Understanding & Vicarious Learning 

Guided by the belief that all children have equal value, Open Arms provides personalised English education to abandoned children in South Korean welfare homes.  


Open Arms offers three programs, progressively starting from 2 to 15. The successive nature of our program will provide on-going education with a personalized curriculum, built upon a promising

one-to-one relationship.

Open Arms creates Open Minds! 

Age of Student 2-5    |    1 x week    |    2 hour session   |   2 year Program 

To create happy memories for toddlers living in Children’s Welfare Homes with loving adults and individual attention. To prepare them for pre-school through purposeful activities that encourage language, social, inter-cultural, sensory and motor skills development. ‘Free choice stations’ give them the opportunity to make their own decisions and foster independence. 
"In order to lead a toddler education program, a personal and constant relationship must be based. Education is broad in its meaning but we aim to prioritize a personal relationship. Our programs not only provide cognitive training but extensive personal development from the personalized bond between the volunteering educator and the child. The interactions are fundamental practices that initiate the child to spout their social skills and linguistic ability."
Sue, Educator of Toddlers Program
Age of Student 2-5    |    1 x week    |    1 hour session   |   3 year Program 

Teaching English in a fun, loving and safe environment. Providing children with supportive and positive learning experiences through play, and engaging activities. The key concepts involve communication and creative expression through verbal and non-verbal messages. The program aims to exemplify healthy ways of receiving, interpreting and responding in the course of interactions with one another. We hope that the interaction would allow expression of personal choices and making individualized decision.

My experience has been amazing, it has truly been life changing to work with Open Arms. Coming to Open Arms and hanging out with the kids has been a highlight of my week. After spending time with these kids, they are just normal fun children who aren't different than any other kid. I would really encourage everyone who has the heart, to serve these children because even if its once a week, we can make a difference and bring joy to these kids lives. There are options for sponsoring a child, to tutor, to mentor and to teach once a week!

Eric Seo, Volunteer of Early Years program
Age of Student 8-15  |
For further enquires please contact us via email 

At Open Arms, we believe that South Korean youth are the key to developing our future.  Lifeskill program aims to equip youth with individualised professional and personal skills that are often not addressed in the academic sphere. Committed participants of the program will be paired with a mentor to support them on this journey. 

Our mission is to guide the children to be the best version of themselves; to be more self-aware: understand their strengths, passions and live by their values; to be solution-oriented: actively find solutions, be flexible and take risks; to have an ability to empower themselves and those around them.
"Lifeskill program provides role models for growing children. Children receive experience-based advice from mentors and form intimate relationships. Respecting the child's personal space, maintaining sensitivity to the whole child and gaining the child's trust is critical in forming healthy relationships. We hope to provide positive energy and motivation which ultimately will guide the child to develop self-respect and independence. With a loving heart like that of a sister, or a brother we hope to empower them to strive forwards."
Mei, Mentor of Leadership program
Age 12-15   |   
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Learning English as a second language has many proven cognitive, social and personal benefits and it is best introduced sooner than later. These skills will open the minds of OA children whilst opening doors to a better career, life opportunities and a larger world.

As a volunteer for Open Arms, I taught English conversation classes to a 14-year-old student for a semester. I found it a very rewarding experience and, seeing how fast my student was improving, I regretted not having started sooner or being able to continue meeting her. The classes were very flexible, and you are given the chance to tailor the curriculum to your student’s needs. For example, while I thought I was going to be able to practice conversation most of the time, I decided to reinforce her basic English knowledge instead after our first class.

As for the organizers of Open Arms who gave me the opportunity to volunteer, I found them very helpful, hard-working and open to ideas that can help the kids. I would say the biggest advantage of this organization is the people who are building it; their love for these kids and their will to help is what really makes Open Arms a great place to volunteer and meet other people. I strongly recommend anyone to join as a volunteer.

Jésica García , English Tutor of Tutoring program

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