AMMAN – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) The Jordanian office organized “2022 Partners Workshop – World Friends Korea (WFK) Volunteer Program” to mark the resumption of the program and strengthen the partnership between KOICA and its partners in the Kingdom, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
Under the WFK program, KOICA mobilizes Korean volunteers from sectors including education, agriculture and fisheries, general health care and sanitation, according to the agency’s website.
The program aims to strengthen the friendly ties between Korea and Jordan and enhance the economic and social development of the Kingdom.
KOICA’s Jordan office has provided 439 volunteers since 2006 to support public institutions in Jordan. After the COVID-19 outbreak, KOICA volunteers were evacuated in April 2020, and it was not until this summer that the WFK program finally resumed.
Three new volunteers were sent to Jordan in July 2022 in the fields of youth development and music education in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Culture, respectively. The number of volunteers is expected to increase in the coming months, according to a statement from KOICA released on Monday.
The workshop included several sessions covering program updates, the volunteer enrollment process, and KOICA’s commitment to partner satisfaction. A session also focused on KOICA’s anti-corruption compliances and internal and global efforts to fight corruption, the statement added.
During Thursday’s workshop, which was attended by the directors of the host organizations and representatives of the relevant ministries, the country director of the KOICA office in Jordan, Seo Dongsung, expressed his gratitude to the agency’s partners for their cooperation and their contribution to both the success of the program over the past 16 years and its resumption in July.
He also congratulated the new volunteers who came to Jordan to share their knowledge and experience.
The workshop ended with a feedback session for KOICA partners, who expressed their questions, concerns and opinions regarding WFK’s volunteer program. KOICA responded to each question and pledged to help Jordan, noting that it will work to ensure partners have a positive experience with KOICA volunteers.
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