March 28, 2017

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…

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…

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…