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TaiwanICDF and Good Neighbors Taiwan sign an agreement to foster the cooperation on overseas volunteer dispatch

TaiwanICDF and Good Neighbors Taiwan sign an agreement to foster the cooperation on overseas volunteer dispatch

On March 25, 2020, Amb. Timothy T.Y. Hsiang, Secretary General of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and Mr. Edward Hsieh, Chairman of Good Neighbors Taiwan (GNT) jointly signed an agreement on the future cooperation of overseas volunteer dispatch. Through GNT, the TaiwanICDF will dispatch Taiwanese volunteers to serve in other GN member offices on request. Mongolia and Kyrgyz have been selected as pilot countries.

In recent years, the TaiwanICDF has endeavored to cooperate with international non-governmental organizations on overseas volunteer dispatch in pursuit of providing more international opportunities to Taiwanese who are interested in volunteering abroad. For instance, the TaiwanICDF has partnered with Step30 International Ministries and Friends International (headquartered in Cambodia) to dispatch three volutneers since 2019.

Good Neighbors International (GNI) was established in South Korea in 1991. Its goal is to promote children’s rights and provide care to vulnerable children. To date, GNI has had its member offices spread out in 43 countries worldwide; and among them, the offices of Mongolia and Kyrgyz Republic have run for 14 and 6 years respectively. As both offices have been well-developed with experiences of hosting international volunteers, the TaiwanICDF is currently in discussion with these two offices regarding first dispatch scheduled in the second half of 2020. The possible areas of volunteer opportunities could be English teaching, barista and fundraising.

Since its establishment in 1996, the TaiwanICDF has dispatched more than 770 volunteers to serve in 43 countries. Through the services, volunteers can not only contribute their expertise to partner countries, but bring their cross-cultural experiences back to Taiwan to enrich the society.

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  • Date:2020/4/6