As a foreign resident (or visitor) in Korea, where can you turn to when you have some baffling situations or difficulties?
There is the Seoul Global Center (SGC)
What makes the Seoul Global Center special?
Open from 9 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Fri), the SGC provides a wide range of services from business consultations, various educational courses and international exchange events, to comprehensive administrative services.
If you take a look at the inside of the center, you can spot booths devoted to Korea Exchange Bank and LG Telecom.
Ms. Pitman from the U.S. who was having a consultation at the mobile phone section commented, “The biggest difficulty I face living in Korea is, expectedly, language.
Seoul Global Center has been an immense help in that regard. I’d like to introduce this organization to many other foreigners in Korea. I’m really satisfied with its services.”
She says that she came to Korea six months ago and that apart from communication problems Korea feels like her second homeland. She also adds, “It will be great if the center offers more Korean language classes.”
How do I make use of the SGC?
The Seoul Global Center offers services in six languages. For day-to-day living issues, consultations are offered in English, Chinese, and Japanese, and for multicultural issues, Mongolian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog are additionally available.
Practical consulting services
And then there is On-site Consultation. A batch of staff composed of experts in state pension, health insurance, labor, telecom, and many other fields visit areas with high concentrations of foreign residents and workers and provide package consultation services. Last year, the consultation was offered about 30 times on the weekends, and this year, the SGC aims at increasing it to 50 times. Foreigners find this service extremely helpful.
The Seoul Global Center, 2 years since foundation
Mr. Kim of the International Exchange Department comments, “Facility like the SGC is especially essential in non-English-speaking countries. But I have yet to find another country that provides services as high-quality and thorough as ours. Even in Japan, for instance, there isn’t a facility that offers the kind of comprehensive administrative services that the SGC provides. The SGC is currently registered on the list for the U.N. Public Service Awards.”
Kim goes on to say, “I’m proud that our center is offering great support for foreigners living in Korea. We are going to further improve our services by expanding Koreans-foreigners exchange programs.”
Hope the Seoul Global Center sets a role model worldwide for one-stop service organization for foreigners!