As said by Frank Sinatra in his 1949 song:
The flowers in spring, the robins that sing,
The moonbeams that shine, they’re yours, they’re mine.
And love can come to everyone,
The best things in life are free.“
As gatherings of like-minded individuals should be, let’s compile a list of Daejeon-centered free meetups. No need to get your wallet out, or buy a coffee to partake, just come on in and enjoy!
For the intellectual Deajonite: Daejeon Ted and Red
“Daejeon TED and Red is a group of people coming together to watch TED Talks (or other sources of media) while drinking wine (or any other beverage of your choice), so that they may engage in meaningful conversations. The goal for this group is to bring together passion driven, open-minded individuals, so that they may share their thoughts, ideas, experiences, advice, and future aspirations in a supportive diverse community. So whether you are looking to make new friends, have aspirations of starting your own business, want to change the world, or just want to listen and share your ideas with others, there is a place for you in this group.”
For the artist: DJAC exhibitions
DJAC is a well established foreign and Korean artists group (consisting of painters, photographers, potters, furniture makers, silk screen artists and more) who showcase their latest works twice a year at various galleries around Daejeon. Their spring exhibition is coming up next week, titled 우리는 공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다 Writing Chinese in Front of Confucius. Opening events typically feature all of the artists in attendance as well some refreshments and snacks and is scheduled for Saturday 22 April 2017 5-9 pm. Or you can stop by anytime at the gallery between 10am to 6pm April 19-27 2017. Address is at their Facebook event page.
For type A personality: U&I productions acting workshops
U&i Production’s weekly acting workshops have started back up. All levels (beginners – pros) are invited to come and improve your acting skills with simple improv work and scenes.
Every Tuesday night at 7:30pm. Location of the workshop is on their event page.
For the talkative leader: Schoolmasters
“Schoolmasters is a Toastmasters club in the Daejeon area of South Korea. We meet every Thursday, 7:30 pm at N1-111, KAIST. Although our meetings are conducted in English, we are not an English speaking club. Our members are interested in teaching and learning, and aim to improve their public speaking and leadership skills. All who are willing to learn by doing are welcome. No need to reserve or prepare anything. Just come and have fun.”
For the dog lover: Friends of Daejeon Paws
Usually taking place on the weekends, these meetups feature visiting Mrs. Jung’s shelter in Galma dong and walking very eager, super cute and friendly dogs. Help with donations/supplies is always appreciated!
For the runner: Hash House Harriers
“The Hash House Harriers is a more social version of a running club (we describe ourselves as a drinking club with a running problem.) The only prerequisite to hashing is a sense of humour and a willingness to drink. If you do not know anything about the Hash House Harriers and would like to read up on it, visit http://www.gthhh.com/ for details on this established and silly social sport. Our aim is to hash in Daejeon, everyone is welcome and can enjoy being part of a tight-knit group.” While alcohol (beer, etc) drinkers are required to pay a fee, non-drinkers can probably run for free, contact the club if you happen to be one.
For the volunteer: Daejeon Cares and Daejeon International Volunteer Experience
“We are a small volunteer group in Daejeon that visits local orphanages (children’s homes) to do some volunteer work and organize events for the kids. We are open to other kinds of volunteer and charity work as well, so please feel free to join with your good ideas and good intentions.”
For the thrifty Daejeonite: Clothing Exchange meetups
An ongoing event with events posted once or twice a year, this exchange features donations from mostly women of clothing, shoes, accessories, books and other trinkets. Attendees are able to pick up other person’s donations free of charge and whatever is left over gets donated to the local women’s shelter. Dodi Falcon is the one to ask about the next exchange.
For polyglots: Stammtisch and Polyglot Sunday group
Stammtisch groups describes itself as: “This group has been around since the late 90s. It was founded by Christoph Eitel, who also founded Daejeon Hikers. It was kept going by 10 years by Alan England before he left to go back to the US in 2013. We are a group for foreigners/friends of foreigners living in or near Daejeon. We meet every week on Thursday. We’re here for Koreans who want to practice English or foreigners who are new to Korea and trying to get their bearings. If you’re also looking for people to hang out or chat with in Daejeon, we’re here for that, too!”
Polyglot Sundays welcome language lovers of all levels at 7:30pm every Sunday at Caffe Resort in Tangbang-dong. Visit the event page for more information.
For the discussion-driven types: Daejeon discussion
“A bimonthly meeting, where people from a variety of different cultural and professional backgrounds can meet and give insight on various topics of discussion. We normally discuss topics that deal with current events or happenings in Korea. Location varies from week to week, but we’ll post the location/time several days in advance.”
For the reader: Daejeon Book Club “As the pages turn” and Daejeon Book Exchange
“Daejeon Book Club: “As the Pages Turn” is not your usual book club…we aim to share unique experiences based on our reading. If you’re open to share bits and pieces of your life with a lively group, this club’s for you.
Do you know of a FREE Daejeon meetup that I’ve omitted or a brand new one not on the list? Comment below and I’ll include it in the post. Thanks!
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