The VIP Service
Are you interested? There are of course rules and procedures that have been set up to ensure the VIP program meets its goals and works to the benefit of everyone concerned. Nancy Gu is our administrative coordinator for this program and she will be happy to provide the forms and answer your questions. I won’t try to explain all the ins and outs here, because this is just an introduction, but here are a few FAQs if you will…
Who can apply?
When a volunteer has been identified, a ministry partner organization legally recognized by Taiwan and approved by TMF, submits an application to TMF for each volunteer.
How much does it cost?
There is a small administrative cost, plus the organization accepts responsibility for both the expenses of the volunteer that may need to be reimbursed plus the required national health insurance.
Can the volunteer work in Taiwan?
No, this is for volunteers only. The volunteer is under the direction of the sponsoring organization. Any money the volunteer receives must come through that organization. The volunteer cannot take any paid position in Taiwan. Any contributions for their services from other organizations should go to the sponsoring organization.
What if my organization is not on the TMF approved list?
You can either find an organization that is approved that is willing to take responsibility for the volunteer, or you can apply to TMF for approval for this program. There are some guidelines for that.
When do we apply and how long does it take?
. Once the paperwork is all in and the applications approved, the letter for the visa application should be in your hands within several weeks. Because the program is just starting, if you have application you would like to submit right away, there is a “special window of opportunity” right now in addition to these normal deadlines. If you have some volunteers you would like to get going right away, please call Nancy at the TMF office ASAP.
What if I have questions or suggestions for this program?
We are excited to be able to open this up to the initial list of approved partner organizations right now. We also realize that this is a new program and there will be necessary adjustments that we haven’t anticipated. Phil Nicholson is the project team coordinator and Nancy Gu is the administrator. Depending on your question or suggestion, you may want to approach one of them. We realize that VIP will not meet the needs of every situation, but we do believe it is something God can use for his glory, for Taiwan, and for our ministry fellowship.