Gwangju International Center (GIC)
GIC is a Non-Profit Organization for Korean and international residents of Gwangju to join together and collaborate on community building.
GIC was established in June 1999 by the Gwangju Citizens’ Alliance through the suggestion of the Gwangju Metropolitan City Government. GIC organizes various support systems to provide foreigners living in or visiting Gwangju with comprehensive information on Korea as well as Gwangju and Jeollanam-do.
GIC’s objective is to help develop a heightened community spirit, as well as forming various networks of cultural exchange. For this objective, GIC provides a means for exchange between locals and foreigners, contributing to forming a positive image of Gwangju as a global future-oriented city.
Membership: Join us by becoming a member! For information, please visit www.gic.or.kr
Address: Jeon-il Building 5th Floor, 1-1 Geumnam-ro 1ga, Dong-gu, Gwangju 501-758, South Korea
Bus numbers: 09, 12, 36, 45, 51, 55, 56, 57,58, 59, 61, 80, 87, 95, 98, 151, 518, 1187 Culture Complex Station (문화전당역)
Subway: Culture Complex Station (문화전당역)
Facebook: facebook.com/gwangjuic (page)
1. Services for International Residents
GIC has many Korean language classes in different levels during weekdays, weekends and evening class as well. Students not only learn Korean language but are also offered a culture experience program to help with better understanding of Korean culture. The GIC Korean language class has become a place for cultural exchange as well as performing its role of Korean language education.
- Beginner/Intermediate/Advance/Intensive Class
- GIC Counseling: provides information services and assistance for international residents living in Gwangju and Jeollanam-do. (Interpretation available upon request)
- GIC translation service: accurate and prompt translation services at reasonable prices.
- GIC Library: GIC first began with only 30 books, and has grown rapidly thanks to the continued contributions of GIC members. It now consists of over 5000 books! The library’s collection consists of many current and popular books in English which have been donated by the community.
2. International Exchange Programs
- GIC Talk : It is a weekly English talk program, promoting communication and intercultural understanding between Koreans and international residents. Every Saturday at 3 p.m. at the GIC office. (Watch prior GIC Talks at: www.youtube.com/gictalk) To apply for speaker: send an e-mail togictalk@gmail/com
- Gwangju International Community Day (GIC Day): The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Gwangju City, featuring food, music and performances from Gwangju’s international residents, to be shared and enjoyed with the community.
- May Concert: promotes democracy and human rights to third world countries. The profits have been used to support human rights organization in different Asian countries and migrant workers.
- GIC Gallery: is a free exhibition area for local artists and international residents.
- Home Stay “Feel @ Home”: you can have a chance to experience Korean culture and build friendships by staying with Korean families in Gwangju.
- GIC Tour: is a monthly tour where participants learn about the history and culture of Gwangju and Jeollanam-do. The English-speaking guide (Warren, Proffesor at Dongshin University) helps you to understand the story behind every place you visit on each tour.
- GIC Korean Culture Experience Program: is a monthly program in which participants not only experience Korean culture but also learn and understand it and make friends with Korean people. It has three advantages: it allows international and local residents to build lasting memories through participation with their families, friends, and loved ones; participants can take part in international exchange; and participants can learn about Korean culture and traditions.
3. Publications and Translations
- Gwangju News is an all-English language monthly magazine and produced exclusively by domestic and international volunteers. It contains local and global issues, Korean culture, travel, history and living information. See Gwangju News Online to read articles, or browse and read past and present full issues online.
- Gwangju Guidebook
Gwangju Guidebook provides living and travel information about Gwangju to international residents for their convenience. The existing Gwangju Guidebook is published in English and Chinese.
4. Training and Education Program
- GIC Internship This is an opportunity to develop practical ability on the ground and to experience various cultures.
- Volunteer: We appreciate and welcome Korean and international volunteers in any areas: GIC Talk, Gwangju News, GIC Library, GIC Counseling… Contact us if you are interested.