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Barista Education for Korean Adoptees

Barista Education for Korean Adoptees


 Purpose and Background

Firstly, a barista is a person, usually a coffeehouse employee, who prepares and serves espresso-based coffee drinks. In Korea, the coffee business is blooming and there are a lot of coffee shops. So, these companies need workers in order to effectively manage their coffee branches.

For this reason, we offer this education program to you. This program starts off with the understanding of coffee, shows you diverse ways to extract espresso from coffee beans and gives you an opportunity to make coffee. You can enjoy drinking and making coffee with other people and receive information regarding the career path of a barista through this program. This program will give you the opportunity to maintain economic stability in the future for yourself by increasing the ability to get an engage in a supportive community.

The syllabus (details of the curriculum) of the program can be found at the end.



The completion of this program DOES NOT make you a certified barista. You still need to take the barista exam. This program however, may prepare you for the barista exam.


If you want to take the barista exam, please continue reading.

You can register for the exam at "Tom N Toms Coffee Academy". If you pass the exam then you will become a coffee master level 2. There are two parts to the exam. The first part is a writing exam and the second part is a performance exam. You first need to pass the writing exam in order to take the performance exam. You should pay for the registration fee.


Registration fee : Writing Exam (30,000KWN) Performance Exam(50,000KWN)

Writing Exam Textbook(8,000KWN)

Dates for the Barista Program

First Session: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 P.M to 9:30 P.M starting July 8, 2014 ~ July 31, 2014
Second Session: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 P.M to 9:30 P.M starting September 16, 2014 ~ October 14, 2014


1. Choose session 1 or session 2.
2. Each Class  must have a minimum of 10 people.


How to Apply

Fill out an application through If you are not an InKAS member, please sign up first and pay the annual membership fee.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2014 ~ June 27, 2014

Cost of the Program: 100,000 KWN



Seoul Special City Gangnam gu Shinsa dong 570-6 Bedro Building 5F Tom N Toms Academy

☎ 02-515-2345 / Fax: 02-515-2945 / Website:


Syllabus of the program



Main Topics




understanding of coffee

Introduction of the program and Tom N Toms Academy, basic theories of coffee


Espresso Ⅰ

The definition of espresso and how to extract it, How to use an espresso machine


Espresso Ⅱ

Practice extracting espresso

and correcting posture,

Creating more difficult drinks by using espresso,

Making espresso Con Panna and Americano


Espresso Ⅲ & Milk steam

Practice extracting espresso,

Understanding steam and how it was made


Milk Steam Ⅰ

Practice making velvet steam,

Dry & Wet cappuccino and

Latte cappuccino


Milk Steam Ⅱ

Practice pouring wet cappuccino,

Making design cappuccino


Making all the coffee from the coffee menu

Creating other drinks using syrup and powder,

Practice making Caramel macchiato

and Caffe mocha


Final Review and completion ceremony

Overview of barista exam details,

Pre-test for barista exam,

Completion Ceremony

Korean Hanok Village

Event date: 2014-06-11

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village is a Korean traditional village with a long history located between Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeok Palace and Jongmyo Royal Shrine. The traditional village is composed of lots of alleys, hanok and is preserved to show a 600-year-old urban environment. Now it is used as a traditional culture center and hanok restaurant, allowing visitors to experience the atmosphere of the Joseon Dynasty.

The area of Bukchon, which consists of neighborhoods: Wonseo-dong, Jae-dong, Gye-dong, Gahoe-dong and Insa-dong, was traditionally the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility during the Joseon Dynasty. It is located north of Cheonggye Stream and Jongno, hence named Bukchon, which means north village. A poll of nearly 2,000 foreign visitors, conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in November 2011, stated that exploring the narrow streets of Bukchon was their fourth favorite activity in Seoul.

Namsangol Hanok Village

Namsangol Hanok Village, also known as "A Village of Traditional Houses in the Namsan Valley", is a Korean village located in the area of Pil-dong neighborhood in Jung-gu, a central district of Seoul, South Korea where hanok (한옥) or Korean traditional houses have been restored to preserve the original atmosphere of the area. The Namsangol Hanok Village offers one the opportunity to experience a wide cross-section of Joseon-era citizenry and activities, from royalty to commoners.

