YONSEI UNIV. launched Yonsei Volunteers (love.yonsei.ac.kr) last autumn as
part of the plan Yonsei Vision 2020. As one of the main goals of the plan, it
aims to strengthen Yonsei's Christian ideals as well as educate Yonseians to
volunteer for the less privileged members of our society. Well, even if you
missed the chance to be a starting member of the Yonsei Volunteers, there is
still a chance for you to volunteer and be certified by the school. Yonsei Univ.
has eight social work courses from volunteering at the Severance hospital to
being a tutor on campus. We are going to introduce two of the classes: Professor
Lee Hoon-koo's social work course (UCI2001-01-00) and volunteering at the
Beautiful Store (UCI2001-05-00).
These courses consist wholly of
volunteering. Students have to participate in an orientation at the beginning of
the semester and thereafter volunteer for 32 hours.
The Beautiful Store and Helping Neighbors in
Volunteer activities vary from class to class. In
Prof. Lee's course, students are divided into three groups: the first group goes
to gong-bu-bangs in dal-dong-nes, the second helps the elderly
wash at the House of Peace and the third helps with office work at the NGO
"Citizens United for Better Society". As for the Beautiful Store, students
participate in various work such as helping to run the online shopping mall,
selling goods at the Beautiful Store flea market and doing office work at the
Although it is only a one credit subject, most
participating professors, organizers and students are satisfied with the
program. "Through this course, students can change their perspective on the less
privileged people of our society and come to understand them. There are even
students who keep volunteering, not as a school course but as a part of life,"
says Prof. Lee Hoon-koo (Dept. of Psych.). "I don't think this course should be
taken to actually 'achieve' something. Volunteering should be part of an
everyday life so that people can feel good, simply by doing it. As for me, I met
great people and learned the true meaning of volunteering," says Han A-ram (Sr.,
Dept. of French Lang. and Lit.), who has been volunteering at the Beautiful
Store since the course was created. Shin Kyung-hwa (Jr., Dept. of Korean
Lang. & Lit.) who took Prof. Lee's class and is still teaching math to
high school students at Bit-na-ra gong-bu-bang remarks, "Volunteering
consistently can be difficult because you have to put all your time into
volunteering on the days you go to the gong-bu-bang. However, despite
hard times, I'm often touched by the children and grateful that I can be a help
to them. I learn a lot from them."
A Late but Positive Start
|▲ Contributed by
Beautiful Store and The Beautiful Flea Market|
started this course in the fall semester of 2004. This is a late start compared
to other universities such as Seoul National Univ. and Ewha Womans' Univ.
However, it has already positively changed the lives of many people including
Yonseians. We hope that although Yonsei was a late starter, it will make firm
and steady steps so that both the students and the community can experience the
joy of sharing and loving.
- "Volunteer Service"
(UCI2001-01-00 ~ UCI2001-08-00/ one credit/ elective general
- How to register: Sign up for the class on
Yonsei portal and submit an application form to the professor or
organization that is in charge.
- Note: You have to be at the
latest in your 7th term and can take the class up to 4 times
regardless of the maximum credit per
* Special thanks to: Cho Jin-man (Senior Researcher, Yonsei Leadership