Apply to be on the American team for the MSCE Summer Camp 2020!
We are looking for American students in the healthcare fields (medical, pre-med, nursing, and hearing and speech pathology/therapy; as well as physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, public health, etc.) to serve as camp teaching assistants (TAs). While we may make exceptions for a few students in other fields of study, we do require that our TAs be active and growing Christians who desire to share the Christian gospel message with others. (Please see our Statement of Faith for more details.) Regarding the camp program, TAs will prepare and present on topics related to everyday life and culture in the U.S., as well as on their respective fields of study, and have both formal and unscheduled opportunities to talk with students about Christianity. TAs lead groups of 6-8 Taiwanese students in discussions and also engage in informal conversations with camp participants to promote English communication skills and friendship. See “Program” page for programs from previous years.
The American team will also put on a praise and worship night in the middle of the week. Through music, story-telling, and skits, they will give their testimonies and share about why faith is such an important aspect of their lives.
A frequently asked question from prospective TAs is, “Do I have to be able to speak Chinese or Taiwanese?” The answer is, “No.” The MSCE camp is conducted in English, and many students attend for the chance to practice their English. In fact, we encourage TAs to generally avoid speaking Chinese at the camp. Chinese and/or Taiwanese language abilities will help but are still not necessary if you plan to join our second week of service and visitation activities.
Costs and Coverage:
The main cost per US (non-Taiwan) participant will be the airplane tickets from North America to Taiwan. United, EVA Air and China Airlines offer non-stop flights but you may find other flights, with connections, from Air China or other carriers. Depending on your travel dates and where you depart from, current (2019) listed price of round-trip tickets ranges from about $1,250 to $1,650. The cost of the camp and the optional second week program is about $150 to $200 each, or $400 total. This amount (~$400) is usually covered for qualified TAs.
Each TA is also required to have health and other insurances needed for international travel as LCMM does not provide any insurance for this program.
Luke Christian Medical Mission (LCMM) has a limited budget set for this program, but is committed to raise sufficient funds to cover the cost of the camp and the service internship program (second week) in Taiwan. For those who need subsidization for air travel expenses, LCMM will give $500 initially. Additional support for the cost of plane tickets, which is need-based, will also be available but depends on individual TA need, whether MSCE is the main reason for their trip, and how much they can raise for themselves
Once TAs are accepted into this year’s MSCE, we ask that you complete a short survey indicating your financial need. This will help LCMM to set the goals for our collective effort in fundraising. Fundraising for MSCE ends on July 31st, and we usually send out the reimbursement checks in early August.
Participants are strongly encouraged to raise their own funds to cover part of the cost. During the fundraising process, we strongly encourage participants to reach out to their families, friends, churches and extended Christian communities to invite them to be a part of this ministry through prayer and financial support. Preparing for this trip should be a faith-seeking process to experience God’s grace and provision.
All donations made to LCMM on any TA’s behalf are tax-deductible and will go to the designated TA’s account.
See the “Support Us” page for more information on donations and raising support.
If you have further questions, please contact Margaret Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.