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.
Hostel Work Exchanges
Many hostels use help exchange networks (see below) to find volunteer staff but the following either advertise on their websites or are particularly noted for taking on volunteers:
Do the small things right then you can achieve the big, say this Taipei hostel, who particularly value housekeeping as their most basic and most important daily work. If you have Working Holiday Visa they can provide a work for a free stay gig.
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. Self funding English speaking volunteers can apply here for internships. Tasks are most administrative, proofreading and translating.
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 Airbnb credit from us here.
The Opportunities of Travel: ‘Volunteering’ in Taiwan – Johnny Ward accepts an invitation to co-host a Thai TV reality travel documentary where he works as an furniture removalman and an English teacher in exchange for accommodation and food.
* not all these volunteer experiences are with grassroots NGOs or low cost organisations
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