Recruitment period for Jeju Olle Trail’s ‘Belegi Ganse’ Young Supporters. (February 12 – March 1, 2015)

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Jeju Olle Trail is seeking around 30 young supporters to join their ‘Belegi Ganse’ program for the year of 2015.

Young supporters are in their 20’s and 30’s and partake in a number of activities during their time including workshops, regular meetings, ‘Clean Olle’, and promotion of various festivals and events on behalf of Jeju Olle Trail.

For further information on how to sign up please message the office via Or send me a message too. I have tales to tell.

* Recruitment period ends on March 1 and members will be announced on March 6.


A day with Jeju Olle Trail’s Young Supporters – 3rd Group Belegi Ganse

The 3rd year of Young Supporters spent a day hiking, eating, and preparing ribbons for Jeju Olle Trail.

Young supporters are aged from high school through to those in their early 30s and are the trail’s way of getting Korean youth involved.

Every year a new group is formed in March. This particular meet up on January 31 was one of the last ones the 3rd group of supporters would be having before the 4th group takes over in 2015.

We spend a lot of time at the Lefthander Guesthouse out in Sewha because the owner, Richard Yu, is a big supporter of Jeju Olle. It is also the home for the 3rd group leaders who have set up a restaurant in the nearby Woljeong Beach area.

After meeting for 10 a.m. we departed for some oreum hiking all together in Richard’s Starex van.

Then it was off into the wilds of Jeju for a chilly and fun walk.

With that done we were feeling peckish so headed to a Chinese restaurant near Gimnyoung Beach called Darehyang. These days on Jeju many restaurants don’t give you enough portion for how much you’ve paid. However, this place proved to be an exception and very filling.

The afternoon session had the volunteers prepare the trail ribbons which in turn would be passed on to route leaders and the exploration team for hanging on the trail.

Basically it involves a lot of cutting and making sure the ends of those cuts are sealed by passing the ribbon over a candle flame.

*If you are interested in joining the 4th group from March 2015 then this is the time to contact us and join up.

* If you are a trail manager and want more information about this program please send a message too. I’d be happy to provide details about the way we do it here on Jeju Island.

[Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters Belegi Ganse] A look back on the June 2014 Belegi Ganse Workshop Weekend (SAT)

The Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters (Belegi Ganse) held a workshop last weekend with members flying in from various parts of the Korean mainland including Seoul, Gwangju, and Busan to take part.

Here is a photographic look back at the Saturday highlights that began by joining up with June’s ‘Walk Together’ event until the Route 12 mid-point.

After that the Young Supporters drove to downtown Seogwipo City for a serving of Ssambab.

That was followed by another drive to an old converted elementary school in Sinpung Village to participate in a number of fun team building games.

As the afternoon stretched on into the evening various sessions were presented concerning the work the Young Supporters have already done and will be doing in the future.

– All photographs are courtesy of Park Hee-jun


[Young Supporters Belegi Ganse] Jeju Olle Trail’s Young Supporters hold event to raise funds for Jeju Island’s Gotjawal Forest


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Jeju Island’s Gotjawal Forest was the focus of a donation drive that raised 808,250 WON (765 USD) by the second group of Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters.

Saturday, April 5 saw the group assume control of Seogwipo’s Banong Cafe, home of Jeju Olle’s Ganse Doll making experience, for the day by selling set menu tickets at 10,000 won and preparing the purchased food and drinks for visiting customers.

A whole host of events happened throughout the day to accompany visitors and their food.

Highlights included musical performances by locally invited guests. Later on the young supporters showcased their own talents with harmonica songs, rapping, and guitar playing.

The Gotjawal Trust were also on hand for a presentation that delved into detail about the forest’s history and composition, before turning to some of the successes and problems it faces.

Later on everyone unwound as the Banong Cafe became a disco for the evening.

Many curious passerbys stopped by and Jeju Olle Trail information was also passed on to international visitors from Malaysia to Ireland and France.

[Young Supporters – Belegi Ganse] Looking back on the orientation weekend for the 3rd group of volunteer Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters (Belegi Ganse)

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Orientation for the third group of Jeju Olle Trail Young Supporters (Belegi Ganse) occurred last weekend. If you’re aged from 20 to 30 years old and want to help out with volunteering for Jeju Olle Trail then this is the group to participate in.

I was a member of the second group and got up to many activities and events throughout my year. I had such a great time and you can read about it here in the Korean media (scroll down for English) and here on this blog.

For 2014 there are another thirty-or-so volunteers including two foreign participants (one Englishman and one Canadian).

Saturday morning began out at the Route 6 start point and we were separated into smaller groups of 5 to walk the trail together. Though we were in groups everyone mingled together at points including rest stops.

Lunch was in downtown Seogwipo.

Afterwards we completed the trail and then headed on to the wonderful Galeum Guesthouse for the night. There were so many of us we booked out the whole place.

Dinner was Korean barbecue in the guesthouse garden followed by retiring inside for info sessions including a Q&A with a Jeju Olle Trail office staff member.

After a night relaxation and fun Sunday continued with more information sessions throughout the day.

Young Supporters learned what happened the previous year and learned of upcoming projects that they would be expected to complete.

Jeju Olle Trail Founder, Suh Myeong-suk, arrived to speak with the Young Supporters for an hour. She spoke on how Jeju Olle Trail got started and on the need for younger people to get involved with the trail.

Leadership positions were filled up and everyone retired for lunch before more free mingling sessions in the afternoon.

Finally while the official window of registration for the third group of Young Supporters has closed any late registrants are welcome on a case-by-case basis, so send us a message. Korean language skills are welcome, but not necessary as many within the Young Supporters group speak English.