Hope and Dreams to Youth of World

In the interest of helping the less fortunate, the WTF has instituted a corps of taekwondo volunteers. This is their story.

As part of its efforts to spread hope and dreams to the youth of the world through taekwondo, the World Taekwondo Federation established the WTF World Taekwondo Peace Corps in 2008.

Since then, a total of 830 members of the Taekwondo Peace Corps, mostly university taekwondo students, have been dispatched in 210 teams on 10 occasions to 93 different countries around the world. Most teams consist of four members and the short-term period of dispatch is one to two months.

The WTF has also dispatched 38 mid-term Taekwondo Peace Corps members on three occasions to over 10 countries for a period of three to six months. It plans to send more short- and mid-term teams to Africa, Oceania and Pan-America this year.

The WTF Taekwondo Peace Corps project started as a pilot program following WTF President Chungwon Choue's proposal for a joint U.N. and IOC Sport Peace Corps program.

The program was institutionalized by the creation of the World Taekwondo Peace Corps Foundation in 2009. WTF President Choue serves as chairman of the foundation.
As recently as January this year, a total of 124 university students in 33 teams vol- unteered in 27 countries on short-term winter Taekwondo Peace Corps activities.

Among the 27 dispatched countries, Taekwondo Peace Corps members were sent to five countries for the first time: four African countries - Sudan, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo and Sierra Leone - and the Latin American country of Colombia.

Some Taekwondo Peace Corps members are willing to continue their volunteer work abroad, if further opportunities arise.