Getting Prepared

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to make a difference in the North Korean community? Are you seeking a new and rewarding experience? If so, then we would like to hear from you!

Before becoming a TNKR volunteer, applicants are required to attend both an orientation and a matching session. Information about upcoming events, including orientations and matching sessions, can be found on our Events page. Based on feedback, refugees say they prefer longer term connections with tutors, at least: 3-month commitment, tutoring or coaching at least twice a month, with each session lasting at least 90 minutes.

TNKR’s volunteer program is divided into two parts: Track 1 and Track 2. To learn more about the Tracks, and to decide which volunteering opportunity is right for you, see the descriptions below. Also, be sure to check out a few introductory videos at the TNKR YouTube channel.



Track 2 is designed for refugees who wish to focus on improving their public speaking, presentation, and writing skills. Refugees in Track 2 receive one-on-one coaching from a fluent or native English-speaking mentor.

Refugees in Track 2 might wish to prepare for and practice giving business or educational presentations, polish their writing in order to publish a book or essay, or improve their public speaking skills so that they can advocate on behalf of other North Koreans. Track 2 mentors will work closely with their students to outline specific goals and tailor their lessons accordingly.

Track 2 Application Checklist:

  • Online application
  • Formatted Resume (See ‘Step 2’)
  • ARC/Passport/State-level ID (photo or scan**)
  • TNKR waiver (photo or scan**)
  • Kakao Talk: Add Casey (“Y2KC“) on Kakao Talk,  then send a message: “Hello, my name is (       ), I am an applicant with TNKR hoping to join Track 2.”
  • TNKR Facebook group

**Recommended free scanning apps: CamScanner, Tiny Scanner

After being accepted, applicants agree to attend the mandatory Track 2 Orientation.


Application Process


Submit Online Application

Consider which volunteer role you wish to apply for and fill out the application form by clicking “Apply Now” below.

Track 2, Coaching

Note: We will be seeking speech coaches this summer.

Documents you will need:

  • Formatted Resume (keep in mind this will be your one opportunity to communicate with refugees before meeting them at the Matching session)
  • ARC, Passport, or State-Level ID (scan or photo)
  • TNKR Waiver (scan or photo)

*Recommended free scanning apps: CamScanner, Tiny Scanner

To expedite your application:

  • Add Casey (“Y2KC“) on Kakao Messenger,  then send a message: “Hello, my name is (         ), I am an applicant with TNKR hoping to join Track 2.”
  • Join the TNKR Facebook group

Follow up!

After submitting your on-line application and e-mailing the required documents, send an e-mail to Casey Lartigue at CJL(@)

The orientation session can go a lot faster when applicants are prepared and have a good understanding of TNKR’s special approach, so be sure to watch videos in the TNKR YouTube channel and read about TNKR’s history and process.