The location of the village was originally the site of a well known Joseon-era summer resort called Jeonghakdong. Jeonghakdong means "The land of the fairies for the blue crane where the Jeonugak Pavillion stands along the stream in the valley". The area boasted such superb scenery that it was called the land of the fairies and was considered one of the five most beautiful parts of Seoul.

A traditional Korean style garden, complete with a flowing stream and pavilion was constructed on the site in order to revive the classical feel of the Joseon-era. Five traditional houses, including some of the residences of high government officials - some of the largest mansions in Seoul at the time, along with commoners houses were moved to the 7,934 sq Meters/9,489 sq Yards grounds containing the restored village. In 2011 in a survey conducted, by Seoul Development Institute, which included 800 residents and 103 urban planners and architects. It listed 52.4 percent of experts, voted that the palace as the most scenic location in Seoul, following Mount Namsan, Han River and Gyeongbokgung Palace in the top spots.

Hahoe Folk Village

The Hahoe Folk Village (Korean: 안동하회마을) is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and old tradition of clan-based villages.

The village is located in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do. To the north of the village is Buyongdae Cliff while Mt. Namsan lies to the south. The village is organized around the geomantic guidelines of pungsu and so the village has the shape of a lotus flower or two interlocking comma shapes.

The village is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a World Heritage site with Yangdong Folk Village in 2010.

The village maintains old architectural styles that have been lost because of rapid modernization and development in South Korea. Aristocratic tile-roofed residences and thatched-roof servants' homes preserve the architectural styles of the Joseon Dynasty. Wonjijeongsa Pavilion and Byeongsan Confucian School are two notable structures in the village. The village has preserved the shamanist rite of Byeolsin-gut and preserved Hahoe masks used in the Hahoe Mask Dance. Another rite still practiced is the Jeulbul Nori which uses strings of fireworks fired at the base of the Buyongdae Cliff.

Yangdong Folk Village

Yangdong Folk Village (Yangdong Village of Gyeongju) is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The village is located in Gangdong-myeon, sixteen kilometers northeast of Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, along the Hyeongsan River. Mt. Seolchang stands to the north of the village. The village is designated as Important Folklore Materials No. 189 by the South Korean government.

The size, degree of preservation, numerous cultural assets, traditionalism, beautiful natural setting all contribute to the importance of Yangdong Village. It is also a fine example of the yangban (Korean aristocracy) lifestyle and Neo-Confucian traditions.

The village is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a World Heritage site with Hahoe Folk Village in 2010.

Korean Folk Village

Minsok village is a living museum type of tourist attraction in the city of Yongin, a satellite city in the Seoul Metropolitan Area in the province of Gyeonggi in South Korea. Korean Folk Village is a popular tourist destination for both Koreans and foreigners. It is located near Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park.

The purpose of Korean Folk Village is to display elements of traditional Korean life and culture. There are multiple sections to the park. There are numerous replicas of traditional houses of the different social classes (peasant, landowner, yangban) from various regions.

The park also has a traditional street market, restaurants, and showcases of traditional wordworking and metalworking techniques. There are performances of traditional dances, equestrian skills, marriage ceremonies, and recreational activities.

An amusement park section has rides and games, an art museum, a sculpture garden, a Korean Folk Museum, and a World Folk Museum which highlights traditional lifestyles from around the world.

2014 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for fall Semester

2014 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships for Fall Semester

InKAS provides Korean language scholarships to overseas Korean adoptees as an opportunity to learn the Korean language at a prestigious university in South Korea. In association with a grant from the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs and the participating universities, scholarship grantees can study at any of these language institutes: Ewha Womans, Korea, Kyunghee, Seoul National, Sogang, Sangmyuung, Sookmyung Women’s and Yonsei University.

1. Required Documents and Terms

A. Documents

- One on-line application form (

- One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name

- One photocopy of your passport with valid passport number

- One photocopy of your high school diploma or higher

- One photo (3x4cm)

B. Terms

- For students re-applying for a second semester, only an application form needs to be resubmitted, but some documents might be requested by InKAS or the university.

