The South Korean government launched a group of volunteers to strengthen the goodwill activities in underdeveloped or developing countries around the world in an effort to become a more responsible member of the international community.
The group, named World Friends Korea, is the country's version of the Peace Corps in the United States, launched in 1961 to promote peace and friendship worldwide, officials here said.
About 2,000 volunteers belong to the Korean body, but the membership will grow to over 3,000 by the end of the year, according to a spokesman from the Presidential Council on Nation Branding. Currently, the U.S. is the only country that sends more than 3,000 volunteers abroad annually.
Chairman Euh Yoon-dae of the Presidential Council on Nation Branding hoped such efforts will help Korea become a respected and beloved nation.
The volunteers work with governments, schools, non-profit organizations and businessmen in various areas, including education, the environment, agriculture and information technology. They will also play an important role in promoting Korea's culture and food around the world.
The expansion of overseas volunteering is one of the 10 goals the presidential branding council adopted to upgrade the nation's global image. The council was created on instructions from President Lee.
The council's other projects include promoting taekwondo and Korean food and language; strengthening global marketing for leading small firms; raising economic contributions to underdeveloped countries; introducing foreigner-friendly policies; and establishing database and communication channels for seven million Koreans living abroad.
On 12th May 2010, The World Friend Korea celebrated anniversary to commemorate the goodwill inter-relationship with South Korean and the other countries.
The ambasador's from different countries at the "Blue House" on 12th of May 2010.
We are the luckiest candidates among the World Student Korea who get the opportunity to attend the commemoration at the Blue House, where we able to meet the Honourable Mr President and the first lady Mrs president of Korea.
Awaiting for the group photo which was taken with the President of South Korea with us............