Maryknoll Taiwan 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.
Who would be an eligible volunteer?
a. While preference is for recent college graduates, we welcome volunteers up to the age of 70 provided they are in good health
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. Programs for Young Adults (ex. English teachers, Artists, musicians, computer training, etc.)
d. Cross-cultural engagement (experience, exposure)
What are the accomodations?
Lodging options are at the Ugnayan Migrant Center in Tanzi, Taichung City or at an apartment rented by Maryknoll.
What language training and cultural exposure can I expect?
a. Basic language studies in Taiwanese or Mandarin are offered at a local university.
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.
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 pay for formal language studies at a local university.
c. Volunteers are responsible for their round-trip air fare from the U.S.
d. Volunteers are also responsible for their U.S. medical insurance payments.
For any questions please take a look at our frequently asked questions.
If you have further questions
Contact Fr. Mike
Fr. Michael J. Snyder is the Coordinator for Maryknoll’s Short Term Volunteer Mission, Immersion, and Study Programs. Fr. Mike can give you basic information and get you started. He will then get you in contact with the on-site coordinator for the program of your interest. Please take a moment to fill out this simple form.