Our monthly program with the Ulsan Orphanage started in 2007 and has been going strong ever since. There are approximately 130 children there from new born to college age so there is a lot of opportunity for volunteers to find the perfect activity that they would like to do with the students. This program requires volunteers of any nationality that are energetic, motivated, caring individuals who can spare some time to play with the kids.
Currently we visit the Orphanage on the last Sunday of every month unless stated otherwise. Activities strongly depend on the number of volunteers, and have most recently included, Soccer or Ultimate for the middle and high school boys, Ultimate for the middle school students, arts and crafts for the elementary kids, and play time in the nursery with the younger ones.
Not one person has ever regretted dedicating a few hours a month to this great cause. You will have a chance to make relationships, memories, and perhaps a lasting impact on someone’s life. If you are interested in becoming a part of The WeHOPE program please send a message via our Facebook page or email us at email@example.com.
The Ulsan Orphanage is located in Eonyang about 5 minutes before the KTX station.
Bus Routes: The orphanage bus picks up volunteers at 2:50pm, at the Dunkin Donuts next to the bus Eonyang bus station. To get to the station you can take the 1703, 1713 or 1723 buses to Eonyang. The best one to take is the 1713, it will pull in and stop at the bus terminal, the other 2 will stop outside of it on the street at a standard bus stop.
Address: Korean: 울산양육원 울산광역시 울주군 언양읍 송대리 15번지 English: Ulsan Orphanage 15 Songdae-ri, Eonyang-eup Ulju-gun, Ulsan
The Lotus Center
The Lotus Center is a place where a group of autistic children meet regularly after their regular school programs. It is supported by the Hainsa Temple, and runs programs daily. The We HOPE Lotus Center Program was started in 2011. It was initially formed so that the center children could experience interacting with foreigners on a regular basis. The Director, Dr. Kim expressed that the children receive lots of stress from having to communicate in their native language. Our program gives the children an outlet to communicate in English or using a total body response. The children now have alternative ways to express themselves and are in turn more comfortable.
Each week the program starts with 10-15 minutes of songs and dance in a circle in the common room. Next, the kids are split into two groups, one moves upstairs to enjoy an arts and crafts, or science activity, while the other group makes something delicious in the kitchen. After approximately 45 minutes they switch, and then clean up at the end. The last 10-15 minutes is again for song and dance.
This program requires patient, sensitive, and caring members of the foreign community who are looking to help the children on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming a part of The WeHOPE Lotus Center program please send a message via Facebook or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multicultural Family Center
This program reaches out to children of multicultural families. The aim of this program is to promote friendship, inclusion, and fun. Through task based activities and English story books our volunteers aim to display the qualities of a positive role model. If you are interested in volunteering contact us on Facebook or by email at email@example.com
Police Language Exchange Table
Every Tuesday policemen come from various departments and neighborhoods all over Ulsan to meet with native English speakers for a language exchange program. The police department even offers a free lunch to participants. Creating this safe and free environment encourages foreigners and police to speak comfortably and freely, bridging not only the language barrier, but the cultural one as well.
WeHOPE Youth Mentor-Mentee Program
Members from the WeHOPE Youth team act as mentors to multicultural children in Ulsan. Once a week the multicultural children have a chance to meet their mentors. The mentors can help with math or English homework and chat about daily life. On the last Saturday of each month the mentors. mentees, and foreign volunteers meet for a morning of fun activities. Activities include bowling, outdoor picnics and scavenger hunts, rock climbing, and even some day trips to other cities.