Asian Network of Women’s Shelters Internship Program

GOH shelter in KaohsiungThe Asian Network of Women’s Shelters (ANWSInternship Program is a unique two-week project that offers talented professionals, who are working for crisis shelters or other organizations offering services to survivors of gender-based violence in Asia, the opportunity to gain a hands-on experience of shelter management in Taiwan. The program runs in November 2019 to give interns the opportunity to take part in the Fourth World Conference of Women’s Shelters (4WCWS).

Application Deadline: August 31, 2019

Program Dates*: Two weeks in November 2019 (exact dates to be decided by the interns and hosting shelters).

Suggested Itinerary*:

  • Nov 4: Arrive in Taiwan / Briefing
  • Nov 5-8: Participate in 4WCWS
  • Nov 9-10: Rest
  • Nov 11-15: Internship at shelter
  • Nov 16: Return home

Applicant Criteria:

  • Gender: Female
  • Experienced social workers, counselors, supervisors and other staff at NGOs providing protection services for women and girls in Asia.
  • Outstanding applicants from other fields will also be will also be considered
  • Recommendation from an ANWS member organization
  • Proficiency in spoken English (some understanding of Chinese would be a plus)
  • Commitment to apply, develop and implement learnings in home country after the conclusion of the internship
  • Demonstrated professional excellence
  • Independent and self-directed

The ANWS secretariat, the Garden of Hope Foundation (GOH), will help interns obtain visas and make other travel and lodging arrangements.

Costs Covered by GOH:

  1. round-trip economy class airfare,
  2. all accommodation in Taiwan (shared, twin-room, mid-range hotel),
  3. registration fees for 4WCWS,
  4. visa fees (if necessary),
  5. some meals.

Interns will be expected to pay for meals while not working at the shelter or attending 4WCWS events. Commuting and airport shuttle travel is also not covered by the program. GOH will not pay the interns wages, overtime, compensation, insurance or other benefits.

Expectations and Goals 

The purpose of the program is for interns to learn through work. Interns will not be expected to take on major responsibilities, and will receive supervision and support from the host shelter, including assistance from an English-speaking member of staff who will help translate for the intern.

Interns will follow the working hours and practices of their host shelter. Interns will make presentation at a debriefing before returning home, and submit a final report on their experiences before December 1, 2019.

Click here to fill out the application form

*Program Schedule is subject to change.

Contact: King Tsang