Freedom Speakers International (formerly Teach North Korean Refugees)


Freedom Speakers International (formerly known as Teach North Korean Refugees) is a nonprofit organization in Seoul that empowers North Korean refugees to find their own voice and path through education, advocacy and support. For more information, take a look at our About page.



Refugee Learners.

Have Been Empowered by TNKR


Tutors & Mentors

Have Volunteered Their Time.

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What the refugees are saying…

“I am thankful that I have volunteer English teachers helping me to improve my English. My happiest time is when I am studying English with my private tutors.”

Yeonmi Park, former TNKR Ambassador

“There are many NGOs for helping North Korean refugees, but TNKR is the best model for helping refugees practically and productively.”

Jang Jin-sung, author of Dear Leader


“I have many chances to go abroad because of my career, but I can’t communicate with others. Thank you so much to TNKR and the tutors. I think your small help can contribute to the reunification in Korea and peace in the world. You are helping refugees who are struggling with English. I will study actively, I promise.”

“I studied in an academy, but it was too expensive for me and it wasn’t very effective. The teachers couldn’t correct me because there were other students there. I was also afraid to ask because they might think I am stupid for asking basic questions. With TNKR teachers, I don’t feel that fear. They focus on me. I think I have improved a lot because of the TNKR tutors. Thank you to TNKR for allowing us to study without worrying about the cost. I have been lucky because the teachers have been willing to adjust to my schedule.”

“I really lacked confidence, even when I first applied for TNKR I wasn’t sure that I would be able to study in English with native English speakers. But after the orientation and seeing the tutors today at the Matching session, I believe that I can do it. I can feel that the tutors will be supportive and really want to help us.”

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For all of the above and more, please use the form below to contact TNKR and we will get in touch as quickly as we can. In the meantime, feel free to check out our AboutYouTube channel, Social media pages (TNKR and Casey Lartigue) for more information about who we are and what we do.