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Urban Farming and After School Activities

Location

Taichung City, Taiwan

Group

Girlguiding

Length

2 Weeks

Project Work

Environmental, Education

Girlguiding Midlands wanted a project that aimed to engage in hands-on volunteer work, build cross-cultural connections with a new culture, and foster positive change in the local community.


With the Girlguiding leaders discussions we were able to make a custom timetable for a unique project centred around sustainable agriculture work within Taiwan.

"The support received from Concordia before hand was excellent. No question was ever unanswered and emails were responded to very fast which was excellent at allowing us as a volunteer leadership team to respond to questions we had and team members and their families.


Victor came to deliver some pre sessions at our February get together which was good and benefitted girls, families and leaders."

Girlguiding Team Leader


Project Partner and Background:

Partnering with the Taiwanese Meishan Christian Church, the project focused on supporting local underprivileged children through educational initiatives and sustainable agriculture. We always partner with a local organisation to ensure all volunteer projects are needed by the community and will make a lasting impact. The church has been a beacon of hope for disadvantaged youth, providing educational activities and nurturing a community of care. In 2016, members of the church established HYDROVEGE, a social enterprise aimed at funding these noble endeavors. Our project aimed to contribute to these efforts while addressing critical issues such as food safety and urban agriculture.


Taiwan Trip

From August 5th to 18thTheir adventure began with a flight from Birmingham to Dubai, and onward to Taipei, followed by a warm welcome at the Hydrovege project site in Hou-Li.


The itinerary was packed with activities designed to foster cultural exchange, community service, and personal growth. The girls' first full day involved a comprehensive orientation of the project site and an introduction to the local children, followed by engaging community games and a workshop on Mandarin language and Taiwanese culture.


The following days saw the Girl Guides dive into farm work, partake in skill education programs, and contribute to the Hydrovege project. They enjoyed a mix of work and leisure, including a British cuisine lunch with the children and a captivating visit to local attractions like the Hou-Li LC Saxophone Museum and Yuamei Sugar Factory.


A highlight of the trip was the campfire party with the Tongi Scout group, filled with intercultural activities that left lasting impressions on both the visitors and the hosts. The Guides also worked on constructing an observatory with the children, fostering teamwork and building lasting bonds.

The adventure continued with a trip to Taichung, where the Guides visited the Nanchien Community and Gaomei Wetlands, experiencing the local culture and environment first-hand. They crafted wooden keychains and prepared for a British Cultural Night, sharing their heritage with the local community.


As the trip neared its end, the Girl Guides packed, cleaned up, and bid farewell to the children, culminating in a final evaluation and games session. The final leg of their journey was a leisure trip to Taipei, where they explored the city's cultural landmarks, enjoyed the vibrant Shilin Night Market, and discovered the rich tea culture in Maokong.


Their last day in Taiwan included visits to the National Palace Museum and Zhishan Garden before they headed to the airport for their return journey. The trip was a blend of cultural immersion, community service, and personal growth, leaving the Girl Guides with unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding of Taiwanese culture.


Tailored Activities:

We curated a diverse range of activities to cater to the group's objectives:


Agricultural Workshops:

Volunteers participated in planting, weeding, and harvesting sessions, alongside specialised training in hydroponic farming techniques. These activities not only supported local agricultural initiatives but also empowered the group with practical skills.


Cultural Exchange Events:

To facilitate cultural immersion, we arranged British cultural events and intercultural exchanges with local children and students. These events provided opportunities for cultural sharing and mutual learning, aligning with the group's goal of fostering cross-cultural understanding.


Educational Initiatives:

Recognising the importance of education, organisers facilitated wood workshops for local children, promoting creativity and skill development. Additionally, volunteers contributed to composting efforts, promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.


Achievements:

Through their collective efforts, the group achieved significant milestones:


Community Impact:

Volunteers made a tangible difference in the lives of underprivileged children and contributed to sustainable agriculture practices. By supporting local initiatives and fostering community engagement, they left a lasting impact on the communities they served.


Cultural Exchange:

Through their participation in cultural events and exchanges, volunteers gained valuable insights into Taiwanese culture while sharing their own traditions. These meaningful interactions deepened cross-cultural understanding and promoted global citizenship.


Accommodation and Working Conditions:

Comfortable accommodations at the Chientain Youth Centre in Taipei and the HYDROVEGE centre at the project site ensured rejuvenating rest after fulfilling days of work and exploration. With a focus on safety and well-being, our experienced leaders and Concordia Coordinator provided guidance and support throughout the journey.


Conclusion:

The group volunteering project in Taiwan offered more than just a chance to give back—it provided a transformative experience where participants forged lasting bonds, gained valuable skills, and made a tangible difference in the lives of others. If you're ready to embark on a journey of purpose and discovery with your team, contact us today to organise your next group volunteering adventure.



Interested?

Enquire below and we'll connect you with one of our volunteering team to help you apply or answer any questions. We can help guide you through the process for a hassle free journey to your next project.

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