Korea Gapyear

Korea Gapyear

Why choose Korea Gapyear?

KoreaGapYear KGY is an internationally recognized social enterprise and the first and only Gap Year agency in South Korea. We contentedly devote our distribution to gap year programs to students worldwide providing:

- Internships in South Korea in a city of your choice
- Local Stay
- Korean Language programs

KoreaGapyear KGY is running a national and international internship, travel, and education program. Pursuing a social enterprise model to provide free national programs and low-cost international programs. Contributing to society by setting up a World School, providing free lectures, running a volunteer group. Providing programs that run in partnership with various international social enterprises and NGOs. Engaging in two-way communication with youth by providing customized programs requested by youth.



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Donato Junior
Yes, I recommend this program

Social Welfare/Environment Internship

I chose to do an internship in Korea, because I wanted to learn more about the working lifestyle and the culture here, since I feel like in the terms of world ranking, I would say it is very much developing and growing as a business center.

I was having my internship for 3 months at a non profit organization. The people that worked at my internship were very sympathetic and welcoming. I went through the Korea GapYear program and they helped me find one, it was a real smooth sailing:)

I would definitely recommend KGY!!! to anyone who wants to visit Korea or work in a Korean environment. It also helped to meet new people and discover new cultures. They were always communicating very very rapidly and are very attentive to the needs and expectations of those applied to their programs:)

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Skin Care Internship in Korea

I worked for a Korean Skin Care Company for 5 months that also does Marketing for other Skin Care Companies. So in a typical day, I do a lot of social media work. I decided to come to South Korea, because I was really interested in the culture and the language and since I have been always interested in Skin Care, I thought that Korea would be the best place to do that. I wanted to do an internship in Korea, because I thought it would be a really great way to build the cultural understanding skills for future careers. And I found KoreaGapYear when searching for different option for doing an internship in Korea on Gooverseas and when I found it I thought it sounded like a really great option

I would definitely recommend KGY because it was a very simple process with very prompt responses. It has been definitely the best experience! I am going to miss so much and come back for sure!

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Sports Internship at Korean Company

Hey, I am Elijah, 22 years old from Hawaii. I was in Korea to be a Marketing and Content Creator at a Sports Company for 3 months. I came alone to Korea, and this was actually my first time going abroad in general, since I have only been within the United States, so it was definitely a huge step for me.

I would highly recommend Korea GapYear to anyone who wants to come to South Korea or just wants to experience living in Korea, working in Korea. It does not matter what you do, I am sure that they can find the perfect job for you.

My advice to future participants is just to get yourself out there. I mean, for me, I am a very introverted person and so getting myself out there was a little difficult at first. But if you do some research maybe beforehand, before coming, you can find yourself a little community that you can get yourself connect to and just really enjoy every moment you have here.

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Entertainment Internship

Definitely recommend this program to other people! kgy is so kind and full of commiment
kgy offers like a lot of choices to choose from like for me when I applied like there was like an education teaching aspect, a business aspect, a non-profit organization aspect, so literally anyone wants to come to Korea for an internship definitely recommend to go through kgy
You guys are the best!
Usually in the U.S people are very independent they like to do things on their own, but here in Korea like everyone especially at work, everyone works together as a team like they're so cooperative. At my company other people help me like working as a team I really like that a lot and everyone has an equal role like knowing how to work in a team!
This internship has been like a hundred percent good match for me I don't think I would have been able to find something like this without kgy’s help! Thank you

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Reliable internship company

I am thankful that KGY for being so reliable and for always offering to help me.
I felt very safe while talking to KGY. I am super grateful that I could rely on the help of KGY, as there wasn’t much time left until the internship started, I was excited and collected a lot new memories and experiences during my internship abroad.Thank you for accompanying me on my first day, I am really happy that i am able to have such a great start into the internship thanks to KGY. Thank you so much for finding me such a nice internship:)


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Siwon Park

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Staff Member
Siwon has been working dedicated for KGY, a social enterprise located in South Korea, Seoul, for the last 3 years passionately. After doing a gap year herself and traveling the world for multiple years, she felt it was time that she should give back and share the great experiences and memories she made during that time, to those who are planning and wishing to do the same thing.


What is your favorite travel memory?

​​Growing up in a biracial background, traveling and exploring the world has been an inherent privilege in my life from a young age. Pinpointing a single best travel memory is definitive best travel memory feels almost impossible, as each journey has been a tapestry of privilege and discovery.

Instead, I cherish the overarching experience of being constantly immersed in diverse cultures, countries, and communities. Every trip presents an opportunity for personal growth, self-discovery, and the chance to make meaningful connections with individuals from all over the world. To broaden my perspective on the world and people

Knowing that those are some of the effects that travel can bring to oneself, fills me with gratitude and appreciation for the beauty of our world.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

It's hard not to grow when you are working alongside people from diverse backgrounds and countries. I would be more surprised if someone said they haven't grown. No matter where you work, you are being put into a setting where you are meeting new people whom you need to bond with, respect, and collaborate with to achieve common goals. Being in an environment where everyone is striving for the same mission and vision not only helps you grow but also makes you realize the newfound compassion and enthusiasm in yourself, allowing you to see the best in others.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Rather than singling out one student's story as the best, since I think would diminish the stories of all the other ones, I believe that each participant brought something unique and valuable to our program. Every story shared with me was special in its own right way. Witnessing the growth, learning, and transformation of every participant over just a few weeks fills me every single time with immense pride and gratitude.

Each individual participant has become stronger, braver, and more enriched through their journey with us. And me being just even 1% of a very small part of their life-journey fills me with honor and joy.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I think that rather than choosing a program I wish I could go back to the moment when it was time for my gap year and my time to travel for the first time alone and live alone in a country, I think that is such important and significant chapter in your life that no one else can replace or give you. It holds immense value. And us having most of our participants being in that position and us KGY being able to help and support them at the beginning makes me so happy.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What truly distinguishes and differentiates us and makes us stand out is that each of our staff members has either lived abroad or taken a gap year. In addition to that, our founding team embarked on a world travel journey together. This wasn't just for the sake of offering any programs, but to gain firsthand experience and immerse themselves in the countries and programs we offer. By experiencing it firsthand, we ensure that our participants receive enriching experiences that we can confidently stand behind.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

The cornerstone of a successful company lies in respect, appreciation, and listening. I believe you can liken the success of a company to a successful romantic relationship with your partner. While you may not always see eye to eye or agree on every aspect of operations, but if you have shared morals, vision, and goals, coupled with mutual respect and appreciation for each other's strengths, along with active listening, it should always pave the way for success. Ultimately, we are all human, so demonstrating love, compassion, empathy, and effective communication toward one another is paramount and if having all those qualities I think it is impossible not to be successful