Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2 - 4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Heating No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

You will definitely get to appreciate nature at its best during your stay in Wulai. With many places to explore and sightsee, you will have the opportunity to enjoy nature trails, trek to waterfalls, relax in hot springs, and see many other cultural gems. At the local tribal museum you will learn about the Atayal people and the rich history of tradition that has been preserved by this indigenous group. You will get to participate in a cooking class and then enjoy the delicious results of your efforts. There will also be plenty of time for you to visit local sites, such as; temples, eco Farms and local fishing reserves. While you will find yourself in a rural setting, keep in mind that your walk into town via the shortcut is only about 15-20 minutes downhill, good luck on the return uphill! This program offers you plenty of variety, hitting the mark in several areas, because it’s a nicely balanced mix of learning, leisure and culture.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you get familiar with nature and your local surroundings
  • Broaden your knowledge of the local customs, history and culture
  • Create cultural exchange opportunities through our efforts with the locals

Schedule

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Hiking trail
  • Visit forestry life museum
  • Explore area around waterfall
  • Lunch outside
  • Take cable car up to mountain resort and enjoy a nature walk
  • Head back to center
  • Dinner

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Discover Wulai town: Local Temple, Wulai Bridge, Wulai old street
  • Lunch outside
  • Visit Atayal Tribal Museum
  • Head back to center
  • Traditional Cooking Class
  • Dinner (enjoy the meal you have prepared)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Hiking to Wulai Eco farm for sightseeing around the area
  • Lunch outside
  • Visit Jishu Camp and learn traditional hunting skills (bows and arrows)
  • Head back to center
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath in an authentic hot spring
  • Dinner

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Hike to Fushan village and enjoy all of the beautiful nature along the way
  • Lunch outside
  • Visit Fushan fish viewing path
  • Head back to the center
  • Enjoy some free time
  • Dinner

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Hike to the Baoqing Temple and enjoy the scenic views
  • Lunch outside
  • Hike back to the center
  • Complete Evaluation
  • Dinner
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

Wulai is a charming village outside of Taipei which has been home to the indigenous Atayal people who have resided in that area for centuries. Although there is only a population of about 6200 residents within the district, there is still an influx of visitors, both local and foreign. Many come to visit the area because of the plentiful hot springs, which many consider to be a source of health and wellness. There is an approximately 15-20 minute walk into town from the accommodation and there are a plethora of sites for nature lovers to enjoy during the program stay.

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Food Arrangements

Three meals typical for the region will be provided on weekdays with breakfast and dinner being served at the accommodation, lunch will generally be provided outside. On weekends there will be two meals served, typically a brunch and dinner.

Facilities

Our center is in a more rural area of the village, but a short 15-20 minute walk into town will provide access to an ATM, local restaurants, coffee shop, mini mart and a supermarket for any items you might need during your stay.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

If you find yourself with a bit of free time on your hands you can make your way down to Old St. in Wulai and sample some of the the tasty treats typical to the area. Just to name a few there is bamboo rice, boar sausage, a variety of mushrooms prepared a myriad of ways, and let us not pass on the chocolate mochi- which are little cocoa covered rice cake truffles. If you are down for a little culinary adventure, there are lots of gastronomical creations to satisfy the hungry and the curious.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of China

Population:        23.5 mil

Capital:        Taipei

Language:        Mandarin

Currency:        New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) (TWD)

Time zone:        Taiwan Time (UTC +8)

Country Information

Not to be confused with the People’s Republic of China (China), Taiwan, which is formally known as the Republic of China, was founded in 1911 and is made up of Taiwan and its surrounding islands. Although there were claims to its sovereignty being made by other nations in the past, including Japan, today the question is most commonly posed by its neighbor and near name twin (China), yet Taiwan remains a free state in East Asia. China has introduced their One China Policy which basically forbids other nations to recognize Taiwan diplomatically and there is debate between factions of Taiwanese citizens, as to whether it would be better to unify with China or remain an independent entity. Since the seat it once occupied was given to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan is no longer an official part of the United Nations. To reduce the controversy and confusion, Taiwanese participants often compete in world events, such as the Olympics, as Chinese Taipei.

With a population of just over 23.5 million people, this nation is an economic and high tech force with global recognition. Over the past 5 decades Taiwan has steadily improved its position in the world and has a high rate of citizens who have attained degrees of higher learning. The vast majority (about 80%) of persons in Taiwan are of Han descent and the official language is Mandarin Chinese. Only about 2% of the population are descendants of the native aboriginal people that were the main inhabitants until the arrival of other ethnic groups from mainland China.

Social Interaction in Taiwan is encouraged and always polite. Personal interactions are extremely important, with family being the most important institution and the tenets of respect and honor for elders being consistent. In the workplace, women can be found in many roles, but like other industrialized nations, they make far less than their male counterparts and are often relegated to lesser non-managerial roles. Although same sex marriage has not yet officially been made into law, recent changes in the court of public opinion and the nation’s highest courts have ruled in its favor. This may reiterate the the stance that Taiwan is a progressive nation, which also touts a democratic system and a constitution that guarantees religious freedom.

Climate

Depending on where you are in Taiwan the climate zone may range from tropical in the south to subtropical in the north. This may translate to hot and wet summers and chilly winters for the most part with an average temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius. Spring runs March to May, Summer runs June to August, Fall is September to November and Winter is December to to February. Chances are that you may be exposed to monsoonal winds or typhoon level storms if you visit during the rainy season, which is basically June through August. Many agree that the best month to visit is April due to its combination of mild temperatures and less rain.

Culture

As with many cultures, Taiwan has been influenced by the arts, culture and politics of other countries, some near and others farther away. The direct link with China and Japan over the years, as well as the religious practices of Buddhism and Confucianism, have impacted the perception of whether or not Taiwan indeed possesses its own distinct cultural heritage. There are others who concur that additionally, the influence of western countries,  as well as aboriginal legacy, have greatly contributed to the modern day version of the nation and that synergistic combination makes Taiwan very unique.

Gastronomy

The food scene in Taiwan is epic! It is a street food lover’s paradise with night markets, where you can find selections at food stalls for $1-2 or even get a meal at the local convenience mart for 3 bucks or so. There is a cool and hip cafe and bar scene that has emerged and continues to boom and traditional hotpot restaurants that offer buffet style dining (typically with friends and family) for about $20