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Jul 22, 2014

Taiwanese Volunteers In Belize for Social Programs

Each year, through the sponsorship of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), approximately two hundred volunteer groups from various universities in Taiwan are sent abroad to assist communities in public and private sector initiatives. On Sunday, for the fourth year consecutively, a group of twelve students from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan arrived in Belize. Bringing with them twenty-six desktop computers, eleven notebooks and various school bags and stationery, the group will spend the next thirty-five days volunteering in rural Cayo District. The students, all have training in various subject areas and will be providing IT courses and partaking in cultural exchanges. Today, the Taiwanese volunteers were officially welcomed by newly installed Ambassador, Benjamin Ho at the Embassy in Belize City.


Benjamin Ho, Ambassador, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Benjamin Ho

“Today, we are very happy to have our young students coming from our National Tsing Hua University, a prestigious university not only in Taiwan, but the world. The university is just like MIT in the States…it is very prestigious in Taiwan and is one of the top universities in the world. The university is very strong in technology and science, but they are also the liberal arts education too. The group of young students came here with one purpose; to share their expertise and to share their love to Belizean kids in remote areas that don’t have access to modern IT. So they want to share with them, but they also brought them some laptop, desktop, solar panels, stationery and even books and toys they want to give to those young kids and those young students.”


Tommy Chen

Tommy Chen (Chen Chun-Heng), Volunteer

“We are going to live in Belize about thirty-five days and there are three parts that we will do. We will deal with the public sector and private sector like Rotary Club. The second part, we will have educational services; that is our main part. We will go to schools to have IT course and some cultural exchange activities. We will teach them about abuti…it is a famous food in Taiwan. And then the third part, we will do community service. This is a new part that we are doing this year; it is very important because we would like to connect to the locals and know the locals’ needs and we will have painting in San Antonio and we will be visiting in San Antonio too. We are going to the town and got to the house and have a first-hand experience with the local and talking to them and then get together with them and have a day life ad to see what they need.”


Benjamin Ho

“The relation between Taiwan, the Republic of China, and the government of Belize can be categorized in two ways—one is government to government (G2G) and people to people (P2P). This group of young people, they are symbolic of our P-to-P relations. They come here, they are volunteers, they are brilliants students in their schools, but they don’t only have expertise and knowledge, but most importantly they have love. They want to share particularly in those remote areas and underprivileged places.”


The group of volunteers leaves the country on the twenty-fifth of August. 

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