By Kim Ji-soo
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that it will be recruiting regional international cultural experts" through July 31.
Done in conjunction with the Korea Arts Management Service, the inaugural project is to recruit would-be experts in the cultures of Africa, Central and South America, Middle East and Central Asian region so that they would be the "agents of ‘hallyu' or Korean wave."
Once selected, the international cultural experts will be dispatched to some 10 Korean Cultural Centers overseas from September 2013 through June 2014. The 10 centers will be in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa. The budget for the program is estimated at 400 milllion won.
"We chose these centers because its countries the private sector involved in culture and ‘hallyu' or Korean wave have not made much inroads," said Hwang Hyeon-jeong, an official the ministry said.
The program at the Korea Cultural Center in Egypt will be eight-months long, leaving room for the ministry and the service to select 10 or more experts.
These recruits will plan and operate cultural and arts programs, build networks with the local cultural and arts agencies and build network with the experts there.
The ministry and the service will be providing for their residential costs and for the airfare.
"We need to grow experts who have a broad understanding of and perspective on politics, economy, culture of a nation and one that can tap into the network as well," the ministry said in a statement.
The applicants should have three years or more of experience in planning in international cultural exchanges or in culture and arts planning and conversational English. The submission is through July 31, and visit www.gpkams.or.kr or call (02) 708-2271 for more information.