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Public Announcement: Reduced Services

 Dear All InKAS members,

This year marks InKAS’ 12 years of devoted service to the Korean Adoptive community at large. Unfortunately due to the Ministry of Social Welfare’s unexpected budget cut for post adoption agencies, such as InKAS, we are publically announcing our service downsizing.

In order to amplify the efficiency of our post adoption services, we will be centralizing our reduced labor force towards more professional and urgent tasks headed towards new change for the future of this adoptive community. Our hope is to soon enough retain more budgets so that we can reestablish some of our lost services and extend our services even greater than before.

However for the time being, it is with regret that InKAS will be temporarily eliminating some our most favored services, such as: 

1.    BIRTH SEARCH

2.    Haircut Service

3.    Rental Phone Service

4.    Bank service

These services we have currently eliminated, are services that will now be attended at your own disposal.

InKAS recognizes that our most sought after services are the birth search requests. However, please understand that this service will be no longer offered. We will only assist you with translation services and counseling services needed for the reunion meeting.

InKAS is sorry to inform you of our unfavorable circumstance and we hope to assist you better in the near future.

Sincerely,

President Aie Ree Jung


2011GK Summer Camp"KLU"

Event date: 2011-06-07

2011 Global Korean Summer Camp "Korea Loves Us(KLU)"

A big run of 12 days from May 27th to June 7th, 2011, in Motherland

All the forty participants had a meaningful time through 2011 InKAS GK Summer Camp titled Korea Loves Us. We set foot on every corner of Korea starting from Seoul, to Jeju, Busan, Kyungju, Junju, and back to Seoul and experienced the past, the present and the future of our country, filling the every moment with clues(=KLU) about how much Korea loves us.

All the splendid time spent together was precious and important for all the adoptees in the camp to fulfill their dreams as Global Koreans.


2011 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships

Event date: 2011-05-23

2011 InKAS Korean Language Scholarships
for Fall semester


InKAS give you an official announcement of changes on Korean language Scholarship from Fall semester 2011. InKAS Language scholarship has been supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and each seven Universities to cover your tuition fees until now.

We are so sorry to inform you the official changes about over 50% of reduction of supporting for 2011 scholarhip to all the Scholarship receivers. We got the final reporting about scholarship supporting from the Ministry of Health and Welfare in this week, we kindly ask you for understanding our situation

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The changes of Language scholarship
(From Fall semester receivers of 2011)

* 100 % scholarship covered -> changes to 50% will be cover
0 % of student 's payment -> changes to 50% of student's payment
20% of student's payment for Yensei University -> changes to 70% student's payment

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1. Application – Required documents

- Application form
- One photocopy of adoption document with your Korean name
- One photocopy of your passport with passport number
- One photocopy of your high school graduation certificate
- One photo (3x4cm)
- One page of self-introduction

2. Application Dates
Starting from May 23rd - Jun 5th.
*Only fully-completed application along with all the required documents after May 23rd in Korean time will be accepted. Selections will be made entirely on a first-come, first-serve basis.


3. How to Apply

Sign-up through the InKAS website and go to Our Services -> Scholarship -> apply for scholarship button ->find the application of scholarship fall -> Fill it out and upload all the required documents
->Submit

4. Check out Korean Language Schools in advance

Schools Website
1. Kyunghee Univ. http://eng.iie.ac.kr/
2. Korea Univ. http://klcc.korea.ac.kr/english/index.php
3. Ewha Woman’s Univ. http://elc.ewha.ac.kr:1004/en/index.asp
4. Yonsei Univ. http://www.yskli.com/index.asp
5. Sogang Univ. http://klec.sogang.ac.kr/
6. Sookmyung Univ. http://www.lingua-express.com/main.jsp?idx=070101
7. Seoul National Univ. http://language.snu.ac.kr/site/en/klec/main/main.jsp


5. Qualification
- Korean Adoptee (graduate high school or higher)
- InKAS Paid membership (30$ or 33,000KRW/year)

6. Fee
- 50% of each school’s tuition
- Text book
*Except Yonsei University, students need to pay 70% of the tuition fee.

