TAIS is committed to providing students a complete education. As a boarding school, we keep the students two weekends out of each month. This time is used to maximum potential to provide the students with an opportunity for physical, mental, and spiritual learning and advancement. Saturday afternoons and nights are planned with activities that the students will enjoy and grow from. Afternoon activities are centered around exercise and fun outdoors in the form of hiking, biking, scavenger hunts, community service opportunities, and other games. Saturday evenings are packed with a variety of fun activities that range from student movie awards and cooking competitions to sports games involving the whole school or seasonal festivals. Students will never forget the good times and lifelong bonds that are formed.
Character Building Programs
Each weekend that the students remain on campus, they attend Friday night group studies at teachers’ houses. It’s an opportunity for students to express personal struggles and problems and receive encouragement and help from teachers and other students. Groups follow a loose curriculum of interactive discussion, activities, games and media. In addition, students are provided with a home-cooked meal or get to make the food themselves with their friends. The small groups are an informal way for students to grow spiritually and bond with friends and teachers.
Community Service Opportunities
At TAIS we feel that giving is better than receiving. In fact, most of the time, when you give, you get a bigger blessing than you can ever imagine. To this end, TAIS faculty and staff dedicate their breaks to giving students community service opportunities. Three times during the year, we take trips specifically for community service:
Thanksgiving Break: Every November we schedule a two-day community service opportunity, usually in the south of Taiwan such as Xiaoliuqui and Kenting.
Spring Break: Local. The local community service trip is usually targeted needy villages in the interior of Taiwan. In the past, we’ve got to Hualien and Yilan, Hehuansan, and Namasia.
Spring Break: International: In past years, we’ve taken trips to India and Thailand and Spring 2019 we are going to Kenya. Students are able to work on construction projects, teach local kids English and Chinese, and experience travel and another culture.