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ASIA Families is a DC based organization that supports adopted persons from Korea, and brings extensive knowledge of the language, culture, and international adoption experiences. ASIA Families has facilitated several outstanding homeland tours in the past which have received rave reviews. In the words of 2015 tour participants:
"I would do this tour again in a heartbeat....the best experience that I could have ever hoped for!"
"The best part of the trip was the personalized tour to my children's birth cities with super-helpful volunteers and the opportunity to meet our child's foster mom.”
“All your arrangements were so perfect -- not touristy, but rather diverse and a good experience of Korean culture...We loved going to the elementary school.”
"After meeting our host family, it felt like we had known each other forever. Our whole family had so much fun being with them. It was so easy and comfortable, and so hard to say goodbye."
The tour will be accompanied by a Barker Adoption Foundation Program Director and Social Worker, and Grace Song, Executive Director of ASIA Families.
We work with every family on the tour to arrange a visit to SWS and when possible a visit with the adopted child’s foster family.
You will visit the traditional tourist sites in Seoul, such as Kyongbokkung Palace, Namdaemun Market, the National Museum and Folk Village in Gyeongju, and the beaches of Busan. In addition, you and your family will visit places not on typical Korean tour itineraries including a Korean public school, an orphanage, and/or an alternative school for teenagers who are refugees from North Korea.
During the tour, you will spend a day with a host family that has been carefully matched with you. For many participants, this is one of the most memorable parts of the trip: spending time in a Korean home or apartment, sharing a meal, and enjoying the boundless hospitality for which Koreans are famous. You will also get to know local Korean volunteers who assist with various aspects of the tour.
Share Your Experiences in a Supportive Environment
Travel with adoptive families as well as adoption professionals and members of the Korean-American community, who understand and support each other through a journey that you will treasure forever.
Below is the sample itinerary. We hope to add more community service projects such as visiting an orphanage to have a play time with toddlers or delivering meals to lonely and isolated seniors in poor areas of Seoul. More specific details will be available in the spring of 2018.
Day 1 – Saturday, June 23rd – Depart from DC
Day 2 – Sunday, June 24th – Arrival in Seoul
Day 3 – Monday, June 25th – Tour Seoul
Day 4 – Tuesday, June 26th – SWS tour and Lotte World
Day 5 – Wednesday, June 27th - Tour Seoul
Day 6 – Thursday, June 28th - Teach English as an honorary teacher at a local school
Day 7 – Friday, June 29th – Free time
Day 8 – Saturday, 30th - Visit an orphanage and meet your host family
Day 9 - Sunday, July 1st - (Attend a church –optional), leave for Gyeongju
Day 10 – Monday, July 2nd - Tour Gyeongju Leave for Busan
Day 11 – Tuesday, July 3rd - Tour Busan
Day 12 – Wednesday, July 4th - Leave for Seoul, Night view from N-Tower
Day 13 – Thursday, July 5th – Free day, Farewell Dinner
Day 14 – Friday, July 6th - Departure from ICN, Korea and Arrival back in DC
Our Korea tour cost will be approximately $3600 per person plus non-stop round trip airfare of approximately $1900. Children under the age of twelve typically receive a $200 discount on their airfare. This approximate fee will include all lodging, most meals except those on free days, all admission fees to attractions, and travel/post adoption service assistance during your trip.
In January 2018, we will provide you with a designated travel agency's contact information to book the non-stop Korean Air flights from Washington Dulles International Airport together and receive a group discount rate. Korean Air costs approximately $1,900 per person with the group discount. Please note participants are not obligated to travel with other tour participants on the same flight, however previous ASIA tour participants have expressed how much they enjoyed travelling with other group members and getting to know them on the 13 1/2 hour-long flight.
On previous ASIA tours some families have chosen to visit sites not on the group schedule including visits to their children’s birth cities. If you wish to make a side trip away from the group schedule or extend your trip, we will be happy to assist you in making arrangements. However, you will be responsible for the additional costs of such trips.
You may download the registration form (below) and send it with a $500 (per person) non-refundable deposit by January 1, 2018. Please note that spaces are limited and we do expect that this inaugural tour will fill up; applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Checks should be made payable to The Barker Adoption Foundation.
Apply or Renew All of Your Passports - Korea doesn't require you to have any immunization shots or a separate travel VISA. However, all passports should be valid through December 2018. Please send copies of valid passports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the trip gets closer we will be in touch with you regarding an orientation meeting which will be held one Sunday in May, 2018. This session will provide more detailed information about the tour, and will provide an opportunity for you and family to meet the other tour participants prior to the trip.
For more information on the 2018 tour, please email email@example.com