<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Geneva">quote:</font><hr>Originally posted by Hartzell:
<strong>...you could volunteer...</strong><hr></blockquote>
Anybody interested in volunteer work with young people might be interested in my girlfriend's organisation, the Nook Care Association. It provides employment training in catering, plus creative activities like dance and drama, for high school students with learning difficulties.
Now Richard has got me worried that I might get deported for helping them out with washing dishes, wiping the tables and other such illicit work. Even worse, I am teaching one of the girls Hanyu pinyin as a first step towards learning English and she pays me a whole pot of tea each time. To be sure, if the Taiwan authorities decide they want any foreigner off the island, they can probably find something we are doing that is illegal.
Nook Care Association (Jiaoluo Guanhuai Xiehui),
3F, No. 12, Sec. 3, Chengde Rd., Datong Dist., Taibei 103
Tel: 02-2599 4235
Fax: 02-2586 7049
(Over the footbridge from Minquan MRT station on the Danshui Line)
Note: Most of the people there can't speak much English.
The association runs a cafe on the ground floor at the same address - see some photos on http://www.bigmap.net/food/coffee/26.htm
My girlfriend also has connections with a lot of philanthropic organisations related to disabled people etc. One of the well-known child welfare organisations, concerned principally with preventing child prostitution, is the Garden of Hope Foundation. Its bilingual web site is at http://www.goh.org.tw/