Who we are?
Geoje International Center was set up in the year 2013 by Youngseung Jo with an aim to provide a common platform for interaction between the foreigners and the local residents living on Geoje Island, South Korea.
The last few years have seen a rising number of foreigners living on Geoje Island due to the renowned shipbuilding yards the island offers. A wide majority of them sometimes struggle with the local language, navigation, food habits as well as the culture of the place. The primary thought behind setting up Geoje International Center (GIC) was to help the foreigners adapt to a new country, meet new people, partake in different activities and give them an opportunity to interact with the locals to better understand the life on the island.
Geoje International Center (GIC) is a non-profit organization providing information & services to expats, promoting intercultural understanding, friendship and cooperation between foreign residents and locals on Geoje Island. GIC’s objective is to help develop a heightened community spirit, as well as forming various networks of cultural exchange.
What we do?
GIC conducts several events and programmes annually and runs several classes daily. The center conducts events such as International Fairs, Market places, Sport tournaments, Concerts, Festival celebrations and visits to famous destinations where the entire community participates as a whole. The center also conducts several activities such as fitness classes, dance classes, cooking classes, art- drawing classes, language classes to name a few, on an everyday basis, catering to different interests people may have where they can participate irrespective of their backgrounds. The center encourages people to also teach a field of their interest.
In the two years of its establishment, GIC has been fortunate enough to have had members from across 32 countries including different parts of Korea, England, France, United States, Canada, India, Denmark, Norway,Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Columbia, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, Sweden – taking the concept of multicultural bridging to a different level.
What GIC offers to its members is not just an institution, it is a place where people from diverse cultures and backgrounds meet under one roof, they share their experiences, they exchange knowledge, they make permanent bonds – embedding a part of them into each other. GIC represents in a true sense – A home away from home!