DATE 2015/03/12 VISITORS 2165
Most senior students spend the semester collecting photographs of their friends and classmates to provide souvenirs of warm memories for the years to come. However this group of nine youths has created a special and unique way to remember their senior year. They are the founders of the Tribal Service Group and they are using the photos taken from their volunteer services in the Jianshi Township of Xinzhu County to reflect on their final year at TKU. The team expressed that their most meaningful experiences occurred while participating in volunteer projects throughout the years. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful scenery of the mountain, they also experienced the beauty of helping others.
Team leader of the Tribal Service Group, Yan-ru Ceng, expressed, “Now there are a lot of new organizations that help the native people of Taiwan through assistance of the government, but that isn’t a way to directly come in contact with the people. There are so many little details that can be neglected if you don’t come face to face with their problems. This is a much more effective way to see development and change.” This idea inspired him to invite students from the Tribal Service Group as well as students from every department to offer services of all kinds at the Jianshi Township to create one more great university memory.
The service team worked vigorously to achieve four different objectives: assistance of the native people’s tourism and marketing development, improvement of the native youths’ knowledge, improvement of the native people’s living environment; cultural exchange and preservation. The group modified a website to introduce the native people, showcasing their history and heritage. They also created a reading center in the church with 2000 pieces of literature about the culture, language, travelling information, business and art. Professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yi-ting Li, stated, “After the students had seen the lifestyle and environment of the native people they continued to ask the public and even local ministers about anything they could do to assist. This is something very meaningful for the students, but more importantly it’s meaningful for humanity.”