KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Learning Adventure 2019

KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Learning Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Service Learning at Hong Jia Sanctuary of Handicapped and St. Raphael's Opportunity Centre
  • Experience Tainan and shop at the markets
  • Return home with an insight into the history, culture and geography of Taiwan
  • Explore the deep traditions of Taiwan
  • Discover the old alleys and traditional temples of An-Ping
  • Water activities and adventure in Taijing National Park

Trip Summary

Taiwan holds East Asia's highest mountains, volcanic islands, hot springs, and a unique aboriginal culture. This itinerary explores some of this diversity as well as provides the opportunity for KIS students to contribute to the Hong Jia Sanctuary of Handicapped and St. Raphael Opportunity Centre, local centres for children and adults with developmental disabilities ranging from moderate to severe. Hong Jia provides day care for 170 mentally and physically challenged patients, 80% of whom are from low income families. They provide training both to facilitate patients in their daily lives and also to help them gain meaningful employment in a variety of fields including baking, farming, laundry, pottery and tea-making. Founded by a US Catholic sister in the 1970s, today St. Raphael’s treats 210 children and adults through education, therapy and work training from their wonderful project base by the seashore in An-ping, one of Taiwan’s oldest settlements.

Flying into Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport you will be met by your guide and transferred by private transport to Tainan, on the southwest coast. Tainan was once the island’s capital from 1683–1887 under the Qing dynasty. Today it’s known for its centuries-old fortresses and temples. We spend three full mornings serving the residents of Hong Jia Sanctuary of Handicapped and St. Raphael’s. KIS students will work as team, collaborating with their fellow students and the staff and patients, to gain first hand insight into the real practical and emotional challenges faced by developmentally challenged children and adults in Taiwan. In addition KIS students will have the opportunity to learn about Taiwanese culture and life, both through their interactions and through the extra-curricular program which will incorporate a wide range of topics including geography, history, religion and cuisine. In return students can share some of their Korean culture.


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.

Sample Itinerary

The flight departs Incheon at 4:20pm and arrives into Taipei at 6:15pm. Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport your group will be met by your World Youth Adventures leader before transferring south to Tainan (3.5 – 4 hrs). En route we will stop for dinner. Check into hotel. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar)

Meals:  D

Today, KIS students are introduced to Hong Jia Sanctuary of Handicapped in Tainan, an organization that provides day care for 170 mentally and physically challenged patients, 80% of whom are from low income families. They provide training both to facilitate patients in their daily lives and also to help them gain meaningful employment in a variety of fields including baking, farming, laundry, pottery and tea-making. Following the introduction, the KIS students break into six groups to attend the training classes with the patients, where they will both learn and assist. There will likely be two KIS to one Hong Jia student. This will include a cooking session where KIS will help and support the Hong Jia students to prepare and cook traditional pineapple cakes (a local specialty). The center has a very large kitchen and it is a chance for KIS and Hong Jia to chat and learn a little about each other. Following classes KIS students will conduct some cultural exchange sessions, providing the Hong Jia students with the opportunity to learn about another culture (something which they don’t get very often). KIS students can prepare an interactive presentation about specific aspects of the South Korean culture, for example a kimchi demonstration, traditional song or dance. Following this wonderful exchange, we enjoy a traditional lunch at a local nearby restaurant with our new friends. Following lunch we say goodbye to our Hong Jia friends for today, before setting off to explore an area of Anping called the Chikan Cutural Zone, famous for its high density of old traditional temples. Much learning will be done during this afternoons exploration. Students will be given a worksheet and fact file to complete as they discover the area. Students will be split into supervised groups and there will be prizes for the team to finish first. Please note the area is predominately pedestrianized and filled with small alleys and hidden shrines and temples. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar )

