The mission of Bright Side Projects is to give everyone the opportunity and platform to create magical moments and experiences, furthering involvement in their communities.
Forget what you’ve read on amazing and inspiring people on how distant and ‘saintly’ they may seem. Being a vehicle for positive change is absolutely accessible. Here we believe if you want to do it, you can achieve it. Bright Side is here to empower you to do so!
What does Bright Side need? 我們需要什麼人？
A rotation of passionate volunteer teachers that can teach innovative and engaging courses on weekends. Prefer consecutive courses that can be taught in progression so children can build on their skills but I am also open to hearing fantastic ideas.
If you are a company looking to provide a meaningful and fun day for youths, contact me as well and we can make something miraculous happen.
Who “creates”? 誰來「創造」美好時光？
Anyone – individuals, groups, companies. Many of our volunteer teachers have never volunteered before, nor have they “taught” children. It turned that these were often the workshops which were the most fun for everyone! What I do know is that anyone can create beautiful things and we are all capable of forming relationships. I put this faith in others and it became a reality – you just need to have faith in yourself as well!
What is the time commitment?
If you are new to Bright Side Projects we will meet up first to introduce BSP and get a sense of what you have in mind and answer questions. Further discussion generally takes place on-line there after with one more meeting once more to firm up details and material list. Teachers are responsible for purchasing and bringing required materials to the workshop, with reimbursements provided by BSP. The material list will be discussed and budget approved beforehand.
Workshops are either full day workshops (4-5 hours); half day (3 hours); with freshly prepared vegan lunches in-between. This does not include the amount of transportation time that could take anywhere from 1-2.5 hours each direction (pending on Taoyuan or ChingChuan).
Is there a certain ethos or principle I should be aware of when in a workshop? 在參與協會的課程活動中，我是否需注意什麼？
Please read our Manifesto. We do have an equal opportunity and diversity policy intact so we get people from different beliefs and backgrounds. There are a few consistencies that we maintain for all big kids and little kids – we are all capable of achieving anything. This means gender fluidity, potentially breaking traditional norms. More communication, more tolerance, more love.
What am I creating? 我能做什麼？
Our workshops are a series of carefully crafted special moments. These springboards of creativity are one of the most important ways for us to get to know the community, interact with kids, and for our “Big Kid” volunteers to forge bonds forming into long term relationships and mentorships.
Special moments can also be an invitation to a special basketball game, cooking crepes together, enjoying a creative Halloween meal. To maintain the quality of interaction or to maintain a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio, we put a cap on 15 kids maximum per workshop.
What is required of me?
As a lead teacher, we look to you to promote in-depth interaction with communities.
A full day or half day lesson plan with a purpose on what everyone will learn, and a detailed rundown of the workshop. Bright Side Projects has hosted everything from arts & crafts, music, basketball,, science, film-making, creating advertising, tie-dying, making vegan pizzas, volcano creations, wind chimes, playing games, yoga, and more. From experience a rundown that features multi-discplinary activities, focused on interaction, works the best. We are also looking to implement a social issue in each workshop.
Remember instead of having one teacher “teaching” 30 kids, we’re fans of having one Big Friend to play alongside every 1-2 kids, if possible. So the workshop is not just for kids but for everyone! Precise tasks varies from workshop to workshop. What is always required is pushing your own limits on creativity and engagement with our environment and each other.
Openness, patience, and love are also required!
We also all pitch in for set up, Kitchen Table duties, and clean up of venue.
What is provided? 嚮光協會能提供什麼？
場地和課程材料所需費用。我們的團隊是由一群熱情的老師們、籌備人員、協調人員以及攝影師所組成。活動課程中的供餐通常都由Kitchen Table lunches來提供。
Venue, budget for course materials. A team of passionate volunteers teacher helpers, logistics, project coordination, photographers. Workshops and events are often paired by our plant-based Kitchen Table lunches.
What if I can’t speak Mandarin? 如果我不會說中文/英文怎麼辦？
No worries – our Projects are accessible for everyone and we have translators on hand if you need them.
What have you done in the past?嚮光協會在過去都做了些什麼？
我們的活動課程很多樣化，包括模擬火山爆發、定格動畫、現代舞、製作迷你版的自己、絹印版畫做T恤…等，讓大朋友和小朋友們都意猶未盡！歡迎看看我 們過去的活動紀錄。還有其他的活動，像Duchess Bakery讓青少年體驗製作可麗餅，Saladay則定期舉辦活動，如幽靈萬聖節和籃球比賽等。短短時間，就能創造無限可能！想得知更多詳細資訊，可以聯絡我們並填寫問卷。我們期望能提供更多有趣的課程活動，讓臺灣的青年和學子收獲珍貴的經驗和回憶。可以看看我們老師們的介紹喔！
We’ve had everything from exploding clay volcanoes, shooting stop motion animation films, modern dance, creating mini versions of ourselves, silk screen printing t-shirts, and both our Big Kid volunteers and kids want to learn more! You can read some of the post event wrap up reports here.
Others have also provided youths with the experience of cooking crepes by Duchess Bakery, fun seasonal events like recent Spooky Halloween by Saladay, and basketball games. Infinite possibilities, such little time!
You can read up on some our teachers here!