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Promoting peace near the DMZ

International volunteers are to hold a peace-promoting project in Korea’s Gangwon province this August.

The initiative is to work with local children in Hwacheon, near the DMZ.

International volunteers will visit the area Aug. 1-13 to help promote Pahoro village as a memorial place for peace.

For the first week, the volunteers aged between 18 and 35 will organize activities for local students at a Life and Peace School, including a peace march following a path to the DMZ. During the second week, volunteers will help local people with farming.

The project has been organized annually since 2007 by the “Paroho Elm Village” and Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects.

CADIP helps bring volunteers to a range of projects in Korea, also including Sanan village in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province.

The environmentally friendly community of 20 people established in 1984 focuses on teaching children to share their public resources together.

This year, CADIP volunteers are to visit to help the Korean villagers with their organic farm, chicken house, and kindergarten from Sept. 21 to Dec. 9.

They will also give informal English classes to children as well as enjoying cultural exchange with locals through sports, cooking and small trips. They will live as guests in locals’ homes, enjoying organic meals with them each day.

Other CADIP projects in Korea this year include educational and cultural exchange programs for children in areas including Gyeongnam, Jeonbuk, Jeonnam, Gangwon and Incheon.

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