2016年8月8日 星期一

Couchsurfers in Class Map

Dear all travelers,
After one year of visiting the teachers and families around Taiwan, we have created a Map of "Couchsurfers in Class" for you guys.


So far we try to focus mainly on rural junior high school, but there are also some elementary schools or senior high schools. (E for elementary, J for junior high school, H for senior high school and O for others)

We don't want you to come such a long way only for visiting one school, just try to put one place into your itinerary in Taiwan, and just visit the school when you know you will pass by.

For example. If you plan to go to Taichung from Tainan, then we would recommend you to visit the schools in Yunlin or Tainan, and spend one maybe one night there with locals, but you are also free to keep moving to your destination right after school.







E1:Wulia elementary school (New Taipei) 三峽五寮國小

a small school in the middle of the mountain road. only about 100 students.




Transportation:take bus to Sanxia(三峽) where the teacher can pick up travelers.

Accomodation:Yes. You can stay with the teacher Kuo-Ying.


Contact:Mrs. Chen (kuoyingchen100@gmail.com)



E2:Dongying elementary school (Matsu) 馬祖東引國小
Matzu is a very remote island close to Fujen,China.It is 8 hours fairy or 1 hour flight distance from Taiwan. But it is something really different from Taiwan,the communities are tiny and people are really connected with each other. I am sure it will be a cool experience to visit the students and the teachers in Dongyin. And if you are a artist or musician, we also highly recommend Dongjyu, the smallest island in Matsu. You can make you own project and stay with the people there.
Click the link to check their project. (https://www.couchsurfing.com/events/x-exchange-residency-program-in-matzu)

Transportation:well... you have to take flight or ferry to Nangan Matsu first.
Accomodation:Yes, dorm or guest house in the school probably.

Contact:Yaya(https://www.facebook.com/yaya.deng1)


Zhudong Elementary School (Hsinchu)竹東國小
Zhudong Elementary is about 30 minute driving distance from Hsinchu city. The students are consist of Hakka and aboriginal students. The teacher was major in Spanish so it will be great if you can speak spanish with her.

Transportation:The teacher can pick you up from Hsinchu or Zhubei station. You can also take train or bus to Zhudong station.


Accomodation: You can stay with the teacher in Zhubei, with her family.

Contact:Mrs. Lee (chtaib@gmail.com)



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J1 Daquan junior high school (New Taipei) 板橋大觀國中
Daquan junior high school is located in the suburb area of Banqiao city. The school is beautiful and full of art. However, many of the students are from vulnerable family which are not as resourceful as in the downtown.

Transportation:the school is close to Fuzhou train station, you can also take bus to the school from Banqiao.
Accomodation:Yes, you can stay with Mrs.Fei-Lin's family. You can also stay with a CS host who live pretty close to the school.

Contact:Mrs. Tsai (feilingtsai@gmail.com)



J2 Dapi junior high school (Yunlin) 雲林大埤國中

Dapi junior high school is the 

first school where we invite travelers to visit. The school is a typical rural school which is surrounded by farms. The teachers there are used to having foreigners there, they might also invite you to attend PE or art classes.


Transportation:take train to Dounan station, the teacher will pick you up there.(about 20 minutes)

Accomodation:Yes, there are quite a few teachers who are willing to host.


Contact:Ms. Lin (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000226264750)





J3 Shanhua junior high school (Tainan) 台南善化國中
Shanhua junior high school wants to invite foreign travelers so the students can have chance to communicate in English. Also there is a baseball school team there, some of them also think about going abroad for professional career.


Transportation:take train to Shanhua station, then take bus or the teacher will pick you up there.
Acoomodation:Yes.
for male we would highly recommend you to stay with the baseball school team in a dorm. You can also join their practice. For girls we can also help you find a place to stay in Tainan city or with some female teachers.


Contact:Sharon (s486120382000@shjh.tn.edu.tw)




J4 Kaihsuan junior high school ( Yilan) 宜蘭凱旋國中
Kaihsuan junior high school is a very young school which is located nearby the county government. The majority of the students come from local farmers' family or new coming families from city.

Transportation:they can pick you from Luodong or Yilan.
Accomodation:Yes, you can stay with Mrs. Shih-Ting's family.
Contact:Mrs, Hsu (poemstop@gmail.com)


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H1 Zhongli high school (Taoyuan) 桃園中壢高中
Zhongli high school is one of the major school in Taoyuan. And Zhongli is also famous for many immigrant workers living there.

Transportation:you can easily find a bus or take ubike from the Zhongli station to the school.
Accomodation:Yes, you can stay with the teacher Tsung, we can also help you find a host in Zhongli or Taoyuan.
Conact:Tsung (obstimistic@yahoo.com.tw)





H2 Kaohsiung industrial high school(Kaohsiung) 高雄高工
Kaohsiung industrial high school locates in Kaohsiung city center. Most of the students there don't pay much attention on English.You can join Sandy's class or join the student club of international with Camera.

Transportation:you can easily take bus or public bicycle to the school.

Accomodation:Yes, you can stay with Sandy or some other host in Kaohsiung.
Contact:Sandy (sandy626@hotmail.com) Camera (camerachao.tw@gmail.com)





H3 Pingbei high school(Pingtung) 屏東屏北高中
Pingbei high school is also a young school. Many of the students live in the dorm. There are also quite a few aboriginal students in the school. The teachers are looking forward to having travelers having some speeches to the students.

Transportation:the teacher can pick you up from Pingtung station or from Zhouyin HSR station in Kaohsiung(in the morning)
Accomodation: Depends, so far it is not very convenient for the teachers to host travelers, but we can help you find a host in Pingtung or Kaohsiung.

Contact:Miss Jian ( she20032@gmail.com)


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O1 English Seeds Academy (Hsinchu) 南寮英語種子學苑

This is an english after school in Nanliao,Hsinchu, which is a fishery town. You can stay with in the classroom and talking to the students there. We might also corporate with the schools nearby as well in the future.
Transportation:Kate can pick you from Hsinchu train station.
Accomodation:Yes. They can host you in their class room or their home.
Contact:Kate (
Katepeng617@gmail.com)





O2 Bookhouse (Taitung) 台東孩子的書屋

In Taitung,there are many students who are from some problematic family, either poor, single or non parents family. Many of these students don’t have anyone to take care of them after school. A book house is a place that gathers these students together after school, providing dinner and helping them with homework. There are quite a few book house around Taitung, I will send you to the one which is suitable for both you and the students.
Transportation:Depend, the teacher might be able to pick you up from Zhiben station.
Accomodation:Yes, normally you can stay in the teachers dorm or in the bookhouse.
Contact:Arten (https://www.facebook.com/artten.li)







Other than the schools, there are also some different project which we are still working on, maybe you can join some nature farming, earth building or having some workshop with parents or college students like co-cooking.


We will keep updating the news.


If you have any idea, feel free to contact with us.

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