August 18, 2017

AID provides meaningful experiences, summer memories

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor After hearing so much about AID from my friend Caroline, I decided to apply for AID this year.  From what she said, it seemed like it would be a fun experience, meeting new people, traveling around Taiwan and teaching English to Taiwanese children.  I was very excited to begin the AID program, but at the same time, I was nervous.  What if I didn’t get along with my teaching group?  What if I can’t handle teaching children?  What if AID isn’t as great as I thought it would be? Turns out, AID went…

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Final weeks in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web and News Editor July 22 Teaching has officially ended, and the tour around Taiwan has begun.  I am currently at the Sun Moon Lake Youth Hostel Activity Centre.  But before I arrived here, we had to say our goodbyes, and a lot of crazy things have happened. On the last day of teaching, Friday, we had our closing ceremony.  Our class sang its songs, the levels 3 and 4 classes did RT (readers’ theater) and the level 2 class ended up demonstrating the fly swatter game because RT was too hard for them.  We got so…

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Pingtung, Taiwan – July 16

by Rosalie Chan, Web and News Editor July 7 I’m finally at Pingtung, where the school I will be teaching at, Cheng Wen Elementary School, is located.  It is a total change of scene from Taipei.  In some ways being here is better than being at Chien Tan Center, but in some ways it’s worse.  For the most part though, it’s better. One thing that I like is…no more sitting through boring classes and lectures!  Not much has happened at Chien Tan since I last posted.  On July 4, Independence Day, which frankly, I forgot about due to being in…

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Chientan Youth Activity Center, Taipei, Taiwan – July 1

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor June 30 Tomorrow, I will be starting the AID program and leaving behind the familiar.  For the past two days, I have been staying at my mom’s friend’s house in Taipei, and the nights before that in Taiwan, I’ve been staying at my grandma’s house. On Wednesday evening, my grandma took me to the library across from her apartment.  It was nice because it had air conditioning, and it really was a good library, with plenty of shelves for books and plenty of tables to read or study at.  Unfortunately, I can’t read…

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Taiwan – June 27

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I’m currently in Taiwan, and it’s very different from the Philippines.  For one thing, everything’s in Chinese.  For another, it’s less humid, although it is still hot.  It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in the Philippines.  I had breakfast, and afterwards, I did last-minute packing and said good-bye to my aunts, uncles and grandma.  My uncle dropped me off at the airport.  Checking in and going through immigration actually took a very short time because my uncle checked me in online, so until boarding the plane at 12:45 p.m., everything…

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The Philippines – June 25

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor It’s been a very busy week, mostly consisting of going out with my aunt and also seeing other family members.  On Tuesday, Auntie Myra and I went to Makati, a newer and more modern city near Manila.  She showed me around Ayala Avenue and a park called Ayala Triangle, and then had breakfast at Jollibee’s, a major fast food chain in the Philippines.  After that, we visited a new children’s museum called the Mind Museum, and many schoolchildren were there on a field trip.  In the Philippines, students begin school in June and…

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The Philippines – June 18

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor I feel so tired, though I’m not sure whether it’s jet lag or the fact that the past few days have been packed with activities with the family.  But it’s been fun.  Last Saturday, I went with some of my relatives to the “Masters of Illusion Live” show, which featured many magicians doing different types of tricks, such as disappearing acts and tricks with fire.  It was highly entertaining, and I enjoyed the show.  Later that night, my dad’s entire side of the family went out to eat at a fancy restaurant called…

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The Philippines – June 15

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor At 12:35 a.m. earlier today, I arrived in Manila, Philippines.  I flew from Chicago to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong, I connected flights to Manila.  I almost did not get a seat on the plane because apparently, the flight was overbooked.  Luckily, I did, and flying went well overall. As I sat in the plane, an approximately 15-hour flight, I felt strangely lonely.  I had always flown with family, but this was my first time traveling alone.  I read the book “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth until the plane turned off all the…

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Willingness to volunteer produces overseas teaching opportunity in Taiwan

by Rosalie Chan, Web & News Editor Last summer, one of my friends, Caroline Kao, ‘12 graduate of St. Francis High School, volunteered for the Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) Summer Volunteer Program in Taiwan.  The program sends the volunteers, between the ages of 17 and 27,  to various schools throughout Taiwan to teach children English. Kao came back with tons of stories, photos and great memories, so after hearing so much from her, I decided to apply for this program as well. During February, I applied and had to fill out forms, get a transcript and write an application…

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