The DonGuBat program is a volunteer program that targets anyone who is willing to invest their time to socialize with the mentally and physically impaired. The program itself takes place in ‘Seoul Forest’ starting from August 20 and lasting until December 3. Recruitment for participation for this program has ended on August 7.
The participants are required to create gardens with those who have hearing and development disabilities. In the program, each participant is paired up with a person with a disability, together they work so their garden can flourish. The program’s main objective is to provide an opportunity to enhance the social abilities for the impaired. The program starts in August and is scheduled to end in November. Any HYU student who is interested in participating can visit their official Facebook page for more information. (https://ko-kr.facebook. com/donggubat/)
Potential participants are required to first submit a resumé, and then undergo an interview process. The key quality sought for in participants is their genuine willingness to help those in need. It is important to note that the participants must be willing to commit their time every Saturday for this program. “There can be a lot of setbacks if a participant doesn’t show up. One of the biggest setbacks is the emotional angst and severe disappointment their counterpart feels when they are left alone,” said Kim Kyung-mi, a staff associated with the administration of the program.
Those who are selected will be required to undergo a thorough education/training period where they are taught about five specific social skills and etiquette that they need to come in terms with when faced with the impaired. Anyone with a kind heart and the willingness to dedicate their Saturday’s for a better cause is avidly encouraged to participate in this program.