About our Volunteer Groups


Our volunteer teams are the driving force behind the majority of SIWAs signature events, tours, and special events. It’s these people who put in the time and effort to plan, organize, and co-ordinate our fantastic events.

Get involved with one of our teams today or take a look at what they have coming up in the future!

Bazaar Team

Plans SIWA’s largest fundraiser, the Annual SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar. Together with the Ambassadors’ Spouses Association of Seoul, embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and crafts from around the world. Join the Bazaar Team!

Event Date
Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2017

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, local and international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Gala Team

Creates an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations. Sumptuous food, drinks, dancing, spectacular entertainment, raffle prizes, and much more await you at the SIWA Annual Charity Gala. Join the Gala Team!

Event Date
Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2017

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, local and international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Tours Team

Offers opportunities for SIWA members, their families, and non-members to participate in organized experiences in Korea. Through these cultural, artistic and recreational tours, participants can learn about Korea, and make and deepen friendships. Join the Tours Team!

Event Date
Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for…

Tour: Gilsangsa Temple and Korean Furniture Museum

Both the Gilsangsa Temple and the Korean Furniture Museum are cultural treasures located in Seongbuk-dong. After visiting the Temple, we will have a guided tour of the furniture museum in English, starting at 2:00 pm.

Tour: Hiking to Seungga-sa in Bukhan-san

On this hike we will visit Seungga-sa, one of the most scenic and interesting Buddhist temples in the Seoul area. Seungga-sa, founded in founded in 756, is spectacularly located below one of the sharp peaks of Samgak-san, Seoul’s prominent sacred guardian-mountain. The temple, seated Buddha carving and views of Seoul are worth the effort it takes to reach Seungga-sa.

Tour: Namsan City Wall and Sungnye-mun

Mr. H.K. Choi will climb with us up and over Namsan, which means “south mountain.” . As we follow the old Seoul City wall, Mr. Choi will share its history and restoration. We will continue to historic Sungnyemun, better known as Namdaemun (the big south gate of old Seoul). This hike is somewhat physically demanding, so please be prepared for physical exertion.

Tour: Treasures of Jung-gu, the Historic Downtown Center

This tour is guided by Prof. D. Mason and will cover the most interesting historic sites found right in the middle of old Seoul, often overlooked by expat-residents. Click on the event to read more details. We’ll finish and disperse at the Cheonggye-cheon Stream where participants can walk along it, have lunch together or just go on their way.

Tour: Seoul Folk Flea Market

Are you hunting for second hand vintage good or just want to see and feel the atmosphere? Then come with us! The market sells typical Korean items, everyday goods, souvenirs, traditional goods and traditional food allowing visitors to enjoy shopping and eating all under one roof.

Tour: Horse Riding Field Trip

Join us for a tour and optional horse back riding lesson at Balios Equestrian Club, located in scenic western Korea. We will receive a tour from an English speaking guide and enjoy the beauty of their state-of-the-art riding facilities. This exclusive equestrian center includes competition level indoor and outdoor arenas, trails, stables, coaches and, of course, gorgeous horses.

Welfare Committee

Oversees SIWA’s work with local charity organizations that provide direct assistance to vulnerable members and communities in Korea. This team reviews requests on a regular basis and visits the organization to learn more about its needs and operations. Join the Welfare Committee!

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