LATE AUGUST - Depart for Taiwan. Once the teams arrive, they will have about a week of training before leaving for their team assignments.
EARLY SEPTEMBER - The teams arrive at their individual team stations. Most of our teams will start teaching within their first week.
NOVEMBER - By this time, the teams have been serving for over two months. New team members are generally pretty accustomed to the teaching schedule. At some point during this month we usually hold the first VOICE Missions Retreat – a weekend where all the teams come together for a time of fellowship and encouragement.
LATE JANUARY - The first semester of school ends this month and the Chinese New Year vacation begins. This vacation is usually 2-3 weeks long. Many VOICE Missions volunteers take this time to travel to surrounding countries, work on local ministries, or relax and prepare for the upcoming semester.
MID FEBRUARY - The second semester starts mid to late February. At this point, if the sponsors request, we sometimes recruit a few more volunteers to help out with the spring workload.
APRIL - We usually hold our second VOICE Missions Retreat sometime in April.
LATE JUNE - The school semester usually ends the last week of June. At this point, the sponsor may choose to send some volunteers back early, but many of the volunteers need to stay for summer camps.
JULY - There are usually 2-3 weeks of summer camps during the month of July. Sometimes volunteers from multiple teams work together to facilitate these camps.
TESOL TRAINING = $80. - $400.
There are many different options for TESOL training, but most online 60+ hour courses cost between $200.-400. For more information about TESOL training visit our Requirements page.
DISCIPLESHIP COURSE = $99 - $119.
All our new volunteers are required to complete the Rise Up discipleship course. This course will provide you with discipleship training and accountability throughout your first few months in Taiwan. For more information visit www.riseupdiscipleship.com.
BACKGROUND CHECK = $25. - $50.
Since you will be working with young children, we require a background check before joining the program. The cost of this screening varies state by state, but the price is usually between $25.-$50.
TAIWANESE VISA FEES = $200.
Because you will be staying in Taiwan for 11 months you will need a visa. The initial visa application costs $160. and secure shipping to the Taiwanese embassy will cost about $40.
FLIGHT DEPOSIT = $1000.
All new VOICE Missions applicants are required to make a $1000. flight deposit. If you demonstrate good character and fulfill your responsibilities this money will be returned to you at the end of your first semester. But if we need to send you home early, this deposit will be used to reimburse your sponsor for your travel expenses.
Housing on or near the CEI will be provided for each VOICE Missions volunteer.
A LIVING STIPEND
You will be provided with a monthly living stipend. This stipend will be enough to cover your personal living expenses while you are in Taiwan.
After arriving in Taiwan, you will receive some training to prepare you for your time serving in Taiwan.
Your sponsor expects that you will be a responsible and professional adult. Even though you are serving as a volunteer, your sponsor will expect the same level of professionalism that they expect from their hired staff. This means that when you are volunteering at their school you will need to whole heartedly participate and treat all the staff and students with respect.
VOICE MISSIONS EXPECTATIONS
VOICE Missions has many similar expectations to the sponsors. On top of these expectations, we also recognize that you are here for more than simple volunteer work – you are here to represent Christ. We expect all of our volunteers to demonstrate the character of Christ, abide by VOICE Missions’ rules, and work well with their team members.
Making the decision to go into missions work should not be taken lightly. During the 11 month trip you will likely face many difficulties as you work and minister in a different culture. Below are some questions to ask yourself before making the decision to come: