“Volunteering for PSCORE has been an absolute pleasure and an honor. Because of this organization and their leaders, I was inspired to enter international relations and strive to achieve a career where I can make actual changes in families like the refugees I met those years ago. Thank you for such an opportunity and I am always available to volunteer again if needed.”
“In Korea I had the opportunity to volunteer with PSCORE for six months. While short, I will never forget the wonderful people I met through this dedicated organization or the impact this program had on my life. I wanted to volunteer to give back to the community I was living in, but instead took away a deeper understanding of our global community, one that did not always look how we would like it to. PSCORE shows true compassion and dedication, with realistic goals, while tackling a humanitarian crisis at the human level. I am honored to have been a very small part of this great organization.”
"PSCORE is the proof that no matter how little the means and how utopical the resolve, believing and acting is really efficient and can change life and help others. And that the DPRK isn’t invincible. Even Goliath fell in front of David."
"All humans deserve to the same rights but this is not happening in all the parts of the world. It is hard to gain reliable information from a closed society like North Korea and I think therefore the human rights situation in North Korea is not gaining all the attention it needs. This is why we must raise awareness of the human rights violations in North Korea, of the troubles the refugees experience in China on their way to South Korea and also about the challenges they face while integrating to the South Korean society."
“I arrived in South Korea last year February and I am happy to be accepted by South Korea. I feel save here knowing that no one will catch me and that I do not have to worry about food or having enough to eat. I am comfortable here and I want to start a new life in South Korea. However, 5 family members were captured in China and repatriated to North Korea. My mother died in China, but we were not able to give her a funeral. I cannot die before giving awareness to the world about this situation.”
"Listening to this young girl speak was a life changing experience for me. Her story will stay with me forever, and it will be a story I share in detail with my staff. When people think of a North Korea they think of the Kim Dynasty and not often of the North Korean people."
“During my exchange, I wanted to do something back for the country that is hosting me. At home my focus lays more in world politics and international relations, but I am taking more law oriented courses in Korea. I have always had an interest in international law, and especially in humanitarian and human rights law. PSCORE offers me a chance to work in this field and simultaneously to contribute to PSCORE’s aim to raise awareness of human rights abuses in North Korea.”
"I always appreciate how PSCORE gave me a second chance at life" "I am applying for medical school. I want to help someone who really needs medical help like I did"
"It is said that blood is thicker than water, and I imagine this passion for unification is what keeps PSCORE in existence. I again give my thanks, and I wish that the reunification that PSCORE is preparing for will lead to prosperity in the near future. I fantasize about becoming an English instructor and teaching the younger generation, I also think about the day that I will use the English learned through PSCORE to communicate with the global world. I bow in gratitude to the staff and volunteers of PSCORE, without whom I would not have the confidence to stand here today. Thank you."
"It has been a little over 5 months since I settled down in South Korea. At first I stumbled my way to the PSCORE office and “thank you” was the only English phrase I knew. Now, I am proud of my ability to hold a conversation with the blue-eyed foreign English instructors and to be able to give greetings in simple English. PSCORE’s cultural program and English class was once unfamiliar to me, but these meetings with foreigners and fellow North Korean escapees are now events that I eagerly look forward to. To the PSCORE staff and volunteer instructors who encouraged our heavy hearts and befriended us, I feel I owe more than an expression of gratitude. I wish to show my appreciation by studying hard and becoming fluent in English quickly. I hope this effort of good faith will be an adequate response to their kindness."
"I am thankful that PSCORE provides free tutors to refugees who have difficulties studying. I have been studying in South Korea for four years and there have been several instances that I wanted to kill myself. It was the grades… The report cards that follow midterm exams and final exams have disappointed me very much, and they created in me an adverse reaction to studying. (...) For 2 years I wandered from place to place, unable to adapt to school life. As I was struggling with life, news of PSCORE’s educational support program was very pleasant and exciting to hear. Weekly meetings with my instructor Yoo Jung-mo never end with studying. Although we do study, we also talk about how the previous week went; I share about life in North Korea and ask about life in South Korea. Academics are important to me, but what I needed was a teacher with whom I can talk and who could also help with my studies."
"The reason to thank PSCORE has to do with how we are one step closer to reunification. I like how I can express my thoughts about unification and I can read news about North Korea in one glance from PSCORE news resources. Unification is not something that can be achieved in a single effort. Only with time and effort can reunification happen. No matter how much I want it, my desire cannot achieve unification. If people are interested and they participate in the effort, then the process of reunification will progress and ultimately be achieved. I believe that PSCORE is fulfilling these necessary roles."