- If you have any problems or issues from previous semesters at the Korean language school, your application can be rejected or your acceptance may be cancelled by personal notification.

- An applicant must be at least 18 years old.

- Only fully-completed applications along with all the required documents will be accepted.

- Selections will be made entirely on a first-come first-served basis.

2. Application Deadline

- For all universities: 24:00, June 30th(Korean time)

3. How to apply

- Sign up or log into InKAS website ▷ Log in ▷ Our service ▷ Scholarship ▷ click on ‘Apply for scholarship’

- Fill out application form for 2014 fall scholarship ▷ Submit the completed form with all proper required documents

4. University information for language scholarships available through InKAS

Course period
Course available through InKAS

Ewha Uni.
Intensive Program

Korea Uni.
2014.09.01- 2014.11.18

Regular Program

Kyunghee Uni.
Regular Course

Sangmyung Uni.
Regular Program

Seoul National Uni.
Regular Program

Sogang Uni.
Regular Course(20hrs/wk)

Sookmyung Uni.
Regular Morning

Yonsei Uni.
Regular Morning

* Classes run from 9a.m to 1p.m Monday through Friday

* The university information above can be changeable by university’s decision

* We do not offer scholarships for alternative language programs (evening or shorter-hour classes)

5. Fee

- InKAS Application fee: 82,000KW (77.00 USD) : It's non-refundable. Please don't pay before receiving an official scholarship award e-mail.

- University registration fee: Different terms apply for each university.

- Tuition fee: 50% covered for 6 of the universities.(30% covered for Sogang & Yonsei University.)

* Any previous scholarship cancellations can have a negative impact on your ability to receive another scholarship for 2014 Fall semester.

* Please check the university websites for spring semester schedule once again.

* If you are a recipient of a scholarship for the 2014 Fall semester, you will receive payment instructions and more information about this course by email.

For further inquiries regarding InKAS Korean Language Scholarships, please email or contact InKAS.


Korean Adoptee Art Exhibition Information Session

Korean Adoptee Art Exhibition Information Session

Calling all Korean adoptee artists living in South Korea! In collaboration with the Korean government, InKAS will be hosting an art exhibition in October. Through a selection process, we will be inviting 30 Korean adoptee artists and 30 established Korean artists. This will be a professional experience or all debuted and or debuting adoptee artists from all experiences and mediums.

Title: Info session for InKAS’ “SISO Art Exhibition”
Date: June 10th
Time: 6:30PM
Location: InKAS Office

If you want join contact until 9th June 12:00

International Korean adoptee and Korean artist art Festival

(“Space-in & Space-out”) Project Outline


Purpose & Background:

  The essence of “Space-in & Space-Out (SISO) exhibition” is to create a platform of exchange between international Korean Adoptees and Korean native artists. Art has always been a non-verbal method of communication that inhabits a particular language of its own, and this is exactly what this exhibition will accomplish.

Numerously talented Korean Adoptees have thrived in fields of art for years. It has come to a point where many Korean artists have begun to notice these unique gifts from afar. Supporters of this exhibition are eager to engage not only established but also to encourage young aspiring artists to share their works with the Korean art community. This will be an empowering experience for 15 cultures to merge under the experience of discovering new forms and ideas of art. As most forms of art are continuations of developing ideas, this exhibition will contribute to the betterment of modern art in Korea as well as an opportunity for your work to debut in the Korean market. We project that the artistic exchange made in this exhibition will generate synergy and network amongst artists nationwide and worldwide.

