South Korea to Canada

Every year thousands of people from other countries come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and the hope of contributing to their new society. If you are reading this booklet, you are interested in finding out more about South Koreans, where they come from and what it is like in their original home.

Perhaps you are part of the HOST Program connected to a South Korean family. This information will help you understand what changes they are going through and how you can smooth the way. While the cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from this country.

The decision to make a new home in a different country is not an easy one, because people must leave behind everything that is familiar to them. You can help by offering practical information which they will need in the beginning. Imagine what you would need to know if you moved to a new place. You would need to learn about new customs, where to shop for food, where to find a doctor, what school to attend, how to get around and last, but most important, where to find new friends.

South Koreans, like many newcomers to Canada, probably arrive with mixed feelings. They may be sad to leave behind their friends and family. Even though you will have a lot in common with your new South Korean friends, you will also have lot to learn from them.