Living the Krew Life

I am a ‘krew.’ I am a part of the official supporters of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines known as The Krew. As one, I am here to support the center in its diverse programs and events where I get to promote Korea through my passion and interest towards its culture.

I am an events crew. I am learning a lot just by being a volunteer. Through this experience, I have learned to interact with various people and familiarize the Korean culture that we are promoting to the Filipino community while I practice my area of expertise in the field and chase my own career path.

The Korean Cultural Center's 6th batch of 'The Krew' during their orientation. © KCC Philippines

I am a volunteer. I am learning more about Korea and its culture every time I am signing up for an event whether to volunteer or be a participant. I get to enjoy everything about Korea with the wonderful people who have the same passion as I am. Being a member of the group, through my participation in the activities and events organized by the Korean Cultural Center, for me it’s a learning experience as I get to appreciate Korea more and more and hone my craft at the same time. So this is how I am living The Krew life.

Most of us members of The Krew Manila are students, young dreamers, and professionals, so balancing the volunteer work from our own personal life is the first thing that we take into consideration. As a volunteer, we can only lend our hands through our spare time in particular and we are lucky enough as most of the events that the center is organizing are often set on the weekends.

As part of KCC Philippines official supporter, members of The Krew are assigned to event tasks based on the area of their expertise such as in writing, blogging, photography, video making and more.

Signing up for an event duty is where a krew begins his volunteer journey. These events are set in purpose to promote the Korean culture in its entirety through various exhibits, cultural caravans, film screenings and the major events that are hosted all throughout the year. We are usually assigned to a task based on our skills and area of expertise such as in writing news feature, blogging, photography, video making and more.

The Krew family along with the wonderful staffs of the KCC Philippines during the 2017 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange. © Martin Andrada

Volunteering on exhibits and major events of the Korean Cultural Center is what all of us, for the most part, are looking forward to. Those exhibitions are often a Korean art showcase which is held thrice a year while the major events are mostly put on the grandest all year round. Attending an exhibit is just one of the interesting event duties we can sign-up to as part of The Krew. We are usually assigned to cover the exhibition opening and accommodate the needs of the guests and attendees. Through our attendance, not only it widens our appreciation to Korea’s art and culture but also it gives us knowledge and awareness as we get to participate as well and learn something from the artists who personally grace the event.
In addition to, you get to also volunteer to major events held yearly such as the Korean Speech Contest, Global Taste of Korea, Pinoy K-Pop Superstar, Korean Film Festival and Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival where you will be able to appreciate more the beautiful Korean language, inviting K-food culture, trending K-pop music, values-driven Korean films, and the flourishing bilateral relations of Korea and the Philippines.

The Krew media team shoots a series of short films to further promote Korea and its culture through rich media content that is published online.

Being a member of the official supporter group is beyond the experience as you will also improve your craft in the field work while promoting Korea as a whole. While the chance to work with the center will offer you a lot of opportunities and good experiences, it will also entitle you to privileges you will definitely enjoy throughout an entire term.

News writer, blogger, graphic artist, web designer, photographer, videographer and program assistant are just some of the basic tasks that you can choose to and assigned to you when you become a member of Krew. Those tasks seem like a serious set of responsibilities as a volunteer but attending to various event duties is just a whole lot of fun and a learning endeavor. Sometimes you can also sign-up for a special event just like an exclusive invite to a fan meet and K-pop concert where you are only tasked to cover the event and write a blog about it. Isn’t fun that while on-duty you get to also enjoy live music especially if you’re writing about is your K-pop idols’ own concert?

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines is purposely set-up to introduce Korea and its culture to the Filipino community along with the participation of The Krew where they support its diverse cultural programs and events organized all throughout the year.

Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines is considered a hub for everything about Korea and its culture. It is purposely set-up to cater to the growing community of K-wave enthusiasts in the country. As the term ends for the language and culture classes, the center is hosting series of class graduations which will need help from The Krew’s media and volunteer group. Through this event, you will be able to experience how it’s like to assist in the program flow as a program and judges’ assistant, tech booth operator, and or an emcee presenter. It really is such a great opportunity for you to improve and grow out of your comfort zone. If you are good enough to do volunteer work through and at the same time wants to be fluent in speaking Korean and level up your talent in dancing to K-pop music, then consider enrolling yourself through the KCC class offerings as they are as well that interesting and yet another learning experience as being a member of The Krew.

Members of The Krew in action during the Korean Cultural Center’s class orientation.

You will also get to enjoy exclusive privileges as some recognized government organizations and private institutions that are usually based in Korea are partnering with the Korean Cultural Center along with the participation of The Krew for outreach programs and projects of the same just like in the recent years in which POSCO, a Korean global total solution company, held a series of medical missions in the country.

Official supporters' blog The Krew MNL wherein members can contribute in writing articles and to feature the Korean Cultural Center’s various cultural activities and events through feature blogs.

There’s also the official newsletter of The Krew, branded as The Kronicle, which is published by Krew Writers & KCC where you can collaborate and write feature stories about the events you’ve been to. It’s a great platform along with the official supporters’ blog The Krew MNL where you can showcase your skills in writing, news lay-outing, graphics designing, photography and more. Did you know that feature blogs is gaining a lot of readerships every time they get published so what more if you share what you have for the website and publication?

Best volunteers of The Krew for the entire term are recognized as a token of their hardwork in promoting the Korean culture through their amazing works and participation in various events.

Throughout an entire term, the Korean Cultural Center is also honoring supporters and volunteers through recognition who contributed a lot in the promotion of the Korean culture and who actively participates in the different events that the center has organized. As a fruit of hard work, you will be receiving a token of appreciation based on your performance throughout the term. You will definitely enjoy your journey as a member of The Krew with fun-filled orientation, one-of-a-kind awards, year-end festivities, and series of after event dinners along with the wonderful family of the KCC Philippines.

One of The Krews’ happiest moments in the previous year-end activity organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. © Clyde Antes

As part of The Krew for me is not just about the volunteer work and my great interest towards the Korean culture as I consider it as an experience and a ground for self-improvement. If you have the same passion as ours, why not think through and join the new batch of the KCC Philippines’ official supporters group and let us all together promote Korea and its culture while as well enjoying lots of interesting events and improving our crafts through our passion.

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines will be accepting applications for the 7th batch of The Krew Manila until June 22, 2018. Send your applications now and we will be seeing you all soon!

Written by Krew Member Jap Vergonia


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