Exhibition Title: Space-in & Space-Out 

Exhibition Dates: October 1st, 2014(Wednesday) 6PM – October 7th(Tuesday)

Location: “Misulsegye Gallery” (Insa-dong, Jeongro, Seoul,)

Participating Artists: 30 Adoptee Artists & 30 Korean Artists

Artist Requirements:

·  Korean Native Artists

o  Bachelor’s Degree in Art

o  Priority offered to artists who can contribute to help Korean adoptee artists integrate and exhibit art work into the Korean art community

§  Ex. Ability and connections to invite KADs to future exhibitions in Korea

·  International Korean Adoptee Artists

o  International Korean adoptees artists of all experience


Art Work:

·  Drawing, Painting, Illustrations, Photography, Digital Art

* Other genre art works like sculture will be acceptable if they can be attached on the wall

How to apply:

 Download and fill out this form and send it to

·  Submit photos of your 1 to 4 art works

o  Instructions:

§  Step 1: Login to website

·  ID: inkassiso

·  Password: inkasguest

§  Step 2: Upload

·  Upload 1 to 4 art pieces

§  Step 3: Double check

·  Make sure your file is titled correctly

o  Ex. “Full Name, Title of Art, Medium, Date of work”

·  Size limit of actual work: (91.0 x 72.7 cm)

·  jpg file

·  Pixel: minimum 300 dpi

·  Submit value price of your art work (if for sale)


Evaluation & Selection:

·  Panel of professional on the board of the “2014 SISO Planning Committee” will evaluate all submitted works

·  Selected artists will be granted the opportunity to exhibit their works in the SISO exhibition

o  Artists will be given to option to exhibit another artwork other than the selected piece. However, it is recommended that the work be the same due to the photo that will be printed in our catalogue.

·  Selected artists’ work and profile will be including in our catalogue

o  Your work may potentially be televised in media and/or presented on the official SISO website for further use (upon consent)

Monetary compensation will not be made for such circumstance


Notable dates:

·  Deadlines:

o  Korean Artists: June 23th, 2014 ~ August 26th, 2014

o  Korean Adoptee Artists: June 9th, 2014 ~ August 26th, 2014


Additional Information:

·  Nominated Korean artists are asked to deliver art work to “Misulsegye Gallery” by 12:00PM on September 30th.

·  Nominated adoptee artists will be given a stipend from InKAS (International-

  Korean Adoptee Services) for your international shipping.

  (Be sure to elaborate your name and contact and brief description of work on back side of piece)

InKAS Address: Bok-Chang building #703, 80 Sogongdong, JungKu, Seoul, 100-070

·  Damaged or missing work will not be at SISO or InKAS’ fault and or disposal. We highly recommend that you file for insurance.

·  All work will be displayed in the gallery according to SISO’s allocation

·  Plagiarized work will NOT be accepted


Hosting & Sponsoring Organizations:

·  Host organization: InKAS (International Korean Adoptee Services)

·  Operating organization: InKAS & INAE(International Network for Art Exchange)

·  Sponsor: Ministry of Health and Welfare & Korea Adoption Services (KAS) &

           Monthly Art etc.

·  Contact:

o  Email: /

o  Office: +82-2-3148-0258

o  Fax: +82-2-3148-0259

Office will be closed

Event date: 2014-06-04

As you may know, congressional election will be held on June 4th, 2014.
Thus, our office will be closed tomorrow, June 4th.

Thank you,


Event date: 2014-05-08

Dol or doljanchi is a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear a hanbok and a traditional hat: a jobawi or gulle for baby girls and a bokgeon or hogeon (호건) for baby boys.

In the past, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday, so it was an important milestone for the baby and parents. The whole village used to celebrate a baby's first birthday, sharing food and wishing for long life and fortune for the baby.

Fortune telling ritual

The highlight of the dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, brushes, ink and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child's future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he will be wealthy; If he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life. The types of objects placed on the table for the baby to choose has evolved over time, as a reflection of society's evolving perception of successful occupations. However, many parents remain more traditional in their selection of objects to place on the table. This is followed by feasting, singing and playing with the toddler. Most often, guests will present gifts of money, clothes, or gold rings to the parents for the child at this time.

'Dol' food

At home family members give thanks to Samshin (three gods who take care of the baby's life while growing up) by serving plain rice, seaweed soup, and rice cakes. For the party, parents prepare a special 'Dol' table, where food is stacked high to symbolize a life of prosperity for the baby. The table is set mainly with a rice cake of pretty rainbow layers, seaweed soup, and fruits. Miyeok guk (seaweed soup) is served on every birthday after the first birthday to remind people of what their mother went through to bring them into the world.

