University Students’ Passion in Service Could Really Make the World See Taiwan! This summer vacation, five CYCU student groups headed for Cambodia, Myanmar, Salvador, Thailand and Mainland China to engage in oversea service. These university students practiced their professional knowledge and engaged in the “hand in hand and Service-Learning” with the local youth, minorities, rural area children, young girls who lost their parents and young single mothers to demonstrate CYCU’s philosophy about holistic education focused on care for the society and show Taiwanese youth’s passion and kindness to the world!
CYCU Service-Learning Center organized the overseas Service-Learning results joint presentation ceremony for “Young World but Different Vision” on October 22. A total of 300 teachers and students from CYCU and other universities and senior high school students attended the ceremony to listen to the university students’ experience and achievement in service learning!
CYCU volunteers have provided services in Siem Reap, Cambodia for 11th times this year. In order to help Puok County, which had poor resources, create the “New “Cambodia” English Teaching”, the students invited the local youth teachers to work on the seeds workshop. Their diversified and interesting teaching activities reflected the spirit about “the local people helping the other local people”. “Though the youth in Cambodia is not rich, their spirit in keeping pursuing dream really moved each of us!” said by the leader, Wang Tsun-Chuan, a sophomore student of Department of Finance. The “Tiptoe Love in Myanmar” group consisting of the students from Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Department of Accounting and Department of International Business has engaged in providing service in Myanmar for the third year. This year, they worked with the local Chinese school students to organize the “Hand in Hand Service-Learning”. The youth of Taiwan and Myanmar worked together to plan the English activities to care the orphanage established by the local minority, “Li-Su Tribe”. At the end of the service activities, the local Chinese school students took initiative to organize their own volunteer group immediately to serve the orphanage periodically and continue spreading the effect of care extended by CYCU.
“In addition to IT education, we will also communicate the characteristics and passion of Taiwan to the world!” Hsien Ju-Fen of the Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, who participated in the overseas service in Salvador for the first time this year, mentioned that CYCU has engaged in overseas service in Salvador for the second year, and the First Lady met the group personally and also showed their recognition and praise to Taiwanese youth’s participation in international services. When dealing with the young girls of the same age suffering from domestic violence, abuse and unmarried pregnancy in the process of services, these students have conducted in-depth introspection and received the impressive experience.
The “Roaming Thailand-Thailand Overseas Volunteer Group” instructed by Teacher Liao Hsiu-Li of Department of Information Management has headed for Thailand for the fourth time, which was dedicated to bridging the digital divide with their IT profession. This year, the new IT issue “Smart Home and Industry 4.0” was particularly integrated in the APEC Digital Opportunity Center in Khon Kaen City. The program logics combining games interested students to help the local students learn the logics and concept about program writing.
Many Taiwanese business people’s children, who have grown up in Mainland China since childhood, felt strange about their homeland, Taiwan. The “Taiwan Summer Camp” was co-organized by the students of CYCU Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, Department of Special Education and Department of Bioscience Technology, and National Taiwan University of Sport in the schools of Taiwanese businessmen’s children in Dongguan to help them experience different cultures. The student of Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies, Huang Hsiao-Yun, indicated that “In addition to Taiwanese businessmen’s children, some Mainland China elementary school students also joined us; therefore, I witnessed the different characteristics of the children living in the cross-straits, and it is unforgettable memory to me!”
CYCU students proved that the public welfare should be borderless by their charity and fulfilled the holistic education mission with their action. Director Li Chun-Yao of CYCU Learning Service Center mentioned that CYCU overseas volunteers have engaged in international services for more than one decade, and each presentation of results could encourage more students to engage in the service learning, grow by providing services, and complete themselves better by contribution!
(Photo provided by CYCU/CYCU Service-Learning Center organized the overseas Service-Learning results joint presentation ceremony for “Young World but Different Vision” on October 22. A total of 300 teachers and students from CYCU and other universities and senior high school students attended the ceremony to listen to the university students’ experience and achievement in Service-Learning!)