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People can participate in ODA, such as volunteer program, expert dispatch program, ODA internship program, and diverse contest or participatory program related to ODA.

World Friends Korea (WFK) is overseas volunteer program of the Korean government. In 2009, the government unified the separate volunteer programs previously operated by different ministries into a single brand, “WFK,” to enhance effectiveness of the overseas volunteer programs while also offering a coherence and synergy of among them. There are seven different programs under WFK; WFK-Korea Overseas Volunteer (KOV), WFK-Korea University Volunteer (KUV), WFK-Korea IT Volunteer (KIV), WFK-Korea Techno Peace Corps. (TPC), WFK-Advisers(WFA), WFK-Korea Gray Experts, and WFK-Korea Taekwondo Peace Corps. Program (TPCorps). Each program has different focuses and requires different qualification for a volunteer, however, WFK aims to contribute improve quality of life in partner countries and to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between Korea and partner countries. More than 4,300 people were dispatched to 84 partner countries in 2011 and the number keeps growing. Civil engagement is the most important factor for WFK to succeed as grass-root development cooperation. For more details of WFK, please visit the official web-site for WFK (www.worldfriendskorea.or.kr)

ODA internship program is available to undergraduate or graduate students. The program offers opportunity to work as an ODA worker in the headquarters or in the field from 2 weeks at minimum and to maximum 1 year. Through ODA internship program, participants can better understand ODA program and find way to improve Korea’s ODA with their innovative thinking. KOICA is in charge of the ODA internship program. (www.koica.go.kr)

MOFA and KOICA annually held contest for thesis and essay related to ODA, and the MOSF and Korea Eximbank launched ODA contest from 2012. Not only for contest, people can enjoy exhibition and experience program in KOICA Global Village (idea.koica.go.kr) and participate in practical ODA training courses at KOICA IDEA (International Development Education Academy), www. which also provides ODA expert certification for the participants who pass qualification required. Korea Eximbank run short-period EDCF workshop for 2 nights and 3 days especially for undergraduate and graduate school students to increase awareness of ODA and EDCF.

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