In our 1:1 mentoring project we make use of our extensive network of volunteer tutors and working professionals in Seoul and match them with North Korean defectors seeking to develop their English language skills, math and essay writing skills as well as their knowledge of cultural norms and practices around the world. Our program helps defectors adjust to the South Korean education system and enhances their abilities to communicate and convey their ideas in a range of situations, both interpersonal and at the workplace.
The students in our program have different backgrounds, are from different age groups, and have different skill levels. Since each defector may have different learning goals, each tutor-defector pair negotiates goals and timelines on their own according to the individual needs of the students in order to achieve the desired level of education. Ultimately, the goal of the 1:1 mentoring program is to enhance defectors' abilities to negotiate better educational and employment opportunities for themselves.
PSCORE supports the 1:1 tutoring program by matching North Korean students with foreigners or locals based on their specific needs.
Students and tutors usually meet in cafes or other public places twice a week in two-hour sessions. But of course, this can be adjusted depending on both student and tutor's schedules as well as the individual learning goals and timelines set up initially.
For more details on the program and to apply, visit our education website.
As of 2016, PSCORE has worked with 868 education program participants since 2007.