Homeland Tour to Korea July 15th - July 26th, 2019

The Barker Adoption Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be planning a Homeland Tour to Korea in 2019!  

Help Your Child Explore Their Roots in Korea

The group will visit and tour SWS, and when possible a visit will be arranged with each adopted child’s foster family.  

Experience Korea’s Rich Tourist and Cultural Sights

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 an orphanage and a school and attend a cooking school.

Build Life-Long Friendships in Korea

During the tour, you will have the chance to spend time with a host family which is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of the trip: spending time sharing a meal with a Korean family and enjoying the boundless hospitality for which Koreans are famous.

Share Your Experiences in a Supportive Environment

Travel and have shared experiences with other adoptive families, as well as adoption professionals. Adopted children and parents alike will enjoy making new friends, experiencing this journey as part of a supportive group.  Please note that the tour will be accompanied by a Barker Adoption Foundation Program Director and a Barker Social Worker.

Experience South Korea - 2019 Korea Homeland Tour

"I would do this tour again in a heartbeat....the best experience that I could have ever hoped for!"

Korea Tour Details

Below is the sample itinerary. More specific details will be available in the spring of 2019. 

Dates: Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 26th, 2019 (12 days)

  • Day 1 – Monday, July 15th – Arrival in Seoul
  • Day 2 – Tuesday, July 16th – Tour Seoul
  • Day 3 – Wednesday, July 17th – Tour Seoul
  • Day 4 – Thursday, July 18th - Tour Seoul and visit to SWS and foster families (if applicable)
  • Day 5 – Friday, July 19th – Yongin/Mt. Seorak National Park
  • Day 6 – Saturday, July 20th – Mt. Seorak National Park/ Mt. Gaya National Park
  • Day 7 – Sunday, July 21th – Mt. Gaya National Park, Gyeonju
  • Day 8 - Monday, July 22nd - Gyeongju
  • Day 9 – Tuesday, July 23rd - Gyeongju/Busan
  • Day 10 – Wednesday, July 24th - Busan
  • Day 11 – Thursday, July 25th – Suwon/Seoul
  • Day 12 – Friday, July 26th – Depart Seoul, and transfer to the airport

"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.” - 2015 tour participant 

Tour Cost

Our Korea tour is $3600 per person, which includes lodging in four-star hotels (on a double occupancy basis), full board (all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners), admission fees to all sites and tourist attractions, and transfers to and from the airport to the hotel in Seoul. The tour fee is based on a double occupancy basis. For families with a third and/or fourth person staying in the same hotel room, the tour fee for the third and/or fourth person in the room is $3350. 

Airfare and Ticket Booking

The cost of the trip does not include airfare to Seoul. All participants are responsible for arranging their own round-trip transportation to Korea and purchasing their own tickets. Currently, round-trip tickets to Korea cost approximately $1900.  

To Apply

Please fill out and submit the Korea homeland tour registration along with a $500 non-refundable deposit per participant by January 15, 2019.

Please note that spaces are limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Checks should be made payable to The Barker Adoption Foundation. You may download the registration form (below)

Korea Homeland Tour 2019 Registration

Please mail registration form and deposit to:

The Barker Adoption Foundation
7979 Old Georgetown Road, First Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

After Applying

After you have applied, please keep in mind:

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 2019.  Please send copies of valid passports to postadopt@barkerfoundation.org.

Orientation Meeting

As the trip gets closer we will be in touch with you regarding an orientation meeting which will be held on Sunday in May 2019. 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 2019 tour, please call Varda Makovsky at Barker at 301-664-9664, or email postadopt@barkerfoundation.org