if you are passionate and willing to learn and teach, all ‘cultural obstacles’ can be overcome.

抱著一顆熱情的心、樂意學習與教導,所有的文化障礙都是能夠克服的

臺南六甲國中分享 (2)

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5.9.2016 – 6.8.2016

Volunteering was always in my mind as something noble and useful both for your self-development and for the community involved. Moreover, Asia is a place far away from my ‘world’ and comfort zone. The whole ‘cultural exchange’ thing seemed rather interesting to me so I decided to apply for the specific project I overtook in Taiwan (by the way, there were some other reasons I wanted to visit Taiwan, but it’s not that important at the moment or for the project).

       志工的工作在我心中一直都是一項崇高的事業,也是自我發展以及為社區貢獻的好機會。此外,亞洲是個距離我的世界和舒適圈遙遠的地方,去那裏做志工能進行文化交流這件事也讓我很感興趣,於是決定申請報名台灣這個特別的志工方案(我想來台灣其實還有其他原因,不過原因跟志工方案沒有關係,也沒那麼重要,所以我就不多提了)。

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Now, after nearly 2 weeks that I returned from Taiwan I look back to those moments and think of them with nostalgia, tender and immense joy. A few days before my departure from London I was worried whether the time was too much for a first-time visit in a country of totally different cultural background than mine. However, I really think now that a month was not enough for me! The people I met, the places I saw and the situations I was in made me feel part of Taiwan, part of the people in Tainan. Those memories fill me with joy, excitement and self-fulfilment whenever I think of them. Despite the shocks of the early days (weather, new language, different manners) my integration in Tainan was smoothly and for this my host and ICYE TW hold a significant part. My days in Chia Chi were really interesting and not at all tiring. I met a lot of interesting students and realised that, if you are passionate and willing to learn and teach, all ‘cultural obstacles’ can be overcome.

       自從我結束志工的工作離開台灣後已經兩個星期了,現在回想起來,我對那些時光充滿了懷念、溫情與極大的喜悅。想當初在我才剛要從倫敦出發去台灣前幾天時,我還在擔心這個志工工作的時間對於第一次踏入一個文化背景完全不同的國家來說是否太長了點,但現在一切結束了,我反而深深感到一個月的時間實在太短。我遇到的人們、我去過的地方還有遇到的種種事物,都讓我覺得自己成為了台灣的一部份,成為了台南人。每當我回憶起這些人事物,我心中就充滿無限喜悅、興奮與成就感。儘管一開始剛到當地有些許不習慣(天氣、語言與待人處事的方式),但多虧我的接待家庭與台灣ICYE協會的幫助,我順利地融入了台南的生活。我在家齊女中的工作非常有意義,一點也不累人;我遇到了很多有趣的學生,並了解到其實當志工如果抱著一顆熱情的心、樂意學習與教導,所有的文化障礙都是能夠克服的。

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The project in Tainan was also a test for myself and my endurance in new situations. From experiencing the city to presenting in front of an unprecedented crowd of Taiwanese students, every aspect of it was immediately referring to my personal skills and abilities, which I assure you, are now much enhanced! In overall, I feel lucky to have participated in this volunteer project, because apart from helping my students – and friends in many occasions – to overcome the language and cultural barrier, it helped me experience something entirely new to me from within. I was part of this school and part of Tainan for a month, having one of the most interesting and best times of my life so far. It is of great satisfaction to see that your presence and transmitting skills are giving joy and additional

meaning to those children, who possibly had never experienced such encounters ever before in their lives.

       在台南的工作其實也是一種自我挑戰,考驗我遇到各種新狀況時的應變能力與抗壓力、挑戰獨自在一個陌生且又語言不通的城市探索、甚至一個人在一個從未遇過的台灣學生大班級面前講課,所有事物各個方面都需要用到我個人的技能;而我的個人技能也因為這些挑戰,現在提高了許多。整體來說,我感到非常幸運能夠在這個工作單位做志工,因為不僅幫助學生(時常也幫助朋友)克服我們之間語言及文化障礙,我自己也從這個工作中獲得了一個全新的體驗。整整一個月中我成為了這個學校和台南的一部份,度過了我人生中最有意義、最棒的時光之一。看到自己的存在以及傳授的技能與知識能夠帶給那些大概從來沒有這類經歷的孩子這麼多喜悅、對他們來說意義如此重大,這讓我獲得到無限的成就感。

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To conclude, my time in Taiwan was a very strong experience that contributed in realising things about myself and about this small but at the same time so full of exciting situations country in the other side of this world. I would definitely do it again, even in the same city with the same people! A unique experience that shouldn’t be missed by anyone interested in volunteering abroad! After all, we have more things to share than to divide! Travel more, learn more and understand the world! Trust me, you will feel a different, better human after this!

       最後我想說,我在台灣的經驗深刻無價,了解到許多關於自己也關於這個麻雀雖小、五臟俱全、位在世界另一端、充滿新奇人事物的國家。如果有機會,我非常樂意再來一次,就算是在同一個城市裡跟同一群人相處生活我也會痛快接受。任何有興趣出國做志工的人都不該錯過這獨一無二的經驗,畢竟這是與世界分享、去更多地方旅遊、學習與了解這個世界的大好機會! 相信我,來這當志工所得到的經驗將讓你感覺成為一個全新、更美好的人!

 

Alexandros Daniilidis