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MOSAIC TOUR APPLICATION
Thank you for your interest in the Mosaic Tour. All sections of this form must be completed in order to process your application.
Upon acceptance to the Mosaic Tour, a $250 non-refundable deposit will be required to reserve your spot on the tour. All applicants will be notified of their status by January 16, 2016.
ATTENTION: The application for the Mosaic Tour is extensive. Please review the application before completing it. There are required files that will need to be uploaded. It is recommended that you have this information completed before you begin. Please see
section for details.
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Why does this specific trip appeal to you?
Date of Birth
Example: December 15, 2016
I am a U.S. citizen
If other, what country are you a citizen of?
Do you have children? If yes, what are their ages?
How did you hear about this tour? Check all that apply
Past tour participant
If you selected friend or past tour participant, please provide their name:
Korean Name (if known)
Have you reunited with your birth family?
How old were you when adopted?
Are you interested in a birth family search?
Birth City (if known)
Adoption Agency in Korea (if known)
Have you visited Korea before?
If yes, when did you go and what was the nature of your trip?
If you have searched for birth family, what efforts have you made?
Would you like to visit the place of your birth/where you were found?
We request a letter of reference to help us process your application. The reference letter should include the following: Relationship to you (i.e. family, friend, co-worker), how long they've know you, and why they would recommend you for this trip.
Upload reference letter here
Max file size: 20MB
The bio should be 500 words in length and include the following: Introduction (Occupation, marital status, adoptive family, family, etc), Pre-adoption story (share what you know about your time in Korea - birth family, foster family, where you lived, etc), and share what you hope to accomplish by attending the tour. If you are selected for the tour, this biography will be used in the Mosaic Tour brochure. The brochure is distributed to share adoptee stories and assist with birth searches.
Here is an example biography... "My name is Jill Marie Pfenning and I am 39 years old. I live in South Burlington, Vermont, and I am the general counsel (in-house lawyer) for a startup company that delivers compressed natural gas to companies that are not on the natural gas pipeline. I was born in Taegu, Korea, sometime in January 1974. I was found by a police officer around midnight on February 2, 1974, left on the doorstep of a wealthy family in Taegu. The police officer brought me to the White Lily Orphanage, where the nuns who ran the orphanage gave me a name: Yang Ji Sook (the surname Yang was the same as the police officer who found me). I stayed in the orphanage until September 1974, when I came to the U.S. to be adopted by a family in Vermont; I lived with that family for about six months until the parents decided to get a divorce. I was sent to a foster family then, and ultimately adopted in April 1975 by my adoptive parents, Christine and Bernard Pfenning, who also live in Vermont. They had another adopted Korean daughter, my older sister Amy, who was about one year older than me. I grew up in Richmond, Vermont, and lived there until I left to go to college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, I studied psychology, women’s studies, mathematics, music, and architecture, and ultimately graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art. After college I moved to New York City, where I became a high school math and science teacher at a private school. I left New York in 1999 to live in Korea for a year—I was an English teacher through the Fulbright Program in Korea and taught English at Sunduk Girls’ Vocational High School in Kyongju. There, I taught classes of 50 students English for one year and lived with a host family. I also had the opportunity to travel all over Korea and to study traditional Korean music—I learned to play the danso and taegum, two types of traditional Korean flute. While I was in Korea, I conducted a search for my birthparents, appearing on television in Taegu on the local news and on the national KBS-1 program Achim Madang (I also appeared simultaneously in a documentary for Ingan Kukchang on KBS-2). Although I did meet a family that thought I was their long-lost daughter, the DNA test was negative and they were not my birth family. I returned to Vermont after Korea and continued to teach high school mathematics. In 2004, I entered law school at Vermont Law. I graduated in 2007 and clerked for a federal judge in Vermont for one year before moving to Washington, DC, to work at an international law firm there. I worked at that law firm for four years; in the fourth year, I volunteered at Camp Rice and got connected with ASIA, Inc., as well as the adult adoptee community in DC. It has been a great experience working with ASIA and getting to know all the amazing adoptees. I believe that part of my journey as an adoptee includes serving as a mentor to younger adoptees. In October of last year, I left my job in DC to return to Vermont."
Upload biography here
Max file size: 20MB
Statement of Understanding
By applying for this tour, I understand that the following may be requested from me in order for Me & Korea to assist me with my birth family search and to help increase awareness of the Korean adoptee community: adoption records, various waivers (i.e. photo, file review, DNA test), personal pictures, adoption related items, and/or a recorded video introduction. I also understand that if I am accepted as a tour member, a non-refundable $250 deposit will be required to reserve my spot on the tour.
Acknowledgement of Statement of Understanding
Yes, I have read the above statement, understand it, and am willing to comply as needed.
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