In 2012 Young Pioneer Tours offered our first study programme in North Korea – our Juche Study. This initial trip was quite groundbreaking: it did not only focus on Juche, the state ideology of North Korea, but was also a de facto language study tour. Whilst there have been similar projects since then, very few have offered Juche travel services like this.
We currently do not offer the Juche study program, but in 2017 and 2018 we launched ourselves further into specialised study tours, with both rural- and city-based study programs. This was coupled with extensive travel around the country in order to incorporate practical and authentic practice of the language.
For 2019 we are pleased to announce that we will again be launching a Korean language study course aimed at students with all levels of proficiency in the Korean language.
This summer we will be heading back to the Kim Chol Yu University of Education on either a 17-day or 29-day intensive program. These consist of daily classes (except weekends) and include visits to all the major places in North Korea, such as the Kaesong DMZ and Nampo, and more off-the-wall sites such as the fabulous mountains in the Mt Myohang region.
The course is very much open to everyone with an interest in learning the Korean language, and can be just as easily described as a cultural exchange.
This is also one of the very few programs where it is possible to learn the North Korean dialect of the Korean language. The dialects of the North and South would certainly be described as mutually intelligible, but after 70 years of separation a number of differences have naturally sprung up.