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2023 OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp

2023 OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp


The Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF), established in 1997 under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to serve the 7.5 million Koreans residing abroad by promoting their sense of ethnic familiarity and helping them become exemplary citizens of their respective countries.

Through the ‘2023 OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp’, OKF aims to provide Korean teenagers from around the world with the opportunity to communicate with, form bonds, and have a sense of pride in their Korean heritage, as well as to develop leadership skills by experiencing Korean society, history, and culture.


I Overview 1.Our Goals ㅇ To provide networking opportunities for overseas Korean teens and to instill in them a sense of pride in their Korean heritage by immersing them in Korean society, history, and culture. ㅇ To cultivate ethnic familiarity between domestic and overseas Koreans and foster the growth of future global leaders.


2. Overview (offline)

Program Name

-2023 OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp-

Period

1st: July 10 (Mon.) - July 16 (Sun.) (6 nights, 7 days)

2nd: August 7 (Mon.) - August 13 (Sun.) (6 nights, 7 days)

Venue

Seoul and other regions

Eligibility

Age: 14-18 (as of July 1, 2023). Overseas Koreans teenagers

※ 18 year old preliminary university students may apply to either the Teens or Youth Program.

Main Program

ㅇ Understanding Korea (Exploration and Experience)

- Experience Traditional Modern Korean and Korean wave (Hallyu)

ㅇ Understanding Koreans (Exchange and Socializing)

- Connect with Korean students and interact

ㅇ Finding Korean Identity (Education and Participation)

- Participate in Korean language and culture class, listen to lectures by topics and complete missions, take part in social engagement and sharing activities

ㅇ Developing Global Leadership Skills (Presentation and Evaluation)

- Share one’s impression and will to practice, evaluate, and make suggestions

※ Applicants are required to indicate which period (between two) they wish to participate in.


II Application and Selection

ㅇ OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp: 1500 participants (overseas: 1000 participants, domestic: 500 participants) - 1st Camp (July 10 - July 16): 600 participants (overseas: 400, domestic: 200)/ Participants will be divided into 4 groups - 2nd Camp (August 7 - August 13): 600 participants (overseas: 400, domestic: 200)/ Participants will be divided into 4 groups - 3rd Camp (To Be Determined): 300 participants (overseas: 200, domestic: 100)/ *Participants will be selected separately later


2. Qualifications

ㅇ Overseas Korean Students

-who have legally resided abroad for five years or more.

·Eligible candidates include national citizens, permanent residents, Korean nationals, adoptees and children of adoptees, children from multicultural families

·Descendants of independence patriots, CIS Koreans (Goryeoin), Chinese Koreans, etc.

·Students with a strong will to contribute to the overseas Korean community and those who have shown outstanding achievements in volunteer service for Korean society.

·Students must be in good physical and mental health and able to participate fully in the program.

·Students involved in conflicts with the immigration control laws of the residing country are not eligible.

※ The number of previous participants in the same programs within 3 years cannot exceed 10% of the total participants.


3. Application Method

ㅇ Applicants can visit www.korean.net, create an account, and apply.


4. Selection Process

ㅇ Applicants who have submitted all the required documents will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

-Self-introductory letter, reasons for the application (checked for alignment with program objectives)

-Community and service records in the Korean community or the country of residence (reference)

-RecommendationfromtheKoreanConsulateGeneralinthe residing country (reference)

-Other information obtained through the selection process.


5. Preferred Applicants

ㅇ Applicants who write self-introductory letters and reasons for application with enthusiasm

ㅇ Applicants who are fluent in Korean

ㅇ Applicants who excel in different categories

ㅇ Those who have received awards in academic fields and other extracurricular activities

ㅇ Those who have completed a significant amount of community service


7. Reasons for Exclusion ㅇ Those who currently undergoing treatment for neuropsychiatric weakness and may experience shock, seizures, or other abnormal behavior during the event. ㅇ Those who require special attention with severe allergies that may cause seizures or shock when consuming certain foods. ㅇ As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, applicants from certain regions may be excluded from selection.

Ⅲ Support Content

ㅇ 50% of round-trip economy class airfare will be provided to all participants. -For Mexican/Cuban-Korean descendants, Korean adoptees, and children of adoptees, 100% of the airfare will be provided. The foundation will purchase the ticket and send it to participants through a delivery process to be announced later. ※ Those who participated in the online camp in 2022 may have additional support depending on their completion grade (up to 20%)

ㅇ Principles of Airfare Support -Airfare support is only applicable if the ticket is purchased for attending this program. ※ Tickets to enter Korea within 1 week before the camp or leave the country within 1 week after the camp will be supported. -The airfare is supported when the participant departs from the residence area. However, if departing from other areas outside of your residence due to your circumstances, support airfare will apply based on your local residence airfare (if departing from another area is more expensive than the local area airfare). ·Ex) Residing country: Japan + Departing Country: United States ⇒ Airfares will be supported based on the airfare from Japan ·Ex) Residing country: United States + Departing country: Japan ⇒ Airfares will be supported based on the airfare from Japan 2. Meals and accommodations are provided ※only during the program dates. 3. Medical Insurance (Traveler's Insurance) Subscription is provided Only during the program dates.


Ⅳ Application Process and Notification 1. Application and Submission A.Application Deadline (As of Korean Time, May 19, 23:59) ㅇ Submission Deadline: From the date of announcement to May 19, 2023 (Fri.) ㅇ Korean Consulate General Review: Recommendations submitted by May 26, 2023 (Fri.) ㅇParticipantselectionandresultnotification: informed individually (Korean Consulate General Abroad and personal e-mail)

B.Document Submissions ㅇ Required Documents (Write in Korean or English directly on the online application form) ①Applicationform, permission to request personal information and consent of usage. ② Self-introductory letter (Written in English or Korean) ※ Must write the place of birth and period of time living abroad. ③ Certificate of enrollment or admission letter (Upload directly to the online application form)

ㅇ Optional Documents (Upload directly to the online application form) ① Special skills, awards (Copy) ② Recommendation letter (Principal, Counselor) ※ Participants must visit the Overseas Koreans Foundation website (www.korean.net) to upload and submit all required application forms and documents. ※ Fill in the accurate Email address, phone number, and other contact information. (Please note that most of the notifications are sent by email, so be sure to write down the Email address that is used frequently). ※ Must write an emergency contact and a Korean contact number. C. Application Process (Check the attachment for details.) 2. Results and Further Questions ㅇ Results will be announced through the Korean Consulate General Abroad and personal Email (Date Undefined) ㅇ Inquiry ① 2023 OKFriends Homecoming Teens Camp -SungKeungJeon(Manager)FutureGenerationsDepartment (+82-64-786-0277, skj@okf.or.kr) ② Application System Manager -Young Min Kim (Manager) PR Department (+82-64-786-0292, pms01@okf.or.kr)


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