Taiwan KIS Jeju Service Learning Adventure 2017

Taiwan KIS Jeju Service Learning Adventure 2017

Trip Highlights

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

Trip Summary

Most people's first thoughts of Taiwan are of cheap electronics, the bright lights, skyscrapers and bullet trains, yet the KIS Jeju Service Learning Taiwan Adventure aims to show you the remote wilderness side of the country whilst incorporating a strong element of sustainable and ethical Service work.

Building on from three previous successful KIS Service adventures to Taiwan we have revised the itinerary so as to increase the service time as well as the opportunity to explore the great outdoors.

Taiwan holds East Asia's highest mountains, volcanic islands, hot springs, and a unique aboriginal culture. This adventurous journey allows time to explore some of this diversity as well as giveback to the residents of the New Dawn Centre, a home for people with developmental disabilities.

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. Here you will spend three nights and conduct 2.50 days service work improving the facilities for the residents and building relationships. Saying goodbye to your new found friends we transfer to nearby to Liyu Lake where we’ll have the chance to kayak on its glassy waters.

We then base ourselves at the iconic Taroko Gorge where you will spend a full day out exploring the mountain trails on a guided full day trek and then the rivers by a highly rewarding river tracing activity which is sure to challenge all participants. Our last night in Taiwan will be spent in Taipei where we spend the evening at one of the city’s famous night markets before an airport transfer takes you to the airport the following day.

This is a Service Learning adventure to get excited over! Come along so as to develop new skills, make new friends and give something back to the residents of the New Dawn Centre!


After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Taiwan Service Learning adventure the departure day has finally arrived! 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. 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 Incheon-Taipei: 2017.03.19 / 14:00 15:35 / OZ713 (Asiana Airlines) Flights subject to change

Meals:  D

We will drive the short distance to New Dawn Educare Centre where you will be guaranteed of a warm welcome and appreciation for the work about to get underway. The New Dawn Educare Centre offers assistance to disabled people in Hualien city and we plan to help with caring for the residents and to engage in a meaningful works project over the following two and half days. 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. Due to the large group size they propose that we divide the KIS group into three separate groups which will rotate through the centre. These will be the farm (a 30-minute drive away), the main facility, and a smaller group at one of their affiliate shops. The group will be divided into three smaller work teams and each assigned separate tasks. 5~10 volunteers (with teachers) to Shelter Factory (or shop) 10~15 volunteers (with teachers) to New Dawn Educare Center 20~25 volunteers (with teachers) to Sunny Farm The group at the main facility will be assisting residents in classes and with day-today activities like lessons and eating meals. Those at the farm would be working with the residents employed there, and at the shop assisting the staff and residents. There will be no access to ladders or power tools and we encourage participants to wear suitable footwear and take care if lifting heavy items. The centre has also specified the following dress and behavior codes: no shorts, slippers (or sandals), camisole or singlet tops & no cellphones. These will be enforced. Down time will include a visit to a nearby beach and the chance to sample delicious local snacks including sticky rice moji! Each afternoon we will return to the hotel where there will be time for rest and reflection. Accommodation: Astar Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

We’ll head to New Dawn one last time for a closing ceremony and chance to say goodbye to the residents and staff. After lunch we’ll head south to picturesque Liyu Lake where we’ll hike around the lake and then have the chance to kayak on its glimmering waters. After our time at the lake we’ll leave 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 back out through the gorge and south to a stunning valley where we’ll have the opportunity to river trace our way up a beautiful mountain stream, with the chance to swim, rock jump and maybe spot wildlife along the way. This is a fun and challenging yet very safe and structured activity which has been a real highlight from 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 some 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 hostel. 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, subject of many a postcard and painting. In the evening we’ll head to one of the city’s nightmarkets for some snacks and shopping time. Accommodation: Chiantan Youth Activity Centre - dormitory style

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning at the suitable we will transfer to Taoyuan International Airport by bus to connect with your return flight home. Upon arrival at the airport all services conclude, however the memories will last a lifetime. NB. The itinerary is subject to change without notice in the case of extreme conditions. 2. 2017.03.26 / GE 866 / Taipei-Jeju / 06:30 9:25

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • All meals. 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners and drinking water
  • Expert English speaking guide with extensive Wilderness First Aid Kit
  • Accommodation on twin, tripple or quad share basis
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and access to activities
  • National Park and all sight entrance fees
  • WYA has included the cost of the materials plus freight charges associated with the project. The group budget is US$4,000.
  • 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)


Duration:7 Days
Starting Point:Taoyuan International Airport. From
Activities:Service Learning
Canyoning/River Tracing
Flat water kayaking
Adventure Touring
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4205
Prices From:USD$1490