Please note that personal electronic devices such as notebooks, tablets, and smart phones are not required for the teaching curriculum. Though you may bring such devices with you, use of such devices for personal reasons (e.g. entertainment, non-program-related tasks) is strictly prohibited throughout the duration of the program. See Mission Rules for more details on our electronics policy.
The ADVENT program will provide liquid soap and shampoo for showering needs, as well as a sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Please note that during the teaching week, you will be wearing your ADVENT team uniform T-Shirt on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
If you will be in Taiwan for only the duration of the program, aside from a backpack, we recommend all your belongings should fit into a suitcase no larger than 26″ x 18″ x 12″ (~56 dimensional inches). The more efficiently you pack, the less hassle you’ll have when traveling from city to city; cram it in real good! If you are planning on staying in Taiwan for some time after the program, we recommend that you leave unnecessary belongings behind (e.g. at a relative’s location), and switch down to a smaller-sized suitcase for the ADVENT program.
Clothing (please refer to the Mission Rules & Dress Code for additional details)
- Teaching Clothes
- 2-3 Shirts (No Low-Cut)
- 2-3 Shorts suitable for teaching (2-3 pairs) – no more than 2 inches above the knee
- No gym shorts or cut-off shorts. Neat hemlines, please.
- Pair of presentable jeans/khakis/long pants for first day of teaching
- No overly distressed jeans/pants or low-rise jeans that expose underwear
- Yoga pants and leggings do NOT count as pants and are NOT ALLOWED in teaching or co-ed environments.
- Girls may wear midi/maxi length skirts or non-revealing dresses (hems no more than 2 inches above the knee)
- Close-toed shoes suitable for teaching (1 pair) – “Jesus” sandals are allowed
- Semi-Formal Clothes for government dinners/formal meetings (e.g., polo, khakis, etc.)
- Comfortable Clothes – to be worn during team time/back in the dormitory (gym clothes, etc.)
- Flip-Flops – you may bring a pair of flip-flops for showers/ after-school time
- Pajamas (If your pajamas violate any of the dress code, they cannot be worn in co-ed environments)
- Socks – you’ll sweat a lot in the heat, so bring enough pairs if you know you usually sweat profusely
- Towel – thin towel recommended; thick towels do not air-dry well in Taiwan (they start to smell). Bring a hair dryer if you’ll need it.
- Personal testimony
- Gospel sharing notes (optional)
- Notebook for teaching notes
- Personal writing utensils
- Optional: Candy or small prizes for students. (Useful for classroom management, recommend bulk American candies. Not chocolate, which will melt)
- Reusable water bottle
- Cash for personal use (e.g. buying souvenirs, gifts, treats)*
Compact sleeping bag (example) or blanket (example) – (the AC accumulates at night sometimes)
ADVENT will provide light sleeping bags, and they will be yours to keep after the program ends.
- Optional items that will make sleeping arrangements more comfortable
- Pillow case
- Travel-sized pillow
- Ear plugs (highly recommended)
- Eye mask (highly recommended)
- Light, twin-sized bed sheet (to spread over your sleeping mat, and to sleep under)
*There may be a few opportunities to visit the bank to exchange currency, but we would recommend that you do so before the program starts.