Nature of the project: I-lan children Center
Type of the project: (Kids/Cult/Social)
Starting & Ending Date: 25 Jul – 05 Aug
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
Yilan is surrounded by mountain and water all around and it is a place full of ecological resources and cultural characteristics. Earlier this place had to face many problems due to the lack of proper transportation system but with the introduction of national highway it has been found that the gap between the rural and the urban live has become smaller. This place is full of diverse features. The education system in this region is very vulnerable. Children in this region basically get into fishing and have got very limited access to proper education as a result many programs like summer after school programs are arranged to enrich those children lives. This project deals with the emphasis on teaching language, traditional handicrafts, painting etc. The volunteers will also need to accompany high school students on a 4 day hiking journey. In addition to the camp activities and the after school counseling activities that are conducted, the volunteers could also have time out to spend enjoying the scenic beauty of this place.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Tao-Yuan international Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Taiwan Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Taisi Painting and Construction) continuous.
Day 13: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Taiwan along with the group of participants of almost your own age. This will also help you to share your new experience with each other.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at Taiwan will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay either with a host family, in a project hostel, in a dormitory or in Yilan Children center/kind of dormitory. You will be served with 3 meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Taiwanese culture and lifestyle closely.