[Cross-posted from Forward Taiwan @ FB]
Here is Forward Taiwan’s translation of a new letter of interpretation from the Ministry of Labor that significantly expands the scope of unpaid volunteer work that foreign nationals can do in Taiwan without a work permit.
In a nutshell, foreign nationals can now work as unpaid volunteers on public interest projects such as beach cleanups, animal shelters, or other informal projects. Previously, foreign nationals could only volunteer at registered charities or public institutions that had filed a Volunteer Service Plan with the government.
The one ‘catch’ is that the volunteer work should be ‘supportive’. We are seeking clarification from the Ministry about what this means.
This letter is already in effect and has been sent to the National Police Agency and all city and county governments.
Forward Taiwan would like to thank the National Development Council and the Ministry of Labor for this long-awaited change.