Many travellers find that volunteering to teach English can be a fulfilling way to experience the local culture.

The Seoul Global Center (www.global.seoul.go.kr) is a good place to start looking for other volunteer possibilities. More charities and organisations with volunteer opportunities:

Amnesty International (www.amnesty.or.kr) Raises awareness in Korea about international human-rights issues.

Cross-Cultural Awareness Program (CCAP; www.ccap.or.kr) Unesco-run program activities include presenting a class about your culture to Korean young people in a Korean public school, or on a weekend trip to a remote area.

Korea Women’s Hot Line (KWHL; www.eng.hotline.or.kr; 02-3156 5400) Nationwide organisation that also runs a shelter for abused women.

Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM; www.kfem.or.kr; 02-735 7000) Volunteer on various environmental projects and campaigns.

Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association (KUMFA; www.facebook.com/groups/kumfa) Provides support to single mothers.

Seoul International Women’s Association (www.siwakorea.com) Organises fundraising events to help charities across Korea.

Seoul Volunteer Center (www.volunteer.seoul.go.kr; 070-8797 1861) Teach language and culture, take part in environmental clean-ups and help at social welfare centres.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF; http://wwoofkorea.org; 02-723 4458) Welcomes volunteers to farms across Korea who provide labour in exchange for board and lodging.