Modern Doljanchi

The celebration is usually held in buffet restaurants or wedding halls. Parents prepare some prizes for guests and upon entering the party, everyone gets a piece of paper on which a number is written. During the party guests who correctly answer a question about the baby win a prize. The host of the party, or an entertainer, also calls out a number randomly, and the person who has that number receives a prize.

Traditional Korean Foods

Event date: 2014-04-23

1. Bulgogi (불고기)

Korea's traditional food Bulgogi is more popular between foreigners. Tourists that don't like Korea's spicy food raise their thumbs when they taste Bulgogi.

Bulgogi is a beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and green onions. When Koreans eat Bulgogi, they usually wrap it with lettuce and sesame leaves. You can also cook it with other spicy sauce to have more taste.

2. Bibimbap (비빔밥)

Bibimbap is a dish served with cooked rice with vegetables, beef, egg and red pepper paste. and you need to mix it all together before you eat it. It's such a healthy food full of nutritions.

3. Samgyetang (삼계탕)

It is a ginseng chicken soup, most common and famous health food to refresh you, keep you cool, and restore your energy as you endure the hottest months of summer in Korea. The dishes are filled with nutritive ingredients like ginseng, garlic, jujube, and sweet rice. It will bring your energy back.

4. Topokki (떡볶이)

Topokki is made by stir-frying rice cakes with vegetables and fish cakes in gochujag(red pepper paste) sauce. It is one of the most popular dishes in Korea especially among youngsters. you can find it easily on the road and eat it at cheap price. It's very chewy and can be a bit spicy.

5. Patbingsu (팥빙수) 

The dessert made of red beans and crushed ice definitely is the favorite choice in summer. Soft shaved ice soaks in a sweet milk drizzle. Heaps of red beans are piled on and topped with several pieces of rice cake. it's main ingredient is not the traditional 'pat'(red beans) but green tea, coffee, strawberries, ice cream or any fruit. It is served in not only restaurants and cafes but also in fast-food shops.

CONTEST of New Business item for youth

 Korea Expressway Corporation(한국도로공사) is holding a "CONTEST of New Business item for youth". Selected items and ideas will be supported and provided with KEC's infra-structure in the expressway rest areas within Korea. If you are interested in opening a business in Korea and need support, it would be a very good opportunity.

- Detail.
* Applicants must be : age of 18-39, Korean citizenship required.
* suggested items such as :
1. snack, drinks, etc... (existing items or menu common menu from the other cafeterias are not recommended.)
2. crafted items, painting, cartoons, fashion accessories, etc.

* application due date : ~ 30 Apr, 2014

* if your application is selected, KEC will provide : rent fee, interior, consulting, marketing promotion. If successful later on, you can keep on the business as you wish.

If you are interested or need more information, contact INKAS. (Before contacting InKAS, please have a brief look at the attached form in link and prepare to present your idea in detail ) Thank you !

InKAS Free Korean traditional medical consultation

InKAS in collaboration with the Association of Korean Medicine (KOMSTA) provides free Korean traditional medicine consultations once a month for Korean adoptees staying in Korea. Excellent doctors from the association will be present to consult with during these times.

In APRIL, the event is taking place on APRIL 13, 2014. If you're interested in Korean traditional medicine or if you’re looking for Korean traditional medical consultation, this must be an awesome opportunity for you!!!
The doctors will be happy to answer all your questions regarding Korean traditional medicine as well as to offer medical treatment.

Please, feel free to RSVP via email and stop by the InKAS guesthouse on Sunday, April 13rd, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. You must be there by 2:30pm to receive a consultation.


During the consultation, a doctor will diagnose your problem, suggest treatment options (acupuncture and/or herbal medication can be given that day for free), and give referrals to make additional appointments (discounts are available for additional treatment outside that day if necessary).

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InKAS - International Korean Adoptee Service Inc | Phone: +82-2-3148-0258 | Fax: +82-2-3148-0259
(03698) 213ho, 153-3 Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul