Sunday, January 1, 2017

Aid Summer

Overseas Youth English Teaching Volunteer Service Program

Official Site : 2017 Application
Organizer: Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Education
Facebook: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Official Program Objective: "The mission of Assisting Individual with Disadvantages (AID) is to provide various growth opportunities to youth through volunteer services either within the US or abroad in order to promote understanding of other cultures and the development of a wider worldview. In addition, by making such programs available, our organization strives to impart youth volunteers with the chance to engage in creative thinking and teamwork, to develop their leadership skills, and to learn new languages and cultures, all the while coming to recognize the happiness of helping others in need."

Program Eligibility:
"(1) Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 25 (as shown on passport) by November 30, 2017, 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 must be in good health.
(5) The applicant must be highly motivated and have basic communication capability of spoken Mandarin.
(6) The applicant must have never participated in any previous A.I.D Summer or Winter programs.
(7) The Hakka group participants must be recommended by authorized Hakka organizations.
(8) 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."

Number of Participants: "There are 440 volunteer spots available this year including a Hakka group for 70 descendants of Hakka people."

Program Duration: The 2018 AID summer program will be held between June 30 and July 28, 2018.

Cost: None. Meals, accommodations and transportation is provided by the program sponsors. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Taiwan.

Admission Difficulty: In past years, there have been about 1100 applicants for 350 positions.

Repeat Participants? Yes, but rare.

Application Window: The online application will be open in the first week of January and closed by the end of February.

Related Links:
Link : 2008 Taiwan Government Article
Link : 2008 Taipei Times Article
Link : 2016 Participant Video
Link : 2016 Participant Video


tAnYa said...

I attended the 2010 AID program- it was amazing! Highly recommended.
Admission difficulty- picked about 350 volunteers from an applicant pool of about 1100. Volunteers are allowed to apply again, but there are very few repeat volunteers- only about 6 this time around.

Anonymous said...

I attended it in 2010 also. It was honestly the best summer I ever had. So fun to both hang out with other program volunteers and the kids at the school too. The food in Taiwan was so good.

Anonymous said...

i went in 2008,2009 and it was the most amazing time. i heard theyre getting strict and its going downhill though. nothing will compare to having archie and mama leah there.

Anonymous said...

best summer of my lifee! highly recommended

Anonymous said...

I attended AID in 2010 and 2011. I had an amazing time both years! Teaching the kids was a fun and rewarding experience and I had a good time with the other volunteers.

It's technically very difficult to get in because, first and foremost, you're competing against other Asians who are just as intelligent and talented (maybe even more so) than you. But that doesn't mean that every person with stellar scores and a polished resume gets in because AID chooses people who can diversify the group.

and also, there were only 7 returning volunteers in 2011 (including myself).

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This is really good opportunity for the disabled children and also for the foriegners who can also take part in these summer camp programs. Very few summer camps are conducted for the disable children specially. I appreciate your efforts.

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