Free (or Cheap) Volunteer Work in Taiwan
Recent changes made by the Ministry of Labor have expanded the scope of unpaid volunteer work that foreign nationals can do in Taiwan without a work permit.
Grassroots Volunteering in Taiwan
The organisations listed below have either got in touch with us to add their details to this or another of our websites, or we otherwise have reason to believe they are actively looking for international volunteers and charge reasonable or no fees to join in, live and work with them:
At their rescue centre volunteers can help with the regular routine of walking dogs, playing with cats, feeding, washing, and giving any medicine to the animals. There are also office and technical roles.
Accommodation & Costs: Volunteers should be self funding.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer in Taiwan
Through its shelters and counselling centres across the island, The Garden of Hope Foundation helps disadvantaged girls and young women, especially girls caught in the sex industry, survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and survivors of human trafficking. English speaking volunteers who can spare a few hours proofreading and translating are welcomed.
As Chloe and Tim relate on their blog (see Volunteer Experiences below) a hostel called SPOT in Zhunan, on the northwestern coast of Taiwan, is open to work exchanges. They even mention a working holiday on their website but the invitation in English to read more only leads to a page of Chinese writing.
Help Exchange Networks in Taiwan
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free in Taiwan
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). You can also get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.
Painting on the Beach: Hostel Work Exchange - Chloe and Tim responded to a note pinned on the board of another hostel and ended up working at Spot as Chloe relates on her Yakbrother blog.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations
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