First trip to Taiwan Insect Museum for Ai-Ming with the vision from Scotland!

   First trip to Taiwan Insect Museum for Ai-Ming with the vision from Scotland!

 

   “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25

 

Bridging and empowering! Volunteering Taiwan kicked off“Scotland and Taiwan Volunteer Exchange Program” at the end of June, as part of the workshops, 12 youths from Dumfries, Scotland, to visit Eden Social Welfare Foundation, assisting service users at Ai-Ming Visually Impaired Service Development Center on a trip to Taiwan Insect Museum.

    

The day started by touring the headquarters of Eden’s and Wang-Fang Disabled Day Care Center. After being introduced the history and the work of Eden, followed by a lesson on Human-guides Techniques as preparation for the afternoon activity – a trip to Taiwan Insect Museum. Despite the language barrier, the volunteers assisted service users at Ai-Ming Visually Impaired Service Development Center during the trip; after an interactive tour of the museum, volunteers worked with service users on a handicraft session where they made their own ladybug shaped magnets.

      

The program was a return visit two years after Taiwan had sent a group of youth volunteers to Dumfries in 2015, aimed to get an greater understanding of the work of youths and to learn more about social inclusion policies in Taiwan, as well as establishing a partnership and friendship between youth of both countries while engaging in the “Learning by Doing” model and acquiring the unique experience of youth volunteering in Taiwan. According to Debbie Huang, Volunteering Taiwan, IAVE National Representative, “We believe the exchange program has not only spread awareness of volunteering in Taiwan but also blossomed a lasting friendship for the youth from the participating countries.” (Huang: 2017)

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