Kakao Corp – 2017 Mystery Bus Mini Season Looking for Applicants


Kakao Corp announced that the company is looking for applicants for Together with Kakao’s volunteering travels, “2017 Mystery Bus Mini Season: Twelve Earthly Branches.”

Korean students formed Mystery Bus in 2014, modeling the format after the “Do Good Bus” volunteering program from the US. The project is popular for its unusual platform, which is not disclosing any information regarding the volunteering prior to the exact date.

Mystery Bus has only been open to people in their 20’s and 30’s in the past, but starting from  the third edition  in 2017, it will be open to anyone over 20 years old.  During the project, participants of various ages will form the teams.

Mystery Bus 2017 (apply here) will accept applicants until August 20th, and will announce the selected 440 participants on August 21st.  The submission fee is KRW 15,000, and all profits will be donated to the project.

The selected 440 participants will meet at 10AM on September 2nd, at Yeoui-naru Station Exit 3.  The project will be held around Seoul – Gyeonggi area – and the participants will be briefed about the project just before the start and will proceed for 4 to 5 hours.

The participants will receive certificates and souvenirs for partaking in the project.

The Manager of the Social Impact Team commented, “Kakao will do its best to raise awareness and to promote volunteering and donating to society.”


Thomas Kim is a support staff member for a multinational law firm in DC. With a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, he is interested in startup policies and has been involved in a number of cases including a research role at the department of entrepreneurship at GWU. (Though he has no formal education in technology, he considers himself a self-taught mobile apps expert through his active use of various different dating apps.)


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