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we meet again with our friends from Hung Chai at Anping Old Fort where we take a walking tour with them, walking the streets of old Dutch capital of Anping to discover some of the ancient lovely temples. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students at Hong Jia to go on an outing and for the KIS students to help supervise and offer support to their new found friends. The Hong Jia kids will get the chance to show off their local knowledge and for KIS to learn about Taiwan’s colonial history. The fort is perched atop a hill and provides good vistas over the local area and also houses a small museum highlighting the colonial history of Tainan’s ancient capital. We will also participate in group activities, such as Sword Lion Painting. The ‘sword-lion’ is a local symbol usually seen above doorways throughout Anping representing protection and guarding the houses in the area and has become a symbol for the area. We will see these everywhere we go and all students will then get the chance to paint their own (with the KIS students helping the Hong Jia kids) giving them something to take home at the end of the trip. This afternoon we bid farewell to our friends from Hong Jia, before visiting An-Ping Tree, an old traditional building over taken by giant banyan tree roots – think Angkor Wat, all the while learning about the deep traditions of this unique island. We will also visit the locals famous for their oyster farming. We will get the chance to see how oysters are cultivated, harvested and prepared for market before sampling the local delicacy of oyster omelettes. Oyster fishing is an age-old art here and an essential part of the local economy. There will then be some free time to shop along the old traditional market street filled with local handicrafts, tasty food stalls and traditional shops. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we visit St. Raphael’s Opportunity Centre to partake in service. In the morning we are introduced to the centre as well as the students before participating in language exchange as well as song and dance exchange. We will then help the center by providing them with our services to clean the surrounding area (both inside the center and out) – sweeping, washing, cleaning, all a valuable contribution to the center and something that they desperately need help with as finances are used for more pressing matters and they request for volunteers to help with such activities. Not only is this a valuable contribution to the center but it is a great opportunity for residents of St Raphael's to interact with their new foreign friends. Following this morning service activities we bid farewell to St Raphael’s and will spend the afternoon kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding in the wetlands around Taijing. We’ll also get a chance to see large numbers of migratory birds and the near-by ‘salt-mountains’. A final dinner will bring this incredible journey to a close. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

An early morning transfer will take you back to Taipei in time for your return flight to Incheon at 12:25pm, arriving in Incheon at 3:50pm

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners and drinking water
  • Expert English speaking guides with full safety equipment for all activities listed
  • Accommodation on twin share bases
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and access to activities
  • A group donation of USD$4000 to be made to the Hong Jia Sanctuary of Handicapped and St. Raphael Opportunity Centre. Closer to departure we will be able to specify how the donation will be spent.
  • Detailed Pre Departure Information kit to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • International flights from Korea to Taiwan return
  • 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)
  • Travel Insurance


Duration:5 Days
Starting Point:Taoyuan International Airport. From 30 Students
Activities:Service Learning
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5557

KIS Students 2019 at Hong Chia Home Taiwan |  <i>KIS</i>

Day 01

Date: 11 March 2019

Location: Tainan

Activity: Arrive in Taipei and drive to Tainan

Weather: Low of 14 / High of 20 degrees Celsius. Partly Cloudy

Local guides comments: arrived safety in Taipei and drove to Tainan and to hotel for sleep.

KIS Students 2019 at Hong Chia Home Taiwan |  <i>KIS</i>

Day 02

Date: 12 March 2019

Location:  Tainan

Activity:  Hong Chia Home service.

Weather: 17 – 23C. Partly cloudy.

Local guides comments:  The group went to Hong Chia Home for long-term care of those with disabilities. The children engaged in activities with the adult residents. First, the children learned how to make pineapple cakes, which was instructed by the residents. In the afternoon we had a temple treasure hunt and walking tour where the students had to cooperate to complete a set of tasks.

Destination Leaders comments: Laughs and dance moves were shared by interacting with the residents. Even though there was a language barrier, the students had a beautiful experience learning about kindness by bonding over activities such as dance, art and sport.


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Day 03

Date: 13 March 2019

Location:  Tainan, Taiwan

Activity:  This morning, KIS students and Hong Cha residents had a field trip around Anping, north of Tainan city. Due to inclement weather, we visited the sausage museum. The students paired with the residents and showed them around the museum. Then we transferred to the painting house and learned about the cultural and historic meaning of the famous sword lion. In the afternoon, we had walking tour around Anping and sampled the famous shrimp crackers.

Weather:  17- 26 degrees Celsius, Partly Cloudy.

Local guides comments: 

Pairing up the students with the care-home residents and forming "buddy groups" while visiting the museum and partaking in the arts and crafts activities provided a very rich and very personal interaction between them. It was touching to see the students care for the residents and enjoy helping them and seeing them have such a great time. It was a difficult good-bye after these two days but the memories will remain in their hearts!


Taiwan Service Trip 2019 |  <i>KIS</i>

Day 04

Date: 14 March 2019

Location:  Tainan, Taiwan

Activity: Today the group went to visit different care centres at St Raphael. The students were paired with the kids and played games. Then students took the developmentally challenged kids to clean the streets and brought them back to their classroom. They assisted and helped to prepare the lunch for kids. In the afternoon, the group went kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Weather:  18- 24 degrees Celsius, Sunny.

Local guides comments: KIS students had an extraordinary performance at St Raphael’s! The little kids were delighted and both them and the KISJ students learned a lot from this joyful time they shared.

Destination Leaders comments: Our last day at St Raphael’s was such a meaningful day for KISJ students, practicing care and empathy. The connections they developed with their new friends will stick with them forever.