COPION is a non-profit organization
registered with Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs andTrade. With the vision
of building a viable civil society worldwide, twice a year, COPION is dispatching
volunteers to overseas NGOs/NPOs carrying out community development projects
in developing countries.
COPION has sent over 3,000
Korean volunteers to 43 countries in Asia, Africa, and North and South America,
and has been working with approximately 120 NGOs/NPOs since 1999. Those volunteers
have served the communities for an average of 6 months each in various areas
such as relief work in rural areas, local development programs, public education
& awareness, medical care, management and administration, and research and
study. Most of these volunteers have enjoyed the 'free accommodation and meals'
offered by host organizations. Host organizations which are our partner groups
also have placed them in their programs and have provided supervisions while
the dispatched COPION volunteers were staying with them. And all other expenses
including airline tickets have been covered by the COPION volunteers themselves.
The period COPION volunteers
serve varies between about 3 months and a year (6 months on average).
- Promotion of good Samaritarism
and volunteerism to youngsters who will be leaders of 21st century.
- Revitalization of international
volunteers activity through dispatching volunteers to abroad.
- Promotion of image
of Korea in the international community by having them take role of private
- Establishment of diverse
cultural exchange network through internationalization of volunteers' activities
- Support the NGOs and
NPOs worldwide including those of least developed countries.
- Training and nurturing of
future global leaders/citizens