KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Learning Adventure 2019

KIS JeJu Taiwan Service Learning Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Service Learning at 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 St. Raphael Opportunity Centre, a modern and well-organized day care centre for children and adults with developmental disabilities ranging from moderate to severe. 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 Anping, 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 St. Raphael’s. The exact tasks we will perform will be confirmed closer to our departure, but may include assisting with daily activities or taking the residents out on an excursion. KIS students will work as team, collaborating with their fellow students and the staff and patients at St. Raphael’s, 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 at St. Raphael’s 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

This morning we’ll get an introduction to St Raphael’s and our work ahead. This incredible institute is a day care centre for children and adults with developmental and multiple disabilities of all ranges. The morning will be spent doing valuable service work at the centre (more details to follow). After lunch we’ll head to the old Dutch capital of An-Ping where we’ll explore old alleys, traditional temples, An-Ping Tree House and all the while learning about the deep traditions of this unique island. After sampling some famous local snacks and learning about the local art of Oyster fishing there’ll be some time to explore the traditional shops and market on An-Ping Old Street. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

After another morning of service learning we’ll head to Tainan and its charming old city. A short walking tour will take in some of the ancient lovely temples, Shennong Street and the Confucius Temple, the heart of the old city. Tonight we’ll dine at a traditional restaurant where we get the chance to sample some of the many local specialities famous to Tainan, including Coffin bread, Shrimp rolls and beggars noodles. Accommodation: Maple Plaza (or similar)

Meals:  B,L,D

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 3:55pm.

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 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

Upcoming Travel Dates



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