Share your language, culture and make Korean friends in Gangnam, Seoul / Hongdae


South Korea


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  • Description


    Hello traveler! Our cafe is a place where you can make lots of friends regardless of nationality, experience Korean culture and share you English ability.

    Here, our main goal is to provide a place where Koreans can come over and practice/improve their English skills, meet foreign friends and ultimately make them comfortable having conversations in English.

    I'm Yoon, the manager here. I grew up in Europe for some time and speak English as my second language.
    I am very much used to working with foreigners so if you have any thoughts while or before staying with us, please do feel free to contact me :)

    Our studio is a place where people from all around the world gather up and share cultures, exchange languages.
    We are located near Gangnam station and another place of ours, near Hongdae station in Seoul. Korea.
    Gangnam and Hongdae both are very active areas where there's full of things to do including shopping, drinking. Plus, there's plenty of amazing restaurants where you can enjoy delicious traditional Korean food.
    Both are also located directly on the Green Line, which is the main subway line of Seoul traveling through not only the most popular areas but pretty much everywhere in/outside of Seoul quite easily.
    Our accommodation is also located in both of those area. Seoul is a sleepless city so you can get almost anything you need at anytime without worrying about safety.

    Our community provides a friendly and casual place for Koreans and foreign travelers to meet, interact with and create opportunities to go hang out and experience Korean culture together.
    Also we occasionally host parties where everyone can get together and have a good time!

    If you can communicate in English with ease, eager to meet new people and discover new culture, you are more than welcome in our studio.

    Please do note that we don't tend to confirm applications too far in advance, so if your trip is for quite a far away date then its better to contact us closer to the date(about one or two months early) :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Since both the studio and accommodation are located in the middle of Gangnam and also Hongdae, which are where every Korean fun place is crammed and so many and diverse people hang around, you are easily able to access this Korean cultural hub and experience what Koreans do usually and mingle with them. So for sure we provide the best place where you can experience Korean culture.

    You will learn a lot about Korea. Our students are interested in talking about a range of topics and you really will learn more about Korea than you could in any other place.

    Both Gangnam and Hongdae area are very much foreign-friendly compared to other places in Korea so you will have no problem while your stay.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers who are:
    - Fluent in English and willing to help Koreans improve their English
    - Able to lead a conversation easily and with enthusiasm
    - Have a genuine interest in Korean culture(*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️not just K-pop and K-dramas*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️)
    - Comfortable with meeting and talking with many new people
    - Mature and Professional working attitude
    - Open minded

    It's quite important that you have a KakaoTalk ID. It is the most used messaging service in Korea. We use it for all of the communication between staff and volunteers. It will also be difficult to make friends without it as most people here use it over other communication services.

    Since English ability is really important for our program, if you are not a native speaker of English, it is good to tell us about any certificate or test score that you may have earned.

    We aim to provide a warm and friendly environment where volunteers from all countries are able to meet Korean friends and share their own cultures, experiences, ideas, and languages. The vibe in the studio is easy-going and informal as volunteers will have English conversation and create opportunities for Koreans to improve English while talking with volunteers. While you are talking with Koreans, you will be expected to do whatever might help them to improve English such as asking questions, giving some conversational expression or idioms, correcting their mistakes and so on.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Korean

  • Accommodation


    We have a hostel style accommodation.

    A bed is provided for each volunteer.

    We currently have 2 accommodations near Gangnam, 1 near Hongdae.

    - Dorm 1 is 5 minutes from the workplace. It holds a maximum of 12 people at one time but usually around 10.

    - Dorm 2 is around 15 minutes away. It usually holds around 8 people.

    - Dorm in Hongdae is about 5 minutes away from the cafe, also for about 8 people.

    Dorms have 1 bathroom and kitchen each.
    We try to balance genders into each dorm but sometimes when we have more male or female volunteers it is difficult to do so.

    Each volunteer is assigned to one part of the house to clean each week. It is up to the community of the house to keep it clean and tidy.

    At least 2 to at most 6 of you will share one room together.

    We provide:

    Free WiFi, laundry machine, cooking utensils, bowls and dishes, fridge, hair dryer, etc.

    Basic foods (rice, bread, ramen, salt, sugar, soy sauce, cooking oil, butter)

    Shampoo, body wash, and laundry detergent.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please note that if you are applying as a pair, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to give you the same helping days or the same days off.

    We will schedule you for the first week of your arrival. You will be able to make your own schedule starting from the week after you arrive. You can choose afternoon shift(1:30pm-5:30pm) or evening shift (6pm-10pm). You are expected to help 5 shifts per week. You can choose your day off. 1 day between Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur and 1 day between Fri, Sat, Sun.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 Hours / 5 days a week

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