Thousands of Volunteers Unite for a Global Peace Event in South Korea

Volunteer Teams of Airport Guides, Drivers, Interpreters, Media, Medical, Security, and Installation Dedicated to the Safe and Successful International Event

A grand-scale peace event held in South Korea from September 18 to 20 witnessed stable operation and high participant satisfaction. Themed “Implementation of Multidimensional Strategies for Institutional Peace,” the world peace event, hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) with the contribution of 2,000 volunteers, welcomed over 800 global leaders from 121 countries representing diverse sectors, including politics, education, youth, women, media, and religion from around the globe.

At the heart of this grand occasion was the dedicated Airport Team, working tirelessly to ensure the smooth arrival and departure of participants. Their responsibilities ranged from issuing visas to ticketing, guaranteeing the safety of participants, and handling unforeseen flight disruptions. In their unwavering commitment to safety and order, they left no stone unturned to ensure a seamless airport experience for all.

The skilled drivers from the HWPL Convoy Team, another group of volunteers, undertook meticulous vehicle inspections to transport the participants with comfort and safety. Their professionalism and dedication left a lasting impression on visitors. The total distance driven by volunteer drivers during the event was approximately 800,000 km, equivalent to 20 trips around the globe.

Volunteer interpreters also played a vital role in facilitating communication during summit sessions. Their commitment to connecting communications ensured a meaningful experience for all involved.  “All of the 800 guests participating in over 30 sessions require interpretation. And all materials have to be translated into over 20 languages. Not only private organisations but also most national forums do not operate on such a large scale. Our HWPL interpretation and translation volunteers are carrying out this entire process,”  said a volunteer interpreter.

The broadcast media team, consisting of 208 volunteers, worked to capture and convey the essence of the summit to a global audience. “I believe that our videos serve as a powerful tool for spreading a culture of peace, making this event accessible to people around the world in various languages,” said a volunteer.

The medical department prepared a wide range of care, from emergency medicines to simple digestive medicines, for this event. They are all active doctors, oriental medicine doctors, and nurses, volunteering to contribute to peace. The team leader of the Medical Department explained, “Because it is an event held by a private organisation, many people do not know whether a medical team is prepared.” At the same time, he added that guest room visits for medical checks were also conducted.

All staff in the Security Department, responsible for the safety of personnel, are not professional security guards but volunteers made up of able-bodied men and women who have gathered for peace. In relation to this, the Deputy General Manager of the Security Department, said, “For the event, about 400 Security Department members received continuous education and training starting in March with actual simulations.”

The installation team was responsible for the critical infrastructure necessary to make the event a success. They handled electrical setups, stage installations, and maintenance throughout the event, ensuring a seamless experience for attendees.

“All of these volunteers, driven by their passion for peace, are working tirelessly to support the peace summit, and their unwavering commitment is truly remarkable. We HWPL would like to appreciate their dedication and hope that the government will support this peace movement,” said an HWPL official.

HWPL, a South Korea-based international peace NGO affiliated with the UN ECOSOC and the UN DGC, has carried out global peace movements for world peace and cessation of war since its foundation in 2013. South Korea recently faced challenges with the 2023 World Scout Jamboree, which had global participants and experienced management issues, leading to a government apology.

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