the DPRK, while U.S. citizens can only join select programs that we will specifically announce via our CE News mailing list. Please subscribe below and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to stay in the loop on any opportunities to join a trip with us.

What kind of expertise is required to host a workshop?

Choson Exchange workshops aim to offer a broad set of business skills ranging from management, lean startup methods, and business plan creation to marketing, cash flow, team building, accounting, and more. Past volunteers have had professional backgrounds in international business, architecture, hotel management, banking, foreign policy, trading, software, engineering, consulting, economics, urban planning, marketing, accounting, property investment, and many other fields. If your area of expertise has some connection with business, we can likely help you pick a workshop topic that is useful and interesting for a North Korean audience.

Do I need to speak Korean in order to host a workshop?

No, all workshops are held in English. We have experienced interpreters who will translate every session to Korean. This also means we can only accept volunteers who are fluent in English.


Dates:

Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year


Cost/funding for participants:

Please get in touch with the organizers for more info. 

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