The island nation of Taiwan, part of the Republic of China, has many great opportunities for foreign volunteers. With a diversity of landscapes and a mix of ancient and modern cultures throughout the country, there are many different types of available volunteer projects. Whether you’re interested in exploring the capital city of Taipei or volunteering in a rural area, there’s plenty of work for volunteers in Taiwan.
While Asia is one of the best people for those looking to teach English abroad, Taiwan itself is known for its teaching positions for foreigners. No experience is required to teach English, just an open-minded attitude! Learning English is especially important in Asia, a place where the global economy is ever-present. Any Taiwanese citizen who knows English is sure to have a brighter future.
Although Taiwan isn’t necessarily a poor country compared to others, it’s one of the most densely populated places where there is a large gap between the rich and the poor. Volunteers are needed to help improve the lives of the rural and underprivileged Taiwanese population. Lend a hand in any type of community development project from cultural understanding work, arts, and community support.
Planning Your Trip
Best Places to Volunteer
Experience the heart of Taiwan in the capital city of Taipei. The numerous temples and museums here offer great opportunities for volunteers to get involved in restoration, historical and cultural education, and more.
NGOs in Taiwan
There are many local grassroots organizations to volunteer with directly for the more experienced travelers. From well-known groups like WWOOF and the Make a Wish Foundation to smaller local ones that work with women’s empowerment and supporting democracy, there’s sure to be worthwhile NGOs in every industry. Check out WANGO for a full list of NGOs in Taiwan.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Taiwan:
There is little crime in Taiwan and tourists don’t have much to worry about besides common theft. Being careful on the road is much more important for travelers. Taiwanese drivers are known for being rude and reckless.
Natural disasters and wildlife are other safety issues to be aware of. MD Travel Health recommends some common vaccinations like typhoid, hepatitis, and yellow fever. Packing basic diarrhetic and stomach medicines are also recommended.
Volunteer Programs in Taiwan
Other Volunteer Programs in East Asia
Not enough options in Taiwan? Check out these other Volunteer Abroad programs in East Asia!
InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship
The InterExchange Foundation Christianson Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to young Americans who are passionate about helping communities abroad thrive and are eager to learn about the local culture. Fellows identify a project or an organization working on an issue they care about, and with the support of the Christianson Fellowship, contribute their skills and passion to that endeavor for at least six months on-location abroad. This intercultural experience is a meaningful way to help others, improve skills, and gain insight about another culture.
Rustic Pathways Scholarships
Every year, travel company Rustic Pathways give away $250,000 to students from across the world. Scholarships are varied and it's worth checking back in after they've been awarded as late-season scholarship redistribution -- where uncollected grants are reallocated to new applicants -- takes place a few months later. Among their scholarships, the most relevant to prospective volunteers are the following:
United Planet Service Scholarships
Several scholarships are available for those looking to volunteer for a short or long-term period abroad with the non-profit organization United Planet, who work with communities in over 35 countries around the world.