10 Life-Changing Days in Korea. Welcome to Mosaic.
"The Mosaic Tour will be one of the most memorable times of your life. Go for it!"
- Janine, former tour member
ABOUT THE TOURs
The Mosaic and Mosaic Hapa Tours bring adult adoptees back to Korea for 10-day tours to learn about their roots, research their past, and discover more about themselves through meaningful connections with Korean people and communities. The purpose of each tour is to help adult adoptees "fill in the blanks" in their own cultural and personal history by exploring Korea through its people.
The Mosaic Tour includes an afternoon with a Korean host family, teaching a cultural lesson at a Korean elementary school, community service alongside the Angels' Haven orphanage, along with other unique cultural experiences based in Seoul, Paju, and the city of Pohang.
With similar activities, the Mosaic Hapa Tour has a unique focus on the historical and social context surrounding the overseas adoption of thousands of mixed-race children, and interaction with Korean people who welcome Hapa adoptees with an open heart.
Importantly, each tour provides the opportunity to visit a "meaningful place" for each adoptee, which could be a birthplace, orphanage, or place where the adoptee was found. Each piece of information and history enables the adoptee participants to add tiles to their own colorful mosaics, which continue to be beautiful works in progress.
2019 application deadlines
Click here to apply for the 2019 Mosaic Hapa Tour. Applications are due by May 15, 2019.
The application period for the 2019 Mosaic Tour has ended. Applications for the 2020 tour will be released in the fall of 2019.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
The Mosaic Tour is for adult, post-college age Korean adoptees focused on learning about their roots, experiencing the culture and exploring their past. Applicants must be able to communicate in English. The 2019 tour will take place June 21 - June 30, 2019.
Similarly, the Mosaic Hapa Tour is for adult, post-college age, mixed-race Korean adoptees who are interested in learning about their roots, experiencing the culture and exploring their past. Applicants must be able to communicate in English. The 2019 tour will take place September 19-September 28, 2019.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Registration Fee for Accepted Applicants: $250 per person
Scheduled lodging, ground transportation, and meals in Korea are covered by Me & Korea. Roundtrip airfare to Seoul (Incheon International Airport), as well as personal expenses and accommodations outside of the tour itinerary are the responsibility of the participant.
What to expect
The Mosaic and Mosaic Hapa Tours are fun, fast-paced, emotional, and filled with unforgettable experiences. Many tour members tell us their time in Korea was life-changing, and the fellow adoptees they met on their tour became their lifelong friends. On any Mosaic Tour, prepare to be exhausted, exhilarated, emotional, introspective, and surprised! Each year, we customize our tours so no group has the exact same experience as the year before. Our hope is that in providing opportunities to meet and interact with Korean people, culture, and history, you’ll be able to learn more about what it means to be Korean.
We asked past tour participants "What can Mosaic Tour/Mosaic Hapa Tour members expect from the tour?" Here's what they said:
"Expect your life to change."
“A place to relate to.”
"A meaningful trip with memories and friends for the rest of your life."
"Be mentally and emotionally ready for anything. If you anticipate a reunion, look for resources, either in person or online, who know the common issues related to reunions. Also, know that if you choose to reunite, know that you are opening up a lifelong relationship that will not end when the tour ends. For everyone, do what you can to get in a good place mentally and emotionally before going on the tour. If you can do this, you may just have the trip of a lifetime."
"Laugh, cry, take it all in."
“A sense of peace in knowing you had the courage to try and take a step forward in finding a piece of your past.”
“Don't expect anything and you'll walk away with more than you could ever ask for.”
“Expect love and friendship - no fear because you are surrounded by people who want to genuinely help.”
“An experience that is unmatched by any other.”
“Connection! To your Korean identity, to KADs, to relatives, to new friends, etc.”
"Go into this tour with an open heart and an open mind, you will gain so much."