Famed for centuries as Ilha Formosa (Beautiful Isle; 美麗島; Měilìdǎo), Taiwan is an island with more faces than the 11-headed Guanyin. Towering sea cliffs, marble-walled gorges and tropical forests are just the start of your journey, which may take you as far as Yushan, which at 3952 meters forms the highpoint of the island. With most of the island covered in vast mountainous wilderness, and a mixture of jungles, fields, beaches, rivers, natural hot springs and tiny islands, you could explore Taiwan for years and still have more to discover. On the way, you will encounter some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, as well as a rich culture and varied cuisine. Taiwan also provides various kinds of opportunities for volunteering and community service.
During this 7-day program, students will travel from the south to the north of Taiwan by way of its east coast. Along the way, travelers will explore four well-known cities, as well as the diverse landscapes in-between. They will also experience a number of the most iconic adventures Taiwan has to offer and engage in service to help several local communities. By exploring not only the nature and sites of Taiwan but also engaging with local communities and individuals in meaningful and genuinely helpful ways, travelers on this program will leave with a multi-faceted perspective on Taiwan, its people, and its stories.