Nature of the project: Magic Broom-Sishih
Type of the project: (CULT/ELD/SOCIAL/ CONS)
Starting & Ending Date: 07 Aug – 21 Aug
Skills and Qualification: Not Required
Workcamps Cost: 250$
Total Space Available: 14
Sishih is a small town located in Taiwan. This city is famous for its handmade brooms. Brooms are a very economical product as far as this village is concerned; it is found that only ten Farms are left with making brooms now. The aim of this project includes designing an entrance image together and to make enhancements in the environment as requested. The second aim would be to learn, inherit and promote sishih broom. Lastly the volunteers are expected to spent time with elders in the community and share the culture, traditional music, Painting etc with them.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Tao-Yuan international Airport, from where you will be transferred to your respective accommodation.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at GWC Taiwan Office, where you will be given a short introduction of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and social or political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will meet with the local villagers and will be introduced about the project and environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work in Project (Refer Project Highlights for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Taisi Painting and Construction) continuous.
Day 13: Visit and explore the beautiful places of Taiwan along with the group of participants of almost your own age. This will also help you to share your new experience with each other.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWC partner organizations at Taiwan will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in at the project. You will stay in Guest Share room at the Sishih Community Centre. You will be served with 3 meals a day. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Taiwanese culture and lifestyle closely.