Application Guidelines for 2015 Overseas
Youth English Teaching Volunteer Service Winter Program in Taiwan
Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan) (OCAC)
Ministry of Education (MOE)
October 1 to October 20, 2014《Applications must be received by the registration offices on or before October 20》
The program will be held from Jan 27 to Feb 17, 2015. There are 35 volunteer spots available in this program. Volunteers will participate in training courses during the first week and teach English at one of various remote schools during the second and third weeks. Then, a tour of several areas of Taiwan will be conducted during the last three days.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPLICATION
（1）Applicants must be in the 11th grade or above at the time of application and between the ages of 17 and 25 (as shown on passport) by Nov 30, 2014.
（2）Applicants must currently reside in the Australia, New Zealand or South Africa area.
（3）Applicants should be in good health and English must be their native language.
（4）Applicants must be highly motivated and have basic communication skills of spoken Mandarin.
（5）Applicants have not participated in any AID Summer program before.
（1）Each participant will be arranged to serve at one of various remote schools after completing the training courses.
（2）Volunteers will teach English from Monday to Friday with a self-designed lesson plan.
（3）Meals will be comprised of mainly Chinese food.
（4）Accommodations: 4 to 6 people per room, separated by gender.
（5）Participants must serve for the entire duration of the program except 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 and comply with the regulations of the sponsors, the organizer and the participating schools.
Please apply through ROC Embassies, Missions, or Cultural Centers in the Australia, New Zealand or South Africa area (see the attachment for detailed addresses). Application forms can be obtained at the above offices or downloaded online at the OCAC website (www.ocac.gov.tw) / expatriate youth activities or the program website (www.aidsummer.net). Please submit the completed application package along with the required documents as detailed in “Application Procedures” to the above office nearest your current residence by Oct. 20, 2014.
Please submit the application package personally or by mail to the above offices.
（1）The following documents (the application package) must be submitted by mail to the Cultural Center nearest your permanent address:
a) Application form (see the attachment for a sample)
b) Internet Registration Sheet (print out the confirmation page after finishing online registration)
c) Signed General Regulations sheet (see the attachment)
d) A copy of the applicant’s passport, insurance card and birth certificate
e) A 1½ inch photo taken within six months of the date of submission adhered to the application form
f) Personal Data Consent Form and personal essay
g) Unofficial transcript (including all cumulative grades from the institute(s) of your highest level of education)and have your school mail an official transcript.
（2）The program’s online registration will be open starting January 28, 2014 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 online 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 registration office page for a list of detailed addresses. Do not mail the health form with your application package before you received an admission letter.
（3）Your admission status with the program will be posted to your online account on the website (www.aidsummer.net) around the end of March 2014. 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, 2014. 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 22 days. The participant should contact the nearby ROC Embassy, Mission or Cultural Office beforehand to apply for a proper visa. Visa Exempt Entry and Landing Visa are NOT appropriate for any stay over 30 days. The OCAC and program organizer should not be held responsible for any inconvenience that may be caused if the participant’s visa is overdue.
Admitted applicants cannot request specific hosting school assignments. 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.