To South Korea as a volunteer

Hello, guys, :) I am Ivko, from Russia.

Not sure I have chosen the right forum to ask a question, but still.. I am interested in moving to South Korea for a month (or so) as a volunteer. It is not about some organisation, it is about single volunteering at a hostel where I am supposed to work for food and accommodation.

So, the question is, if I go to the country as a single volunteer (not a member of a volunteering organisation), would it be legal? Do I need a specific visa for this? Or, the usual touristic visa would be enough?

What should I say to an officer (the person who checks arriving people) at the airport in this case?

Any help or advice would be very appreciated!

Hello,

I know this is quite an old post but just in case (and for the next people looking for answers) I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TEACHING VISA AVOID LANGUAGE CAFES AT ALL COSTS.

I went to Korea for a few months last year and volunteered at a language cafe on a tourist visa. But there were other volunteers with all kinds of visas (student visa, EVEN working holiday visa, business visa). We did not receive money but we were living together in a dorm so we didn't have to pay for accommodation. IT WAS ILLEGAL.
One day, the immigration came to the cafe, we had to follow them and in the end we were detained at Seoul immigration center for 5-7 days (10 of us) and we all had to pay a huge fine (otherwise we wouldn't have been able to ever return to Korea) Most of us also had to leave within a month.

If you're unsure about something, get a written email from your embassy stating that it is legal. I called but it wasn't enough apparently.

Good luck and enjoy your time in Korea,

Mélanie

@Melanie:

We appreciate your contribution and thanks for the wise advice.

Priscilla
Expat.com Team

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@Melanie:

We appreciate your contribution and thanks for the wise advice.

Priscilla
Expat.com Team

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