The ’17-’18 VOICE Missions trip is an 11 Month trip. We are looking for people with a passion for ministry, a love for children, and a willingness to serve. Please carefully read the following information before proceeding to the application page.
Program Schedule Overview
Depart for Taiwan. Once the teams arrive in Taiwan they will have about a week of training before leaving for their team assignments.
The teams arrive at their individual team stations. Most of our teams will start teaching within their first week.
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.
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.
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.
We usually hold our second VOICE Missions Retreat sometime in April.
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.
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.
The last of the VOICE Missions volunteers usually fly home by the last week of July.
TESOL Training = $200 - $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 TESOL page.
Discipleship Course = $99 - $199.
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.
What is provided for me?
Your sponsor will provide housing for you.
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 that their camps or schools 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. But 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.
What is a normal day like?
Normal days can vary from person to person and from location to location, but in general our volunteers work in their schools almost every weekday. Evenings and weekends are usually free for personal and ministry activities.
Is VOICE Missions the place for me?
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:
- Do I like working with children?
Volunteers with VOICE Missions work with children almost every day. Some of our volunteers teach over 1000 students over their 11 months of service.
- Am I OK with being immersed in a different culture?
The Taiwanese culture is vastly different from American culture. Americans living in Taiwan quickly learn that this culture does not have the same concepts about safety, privacy, and work/personal boundaries that the American culture has developed. As guests of this country we are expected to show deference to this culture and learn to accept these differences.
- Am I willing to limit some of my personal freedoms while living in Taiwan?
Working on a mission’s team will limit some of your personal freedoms. Are you willing to give of yourself and your time in order to invest in your team and in the people of Taiwan?
- Why do I really want to come?
List out all of the reasons why you want to come. Are these reasons good or bad? Make sure that you have good motivations for wanting to be involved in mission’s work.
If you are ready to apply for this VOICE Missions trip click on the button below to proceed:Apply for the '17-'18 VOICE Missions Trip
"This semester Christ has opened a door for me to use my love for soccer as a bridge to keep up with some of my former students. I'm blessed to be able to spend some of my weekends watching them at soccer practice, chatting with them on the bench, encouraging them when they get injured, cheering them on no matter what the score, or celebrating first place victories with them! I pray that not only lifetime memories will be made, but that they will experience the love of Christ and be drawn towards Him." Caroline from the Hualien team shared. She went on to add that, "At my school we have a new group of around 70 fourth grade students come through each week. This makes re-connecting with former students even more exciting. It also means that I end up knowing students from the majority of the soccer teams who show up for big competitions."