Application Guidelines for 2013 Overseas
Youth English Teaching Volunteer Service Program in Taiwan
Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission (Taiwan) (OCAC)
Ministry of Education (MOE)
February 1 to February 28, 2013《Applications must be received by the registration offices on or before March 1》
The program will be held from June 30 to July 27 2013. There are 350 volunteer spots available this year. Volunteers will participate in training courses during the first week then teach English at one of various remote schools during the second and third weeks. A tour of various areas of Taiwan will be conducted during the last week.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPLICATION
（1）Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 27 (as shown on passport) by November 30, 2013, and must currently reside in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or Belize.
（2）Applicants must currently be in 11th grade or higher; applicants in higher grades of study will be preferred.
（3）English must be the applicant’s native language.
（4）The applicant should be in good health.
（5）The applicant must be highly motivated and have basic communication capability of spoken Mandarin.
（6）The program is recommended for applicants of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, but some openings are available for non-expatriate youths who are advocates of Taiwan.
（1）Each participant will be arranged to serve at one of various remote schools after completing the training courses.
（2）Program participants will be assisting elementary or junior high school students at these schools.
（3）The volunteers will teach English with a self-designed lesson plan.
（4）Meals will be comprised of mainly Chinese food.
（5）Accommodations: 4 to 6 people per room, separated by gender.
（6）Participants must serve for the entire duration of the program with exceptions made for health complications or other unexpected conditions. OCAC will issue a certificate of 80 service hours printed both in Chinese and English to those who have finished the whole program.
（7）Participants are required to submit a reflection essay at the end of the program. OCAC will reward a memorial program DVD to those who submit their reflections and revise their original teaching plans.
Please apply through Taipei Economic and Cultural / Representative Offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa and Belize or their affiliated Cultural Centers (see the attachment for the detailed addresses). Application forms can be obtained at the above offices or downloaded online at the website of OCAC / expatriate youth activities (www.ocac.gov.tw) or the program website (www.aidsummer.net). Please submit the completed application package, the application form including other required documents as detailed in “Application Procedures”, to the above office nearest your permanent address by March 1, 2013.
Submit the application package personally or by mail
（1）The following documents (the application package) must be submitted by mail to the address in (3):
Application form (see the attachment for a sample)
Internet Registration Sheet (print out the confirmation page after finishing online registration)
Signed General Regulations sheet (see the attachment)
A copy of the applicant’s health insurance card
A copy of the applicant’s passport and birth certificate
A 1½ inch photo taken within six months of the date of submission adhered to the application form
（2）Have your school mail your official transcript including all cumulative grades from the institute(s) of your highest level of education to the following address sometime before submitting your application package: The Volunteer Program, 9443 Telstar Avenue, El Monte, CA 91731, U.S.A.
（3）The program’s online registration will be open starting January 28, 2013 at the website (www.aidsummer.net). The applicant should create an account online to fill in personal information and upload an autobiography or essay, a copy of transcript, a personal photo, and a copy of the completed application form. After completing the registration procedures, print out the portfolio page (Internet Registration Sheet) and submit it with the above mentioned documents as part of the application package to the Taipei Economic and Cultural / Representative Offices or one of the affiliated Cultural Centers nearest your permanent address. See the attachment for a list of detailed addresses.
（4）Your admission status with the program will be posted to your online account on the website (www.aidsummer.net) around the end of March 2013. Those admitted should confirm attendance of the program online, then, within the next 14 days, have their family doctor complete the Health Form included here, upload a copy of the signed certificate onto their account, and mail the original to the same Taipei Economic and Cultural / Representative Offices or Cultural Center where the application package was sent. If the applicant decides not to participate in the program, he/she should log in to the website and mark “Decline” in his/her personal account as early as possible. Those who decide to participate are required to provide their arrival flight information online with a copy of purchased airline ticket and submit a request for airport pick-up if necessary, before May 15, 2013. The conditional admission may be withdrawn without the required information uploaded on time.
* For the duration of the program, the sponsors will pay for the meals, accommodations and group transportation in Taiwan. The sponsors will also provide NT$4,000,000 travel insurance and NT$400,000 medical insurance.
* The participant must pay the following expenses:
（1）Round-trip air fares from the country of residence to Taiwan.
（2）Personal medical expenses exceeding the insurance’s coverage.
（3）Accommodation and other expenses if the participant arrives earlier or leaves later.
The program will last for 28 days. The participant should contact the nearby Taipei Economic and Cultural / Representative Offices beforehand to apply for a proper visa. Visa Exempt Entry and Landing Visa are NOT appropriate for any stay over its maximum duration allowance depending on their passport. The OCAC and program organizers should not be held responsible for any inconvenience that may be caused if the participant’s visa is overdue.
Admitted applicants can not request specific hosting school assignments and must not take break or leave the program for visiting relatives, friends, or personal matters. The program sponsors have the right to withdraw certificates of volunteer service if volunteers do not fully participate in all activities assigned in the first three weeks, follow the hosting school’s rules, and/or fulfill their responsibilities to the program. Exceptions will be made in cases of emergency and/or hospitalization.