Steep mountains and lush forests beckon volunteers to Taiwan’s sunny shores. One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Taiwan is an island nation the size of the combined land area of US states Maryland and Delaware. 23 million people make up this friendly but crowded country. Volunteers who want an urban experience but love the wild, tropical outdoors were made for this place. The Taiwanese people are divided politically between those who want reunification with China and those who continue to support Taiwanese independence. Taiwan has a history of being claimed by world powers – first settled by pacific islanders, migration from China began in the 15th century, and centuries of occupation by the Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and then Chinese followed. Taiwan’s origins as an agricultural nation still shine as good food, great variety, and even night markets abound.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Taiwan, you will be hosted by ICYE Taiwan, ICYE’s partner organization here. ICYE Taiwan was established in 1992 and has more than 1,000 volunteers who serve and share in cross-cultural experiences.
Volunteer with children and youth from underprivileged families by organizing games, creating workshops, and assisting them with their homework while instilling in them the importance of education.
Work with children and adults living with a variety of disabilities. Your assistance will help them develop personal skills that allow them to become less dependent on others. Tasks can range from helping with academic work, to teaching vocational education topics, to physical and language therapy.
Work in a nursing home and help create a joyful environment for older individuals. Your duties will include spending time with with the residents in conversation, reading or playing games, and assisting during meal times and activities, such as music, reading, and outdoor activities.
Yanshuei’s Beehive Fireworks Festival is one of the largest festivals not only in Taiwan, but in the world. Firecrackers and lanterns are lit to celebrate a tradition that was started in the late 1800s where people of Yanshuei would light firecrackers to rid the city of disease.
Go hiking through the mountains on the outskirts of the city, or visit historic landmarks like the Lungshan Temple and see the statue of Kuan-in, which was the only thing in the temple that wasn’t destroyed in the allied bombing of Taipei on June 8, 1945.
Take Taiwan’s high-speed rail service to travel throughout the country. It is one of the safest and easiest ways to travel, and you can go to places such as Taichung and Tainan. It is an amazing experience to ride the high-speed rail service because it is a remarkable technological development in Taiwan and it helps to connect a large percentage of its population.
See and learn how the rare rock formations in the Geo park were formed. The park is a very popular environmental landmark because of how beautiful and uncommon these rock formations are. There are three areas for visitors to explore and each contains rocks that were formed through different environmental events.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$8,995||$12,295||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$8,995||$12,295||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.