Introduction What We Do. 

Teach North Korean Refugees is a nonprofit organization that aims to assist North Korean refugees in preparing for their future and transition to life outside of North Korea by providing them with free one-on-one English tutoring as well as private speech coaching. It is an organization based in Seoul, South Korea.


TNKR was founded in 2013 by its two co-directors,

Casey Lartigue, Jr. and Eunkoo Lee. The directors met at a human rights conference in 2012 and began exchanging ideas about the necessity for English education among North Korean refugees. In March of 2013, TNKR conducted its first volunteer "English Matching Session." Lartigue and Lee established two tracks for refugees: Track 1 for English language study, and Track 2 for public speaking. Track 3 Education and Employment project. TNKR became an official NGO in 2016 and is continuing to grow.


TNKR Global High School Union started in 2017.

TNKR high school global union volunteers keep education programs free for refugees by organizing fundraisers, host refugee-speaking contests and events, and participate in humanitarian conferences. Especially in the year 2019, the high school union held a fundraising video contest successfully.