Hello everyone and welcome !
First of all, thank you for clicking and kindly learn about my project here!
My name is Maureen, I am 23 years old and I am currently studying in Master 2 Asian Cultural Area, specialty Tourism, Language and Cultural Heritage at Aix-Marseille University. It's been 8 years since I studied Chinese, 3 years for Korean, and so much time to learn everything about Asia! It's my passion for South Korea, since my high school years, that pushed me to follow Asian studies in order, one day, to be able to go there, work there, or even live there! It took 10 years of waiting, almost as many years of study, and a lot of work done for this opportunity to finally come to me ...
Indeed, I recently received a proposal for an end-of-study internship - from July to November 2018 - in a receptive travel agency, based in Seoul, South Korea. This agency introduces to French tourists about the wonders and secrets of Korean culture. A great professional opportunity, in a country where it is difficult to find a serious job as a foreigner. This internship could allow me to settle on the spot, to make my own network and, I hope, to become a guide (tour guide or guide speaker) or to work in cultural and heritage valorization, in this country that it is so important to me. I could share my passion with French tourists, professionalize myself, learn a little more South Korea, its landscapes and its culture. It is also an opportunity to give a good image of France to Koreans because I represent my country. I would also like to take some of my time to volunteer with the orphanages in Seoul. It's an idea that I've been keeping in my mind for a while. I would like to help these children from orphanage through a humanitarian association, Korean or international. And finally, if the budget allows, and if I do not miss the time, I would like to take intensive Korean courses at a university, on the spot, for at least three months.
To do this internship, I should leave as part of a Working Holiday visa. This visa allows to stay up to 12 months in the South Korean territory. It allows you to work and travel, with some conditions, of course. But now ... Because of the financial difficulties that my parents face in recent years and the remoteness of my family, and despite all my hard work to make it possible (work, application for financial help, sale of my personal items, etc ...) It's difficult for me to raise all the necessary funds. Futhermore, this internship is unpaid ...
After all the work done to reach my goal, to realize my Korean Dream, I can't, I do NOT WANT, give up everything! Can not leave only because of lack of funds ... No! It is not fair ! This is certainly my last chance, because my studies are coming to an end, I would soon no longer have the opportunity to do an internship like this ...
Despite everything, my motivation remains flawless!
That's why I'd like to ask you for a little help, your support to help me make my project a reality. My KOREAN DREAM ... With your help, I hope to be able to achieve this end of study project. 1 €, 5 €, 10 €, 20 €, 30 €, 50 € ... Each donation counts and has its importance!
I thank with all my heart the people who will help me to realize this project.
Obviously, I plan to share my adventure with you on my blog Pineapple Sunset, I even think of launching a Youtube channel to share more with you my adventures in the Land of Morning Calm and make you discover this country through vlogs.
So, if you believe in me, in my project, please, help me make it happen!!