Please send us an E-mail if you have further inquiries about Korean Language scholarship.

InKAS


Han river Cruise

Event date: 2011-05-28

Finally, on the May 27th, the summer camp we're so looking forward to is going to start.

 

We are going to get on a Seoul tour ship at the Han river on the 28th, so any Korean adoptees in Korea wants to join the cruise needs to contact InKAS.

If you want to join, please send an e-mail to InKAS (inkas21@yahoo.co.kr) with your name, cell phone number, date of birth, Gender, Nationality !!

 

When ? 28th on May AM 10:00 ~ 11:00

Where ? Yueoido Ferry Cruise

 

If you have more questions, Please feel free to contact us.

Tel:02-3148-0258/010-6438-0258

email:inkas21@yahoo.co.kr


Green Film Festival in Seoul

There is a great movie about environmental issues for this weekend !

Come to InKAS office to get Free movie tickets available on 19th of May to 25th of May in all different times in SangAm CGV movie theater

( Subway line #6 Worldcup sport center station) .

For more information, PLS contact InKAS office 


2011 Korean Dish Cooking Class

Event date: 2011-05-23

Korean Dish Cooking Class is not a new event that InKAS has organised, Let's gather together and have fun while cooking with your friends!During lectures, various famous traditional Korean dishs will be cooked with great guidance by professional teachers at CIY studio. The menu have not confirmed yet, but it might be various dishes that enhance your fun and interest in Korean Food!!!...

The event schedule will be as below, please double check with some important NOTICE as well

1. Date&Time: Every other Monday 04.00~06.30pm
during 23rd of May~ 5th of September 2011

2. Location: Fineapple building 3rd Floor CIY cooking Studio (Green line-Seoul metro) Sincheon station exit 5 then 1 min walk distance

3. Possible applicant: ONLY Korean Adoptees !!

4. Import notice!!!
* Only Korean adoptees will be accepted
For more info. contrat: Tel: 02 3148 0258 / Fax: 02 3148 0259 or email to inkas21@yahoo.co.kr / visit inkas website: www.InKAS.org

Please e-mail InKAS with your phone number if you would like to join this class. inkas21@yahoo.co.kr

This event will be sponsored by 한화호텔&리조트(HanwhaHotel&Resorts)


InKAS got a forum

InKAS has now opened a forum section where you can post your questions and share knowledge with other members. So please post your questions or opionions there, eg about scholarship, motherland tour or any issues, and along with the more experienced members we hope to provide the information and have a open dialog that will contribue to a more transparent organization. Note that the forum is a public place but you can also send private messages to other members.

Hope this will be to good use, and go ahead give us feedback if there is something you have in mind.


The "Jeju Olle"

For the global traveler looking for a unique destination, the olle walking paths on Jeju Island are highly appealing.
These are 200km of connecting paths that will take travelers all along the south coast of Jeju Island. The Jeju Olle, which
were inspired by the famous Pilgrim’s Trail in Spain, was made from the hidden, forgotten routes of Jeju Island, which
cars cannot access.The route will take you to forests, mountains, beaches, and remote places and offer unrivalled
views over Jeju’s unique, dramatic, volcanic landscape.

With so many activities on offer in Jeju, it is not easy to say which is best, however the Jeju Olle walking paths must rank highly. By the end of 2008, some 30,000 visitors have been to the paths, including a number of celebrities in Korea. They offer the chance to experience life at a slower pace and are a total escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the paths are away from urbanized areas, and walkers are totally surrounded by nature and the tranquility. Some of the areas are almost untouched, since this is the first time some paths have been open to the public.

The paths are connected, so you can start your walk from where you finished the previous day. The route is divided into twelve sections, which will take you through along forests, beaches, and villages, where you can meet the warmhearted local people. We’ve provided an introduction to the paths, so you can choose which sections are best suited to you, or you can take a twelve-day trip and do all of them. Walking the Jeju olle paths will refresh you, inspire you, and leave memories you’ll never forget.

