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.
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.