KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Adventure 2018

KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Adventure 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Service Learning at the New Dawn Centre & with Sweet Potato Mama
  • Kayak on the glassy waters of Liyu Lake
  • Canyoning/river tracing down the spectacular Taroko Gorge
  • Hiking Taroko Gorge
  • Visit Qingshui Cliffs
  • Experience Taipei and shop at the Night Markets
  • Return home with an intimate insight of the history, culture and geography of Taiwan

Trip Summary

Following four years of successful KIS Service Adventures in Taiwan, this year we have further refined the itinerary to maximise the service work that the students will partake in and to make the most of the beautiful natural setting of Taroko Gorge and the exciting adventure activities it offers.

Taiwan holds East Asia's highest mountains, volcanic islands, hot springs, and a unique aboriginal culture. This adventurous itinerary explores some of this diversity as well as provides the opportunity for KIS students to contribute to the New Dawn Centre, a home for people with developmental disabilities as well as another NGO in Taipei called Sweet Potato Mama.

Flying into Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred by private transport to Hualien, on the rugged Pacific East Coast. Our adventure begins on picturesque Liyu Lake where we’ll divide into two groups for the chance to hike in the surrounding hills, and to kayak on the lake’s glimmering waters. Following a day of fun, our focus for the next two days turns to providing service to the residents at the New Dawn Centre. Our objective is to be companions and help in the care of the residents at the centre as well as taking them on sightseeing outing in the local area. We then base ourselves at the iconic Taroko Gorge, the world’s deepest marble gorge, where we spend a full morning exploring the river by a highly rewarding river tracing activity which is sure to challenge all participants. We also take a walk through this beautiful gorge. Our last day in Taiwan is spent in Taipei where we work alongside marginalised single mothers, helping to sell sweet potato snacks from their street stalls. This service work supports the local NGO called Sweet Potato Mama. We transfer to the airport for the flight home.

Suitability

This trip is rated as Adventure Touring level. Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be.

Itinerary

After many months of preparing and planning, your Taiwan Service Adventure has begun. On arrival in Taoyuan International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred by private coach transport to Hualien (4-5hr drive) on Taiwan's rugged Pacific East Coast. Hualien is a small city, and is home to a large indigenous Taiwanese community. The hotel is located nearby the service learning location and will be our base for the next four nights. In the evening we’ll have a full briefing to discuss the week ahead then have a celebratory welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodation: Astar Hotel

Meals:  D

Today we’ll head south to picturesque Liyu Lake where we’ll divide into two groups for the chance to hike in the surrounding hills, and to kayak on the lake’s glimmering waters. Liyu is the largest lake in eastern Taiwan. The name of lake originates from the Liyu Mountain beside the lake. Every year around April in the evening, thousands of fireflies flash above the lake, making the whole lake shimmer with light. Accommodation: Astar Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The New Dawn Educare Centre offers assistance to developmentally challenged people in Hualien city. We will first meet with the staff from the centre who will tell us more about the facility and undertake a thorough briefing and tour of the facilities. The New Dawn Educare Centre was founded by the Menonites forty years ago (their anniversary is 2016) and it currently serves about 130 resident and daycare individuals ranging in age from 12 to 59 years old, although they can accommodate children as young as 6. They operate a range of classes (reading, drawing, needlework, gardening) and also have dormitories and an on site medical facility. Fees are collected based on the ability to pay, and they have a variety of fundraising methods including a shop, and a farm where residents can work and build up their skills to then find independent employment. Over the course of the next two days at New Dawn each KIS student will be a companion to one of the residents of New Dawn, helping to care for the resident, assisting with day-today activities like lessons and eating meals. We will also take residents on on a sightseeing outing in the local area. Down time will include a visit to a nearby beach. Each afternoon we will return to the hotel where there will be time for rest and reflection. In the evening we’ll visit a local night market for a chance to sample some local delicacies. The centre has also specified the following dress and behavior codes: no shorts, slippers (or sandals), camisole or singlet tops and no cellphones. These will be enforced. Accommodation: Astar Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we’ll continue with our companion work at New Dawn Educare Centre, before stopping for the closing ceremony and the chance to say goodbye to our new found friends, before leaving for Taroko, the world’s deepest marble gorge, and our base for the next two nights. Accommodation: Taroko Youth Activity Center - dormitory style

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we’ll drive south to a stunning valley where we’ll river trace our way up a beautiful mountain stream, with the chance to swim, rock jump and maybe spot wildlife along the way. The group will be split into two for this fun activity. This activity has been a real highlight for previous KIS groups. After a detailed safety briefing, we’ll navigate our way along a stunning mountain stream braving waterfalls, small rapids and scrambling up and over rocks which is all part of the fun and adventure! Helmets and PFD's are supplied. Please wear comfortable hard wearing sneakers suitable for getting wet. After lunch we’ll head back to Taroko, stopping at the Visitors Centre to get some background to the gorge, its flora, fauna and the people who have made their home here, before returning to our hotel. Accommodation: Taroko Youth Activity Center - dormitory style

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we’ll take a short hike on our way out of the gorge, before making the transfer back to Taipei. En route we’ll stop at breathtaking Qingshui Cliffs, the subject of many postcards and paintings. In the evening we’ll head to one of the city’s night markets for some snacks and shopping time. Accommodation: Chiantan Youth Activity Centre - dormitory style

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we’ll participate in a valuable local charity activity – helping single mothers sell sweet potatoes on the streets of Taipei. The sweet potato is an important symbol of Taiwanese cuisine, and the Sweet Potato Mamas serve up that tradition from their street stalls of Taipei. Breaking off into small groups each students becomes a vendor for the morning, helping to sell the sweet potatoes and getting to know the mamas as they teach you how to roast sweet potatoes. From here we’ll transfer to the airport in time for your return flight home.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners and drinking water
  • Expert English speaking guides with full safety equipment for all activities listed
  • Accommodation on twin, triple, quad, 6-bed share basis
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and access to activities
  • National Park and all sight entrance fees
  • A group donation of USD$4000 to be made to New Dawn Educare Centre. In 2017 the donation was used to provide much needed new audio-visual equipment, whilst in 2016 it funded “Dr Dog” a program which has given residents a new best friend and valuable therapeutic benefit. We are in discussion as to the best use for the 2018 donation.
  • Detailed Pre Departure Information kit to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • International flights from Korea to Taiwan return
  • Any meals not included
  • Bottled water or aerated drinks beyond what is supplied at meal times
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Tips - USD$15.00 approx per student (not compulsory)

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Taiwan
Starting Point:Taoyuan International Airport. From 40 Students
Activities:Service Learning
Canyoning/River Tracing
Trekking
Flat water kayaking
Adventure Touring
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4853
Prices From:USD$1530