What does the Term "Olle" Mean?

In the local Jeju dialect "Olle" was originally used to refer to the narrow path between between the street and one’s doorstep. In the past, the word was quite commonly used, as children would often say, “let’s meet at the olle”. However, later this word came to be used more widely across Korea and the word came to mean the series of coastal walking paths in Jeju Island. The olle walking paths of Jeju start at the east point of the island and wind their way along the coast all the way to the island’s southwest point. The charms of the olle walking paths are their proximity to nature and the picturesque combination of the blue ocean, dark green forests, and the charming local villages.

The Olle Walking Paths

The first of these walking paths opened in September 2007.As of March 2009, some 13 walking paths had been completed, 12 main paths and one “alpha” path. The walking paths collectively stretch to a length of approximately 216km. The olle are paths that have developed naturally over the years. They have been connected to each other using minimal human intervention. Depending on the pace of the individual or group, each route will take roughly four to six hours. Walking along these small paths that take you through the mountains and along the coast is the best way to experience the unique, startling beauty of Jeju Island.

Following an Olle Walking Path!

Tip 1. Following an Olle Walking Path!
Blue or blue and yellow ribbons have been placed along an olle path to guide visitors. These are found throughout the route usually along the stone piled walls, rocks, or on the surface of the road.

Tip 2. Bathrooms and Restaurants!!
As the olle have been arranged in an eco-friendly manner, there are not many toilets or restaurants along the way. However, convenience facilities can be found at the beginning or end of each path. Do take water and snacks with you.

Tip 3. What to Prepare!*Shoes: visitors are advised to wear exercise or climbing shoes. During the summer, sandals will also be useful to walk along the beach area.
Extra Layers: Although the weather on Jeju-do is generally warm and pleasant, it is often windy and there are frequently unexpected showers. Walkers are advised to carry waterproof clothing and an extra, long-sleeved outfit with them.
Guidebook: A guidebook is available free of charge at the Information Desk of the Jeju International Airport. The guidebook will include useful information on the Olle walking paths, accommodation, and restaurants.

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_12_16.jsp


Medical Tourism

Korea, a Technological Leader in Medical Services

In Korea, you’ll be able to take advantage of convenient and highly developed one-stop services.

As you go through your examination and receive treatment, your medical records will automatically be saved in a cutting-edge, computerized health network system. This information may be accessed by other health facilities, meaning that you can easily switch your treatment location without having to go through endless paperwork.

Korea is an international forerunner in the field of robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is performed using a robotic arm that rotates 360 degrees and enables surgeons to see 3D images at 20x magnification. The robotic arm is particularly effective in the treatment of cancerous tumors because it can remove cancerous cells located in very thin and intricately intertwined lymph nodes. In the case of thyroid surgery, thanks to the robotic arm, the incision is less than one centimeter long and the scar is almost invisible.

Korea offers premium high-tech medical services by combining advanced IT and biotechnology, continuing to make significant advancements in the field of medicine.

Advantages of Korean Medical Services

Highly Accomplished Doctors.

In Korea, the standard of medical excellence is so stringent that only the top 0.5% of medical students can pass the regorous exams and go on to become practicing professionals. When you come to Korea for your medical needs, you can be assured that you are in the most capable of hands.

Surprisingly Affordable Prices

The cost of medical services in Korea is very low compared to those in the USA and Japan. For example, hemorrhoid surgery in the USA costs approximately 10.91 million won while for a fraction of the cost (roughly 1.27 million won) you can get the same, if not superior, treatment in Korea. Some cancer treatments in Korea cost half of what you would pay in Singapore or Thailand.

Healing Environment

Our bodies are very sensitive to the weather. After surgery, excessive exposure to sunlight can worsen scarring or cause you to heal more slowly. You may even experience infection or inflammation after surgeries that are performed in hot and humid
climates.
These weather-related complications, however, are not an issue in Korea. Korea has four distinct seasons and the weather is pleasant throughout most of the year, with just enough sunlight and gentle breezes to aid you                                                    in your recovery.


