Is It Legal To Work for Your Room? Like at a hostel


#1

I know one hostel where foreign backpackers can stay and work for their room. Some people do it for a few days, some people do it for weeks or even longer a few months. Shorter visitors just help clean up and longer-term get more into helping manage the desk.

These are not people here and have a job or are students in Taiwan. They’re just backpacker’s roaming around Taiwan or Asia.

Is it legal? Are there now places like this?

Workaway.info advertises 90 places in Taiwan.


#2

Have seen some blogs that offer that.
Don’t know if govt cares about the legality of it.
The same goes for couchsurfing. Free boarding in exchange for culture 交換.


#3

They’ve really cracked down on Airbnb so… Maybe not this.


#4

Because Airbnb involvss cash transaction


#5

Wasn’t there an artist who was provided a stay for his/her performance and was deported?

Unless having a working holiday visa, I think it is illegal.


#6

“Volunteering” is illegal isn’t it? Even if you are “working for nothing”, seems technically still illegal.

Ya, unless working holiday visa.


#7

Volunteering is now legal, I believe, with the usual allowance for “Who knows what a given official will say on a given day”:


#8

They probably say that the hostel is an ‘animal shelter’?


#9

A little off topic but I was wondering if Woofing exists in Taiwan: you stay in a farm, do some work and get food and accommodation in exchange. Would be a convenient way to work on one’s Chinese, given that the family can speak in Chinese of course, not in Taiwanese.


#10

Some volunteering is legal. From that thread:

The MOL’s letter actually covers only holders of white collar work permits, as Feiren noted, but not including artists/performers (non-missionaries in class F or ESA 46.1.6). This means blue collar foreign workers and tourists are also excluded

Tando is right as usual. Without a WHV or some other form of permission, working at a hostel is illegal.


#11

They are not working for nothing, it seems there is a explicit quid pro quo, ie housing in exchange for their services.


#12

Big time illegal. Let’s face it: you’re working. You aren’t volunteering for a charity. You are taking a job away from a local.