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Taiwan Gap Volunteer Program

As undergraduates prepare for graduate school and/or to begin professional careers, there usually is a ‘gap’ period of time when they can give of themselves in service to others.  This is a perfect opportunity to come to Taiwan to live out the Christian faith and participate in God’s Mission among the people of the world.

Maryknoll offers service opportunities for a period of six months to one year.  Arrangements also can be made for anyone who can serve for only three months.

Below you will find our Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQ) and a form if you have additional questions and would like to be contacted by the program’s coordinator.

Taiwan Gap Volunteer Program with Maryknoll

Frequently Asked Questions

Who would be an eligible volunteer?

a.    Recent college graduates

What is the application process?

a.    General Information Sheet
b.    Screening by personal interview or telephone
c.    Application Form
d.    2 Letters of Recommendation
e.    Background Check (costs covered by Maryknoll)
f.    Drug Testing (costs covered by Maryknoll)
g.    Risk Awareness and Travel Agreement
h.    Proof of U.S. medical insurance coverage

What is the length of service?

a.    6 months to 1 year
b.    Exceptions may be made for a 3 month program

What types of service opportunities are available?

a.    Ministry to Foreign Migrant Workers (counselor, mentor, teacher)
b.    Ministry for Gifted children and adults (social services)
c.    Mountain Ministry to indigenous communities
d.    Programs for Young Adults (ex. English teachers, Artists, musicians, computer training, etc.)
e.    Cross-cultural engagement (experience, exposure)

What are the accomodations?

a.    Men lodge at the Maryknoll House in Taichung City
b.    Women lodge at the Ugnayan Migrant Center in Tanzi, Taichung City

What language training and cultural exposure can I expect?

a.    Basic language studies in Taiwanese or Mandarin are offered at the Maryknoll Language School in Taichung City.
b.    Opportunities for travel within Taiwan to various temples and cultural sites will be available.

What are the visa requirements?

a.    US passport holders can stay for 3 months as tourists in Taiwan at no cost.  At the end of the 3 months they must leave the country.  Upon re-entry they are granted another 3 month tourist visa.  This usually entails a short plane trip to Hong Kong or the Philippines.

What are the health requirements?

a.    All volunteers must have U.S. medical insurance coverage and show proof of this at the time of application.  Maryknoll will add to this coverage with a policy that will cover emergency medical care in Taiwan and medical evacuation back to the U.S.
b.    All volunteers must be in general good health.

What costs can I expect on this volunteer opportunity?

a.    Maryknoll will cover room and board costs in Taichung City as well as local travel to and from the work site.
b.    Maryknoll will give a monthly stipend of $500 for personal needs and to cover the travel to Hong Kong or the Philippines at the end of each 3 month period for visa renewal.
c.    Maryknoll will pay for formal language studies at the language school.
d.    Volunteers are responsible for their round-trip air fare from the U.S.
e.    Volunteers are also responsible for their U.S. medical insurance payments.
f.    Maryknoll will pay for extra medical insurance coverage in Taiwan that will provide for emergency treatment and medical evacuation.

What are the health requirements?

a.    All volunteers must have U.S. medical insurance coverage and show proof of this at the time of application.  Maryknoll will add to this coverage with a policy that will cover emergency medical care in Taiwan and medical evacuation back to the U.S.
b.    All volunteers must be in general good health.

Taiwan Gap Volunteer Program

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