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University student volunteers go to rural villages and outlying islands for the summer
大學生暑假當志工 深入偏鄉離島

A group of 195 student volunteers from the Ultimate Love Service Association in Hsinchu City pose for a group photo in Hsinchu County on July 3.
新竹市至愛服務協會的一百九十五名暑期青年志工七月三日在新竹合影。

Photo: Hung Mei-hsiu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者洪美秀

Aside from having fun or working, what else are university students up to during the summer vacation? Students from Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology (TPCU) led nearly 200 vocational high school students in experiencing what it is like to be a university student, while students in clubs at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) traveled to Taiwan’s rural areas and outlying islands to do volunteer work, helping Aborigines repair damaged electrical appliances.

TPCU’s College of Business and Management organized a two-day “Information Sciences Camp,” bringing together more than 30 teacher and student volunteers for nearly 200 vocational high school students from Yilan County’s Loudong Township, who stayed in the university dorms. The courses they taught allowed students to experience university life firsthand, teaching them about cloud computing as well as how to make computer games and electronic books.

Lu Shao-yu, a third-year student in the Department of Information Management who served as a volunteer instructor, laughed as he said that it is a unique experience to guide the other students, and also a great way to grow as an individual. Offering the example of the first time they met with the vocational high school students from Luodong, he said everyone was quite shy, so he prepared some games to make them feel more at ease.

The camp group also went to Taipei Port to observe its logistical processes, which included ships entering the port, unloading their shipments, separating goods into groups and packaging them, as well as the process of making sure the goods get to their intended destination. Every aspect of this complex process had to be completed with the utmost accuracy in a very short period of time. Not only were the vocational students surprised at how impressive the process was, the volunteer instructors also gained a lot from the experience.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. electrical appliance n. phr.

電器 (dian4 qi4)

例: The electrical toaster is one of the oldest electrical appliances that is still commonly used today.

(最古老的電器用品中,烤麵包機是目前仍普遍被使用的。)

2. shy adj.

害羞的 (hai4 xiu1 de5)

例: Buddy was too shy to ask for the girl’s phone number, but fortunately she offered it to him.

(博迪太害羞而不敢問這位女孩的電話號碼,好在是女生自己主動將號碼給他。)

3. fix v.

修理;維修 (xiu1 li3; wei2 xiu1)

例: Instead of fixing the old TV, they decided to buy a new one.

(他們不修舊電視,決定買一台新的。)


Students from NTUST have gone a bit farther, traveling around Taiwan and abroad. Around 100 students are participating in the summer volunteer program. Students from the school’s piano club are teaching children piano in Taipei, while those going abroad are serving as volunteers in northern Thailand, teaching children English, math and Chinese in the mountains at very high altitudes.

NTUST’s Lu La La Recreational and Educational Club has gone to Chipei Island in the Penghu archipelago to hold a “Handy Renewable Energy Camp,” where they are helping children improve their community environment, and teaching them how to make toys and decorations from recyclable products. The school’s Social Service Club has gone to a Seediq village in Nantou County’s Jenai Township to help repair damaged electrical appliances. They have collected more than 100 electrical appliances from local residents.

The club sent 40 students to the village, and although most of them have a background in electrical engineering, they still had quite a lot to brush up on when it came to their repairing skills. They fixed an old radio that was over 20 years old. It had been part of a local resident’s life over the years, and it was quite moving when they were able to make it work again.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

大學生放暑假,除了玩樂和打工,還忙些什麼?台北城市科技大學學生帶領近兩百位高職生搶先體驗大學生活。台灣科技大學的學生社團則發起偏鄉離島服務,為山地部落家戶修護損壞電器。

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