The War Memorial of Korea

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268131

Introduction

The grounds of the War Memorial of Korea were once the headquarters of the Korean Infantry. Many experts from different fields were consulted numerous times and exhaustive research was done in order to complete the exhibits. This memorial is the largest of its kind in the world.

There are 8 main exhibits at the War Memorial: the Hogukchumo Exhibit, War History Exhibit, June 25th War Exhibit, Overseas Dispatched Troops Exhibits, Military Development Exhibit, Large Equipment Exhibit, and the Outdoor Exhibit. The Hogukchumo Exhibit honors the spirit of those who perished fighting on the battlefield. Visitors can learn all about Korea’s war history by visiting the War History Exhibit, June 25 War Exhibit, Overseas Dispatched Troops Exhibits, and the Military Development Exhibit, as well as witness how the Korean military developed over the years. Different kinds of weapons and military equipment are exhibited as well, inside and outside the building. 

Exhibits inside the building display equipment used during the Korean War in such a way as to invite comparison between the items. Large weapontry and equipment used by different countries during World War II and the Vietnam War are also on display. In the Large Equipment Exhibit on the second floor, many kinds of defense industry equipment and both real and model weapons are displayed. In the Bangsan Equipment Exhibit, you can look at weapons and war equipment produced in Korea. In the War Memorial’s Storage Room, 17,800 files and artifacts of war are preserved. Modern damage control and prevention devices have been installed to keep these materials safe from harm.

Besides these, you can also visit the Miniature Exhibit or the Peace Hall. There is a lecture hall at the memorial, and many presentations are held here. If you want to learn more about any specific aspect of war, you can head over to the bookstore to pick up a book or a pamphlet. The shop also sells a variety of military souvenirs that will not only help you remember your time at the memorial but will also remind you of the significant role war has played in world history. The memorial also has a fast food restaurant and stores located outside the building.

Exhibition Hall Information
* Memorial Hall

This an exhibition hall dedicated to the memory of patriots involved in past war efforts. The place presents sculptures, reliefs, and wall paintings under the theme of overcoming hardship, and working towards the unity, prosperity and eternity of the nation.

* War History

The place features a war history from prehistoric era to the Japanese colonial period. Military remains, relics, and documents are on display as well. Among them are war & victory records, ammunition, the Turtle Ship (and other military vessels from the Joseon Dynasty), fortress models, and more.

* Korean War

Here, visitors can learn about the background of the Korean War, the progression of the war and how a truce was eventually established. Exhibits also display ammunition used by hostile and friendly forces, information and artifacts from people displaced by the war, and information on major battles.

* Expeditionary Forces

Information in this exhibit describes the Vietnam War and the implication of Korean dispatch to Vietnam. Other information explains the activities Korean troops were mainly engaged in during the Vietnam War, the tactics of the Viet Cong, The Gulf War, PKO dispatch to Somalia, and more.

* ROK Armed Forces

The place presents documents on the Korean Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps from the time of their inception till today.

* Defense Industry

Replicas of state-of-the-art weapons that are produced by domestic companies are on display. Items include fighters, submarines, destroyers, and communication apparatuses.

* Large Military Equipment

Around 110 pieces of large military equipment/symbols are on display. They include Korean War sculptures, the Statue of Brethren, the Statue of King Gwanggaeto, AH-2, T-34 of the North, US B-52 and others.

* Others

Screening Room, Cultural Theater etc.

Admission / Participation Fees

Free

Parking Facilities

1,000 spaces

Parking Fee

- Vehicles with less than 15 passengers : 2,000 won for first 2Hrs / 1,000 won for every 30min after

- Vehicles with more than 16 passengers : 10,000 won for first 2Hrs / 3,000 won for every 30min after

Foreign Language Intepretation Services

English, Japanese, Chinese (Audio guide rental)


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(03698) 213ho, 153-3 Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul