Janice: 做志工是自己的人生清單之一，2017爬雪山時，山友和我提起嚮光協會，剛好我對兒童藝術教育很感興趣，於是在2021離開工作滿四年的建築事務所，給自己一個gap year，申請嚮光協會實習的職位。
D: 你覺得嚮光與其他組織有何不同之處?或是嚮光在做的事與 其他組織有區別，這有什麼重要的意義?
J: 之前沒有接觸過其他協會，不過得知嚮光有遠景計畫時，覺得這項計劃相當友善且實際，讓孩子有機會在踏入社會前，提供安全熟悉的環境，學習生活與職場技能。參與計畫前，我認為理所當然的生活技能，對許多偏鄉孩子而言竟是完全陌生，像是：騎乘Youbike，我們協助他從綁定悠遊卡、租借到利用google map導航上路，看著他完成自己許下的都市生活清單之一，感到無比驕傲與開心。
D: 在參與嚮光培力工作坊的過程中，有什麼有什麼值得紀念的時 刻或與孩子們的互動讓您印象深刻?
D: 實際在培力營與孩子面對面後，在辦公室的實習的時候心裡 是否有不同的轉變呢?
NEIGHBORHOOD INTERVIEW｜Janice Lu
We would not be the same without Janice. She has been with us through thick and thin, at birthday celebrations for us as friends, for Brighter Future young adults, and celebrating dream birthday cakes with youth in Wanhua. She is a true part of Bright Side family and has exhibited absolute love and patience at her time with us. The dedication and passion she puts into the work is reverberated and can be felt by everyone around her, the kids included. We love that getting to know her through Bright Side Projects is just the beginning of a relationship that will last for a lifetime! Read more to get to know her!
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to become an intern?
Janice: Volunteering is one of the things on my of my lists for living life! When I was climbing Mount Sylvia in 2017, my friend mentioned Bright Side, and I was very interested in children’s art education, so I left the architectural firm where I had worked for four years in 2021 and gave myself a gap year, applying for an internship with Bright Side.
D: What do you think are unique characteristics to Bright Side Projects from other organizations?
J: I have not been in contact with other associations before, but when I learned about Brighter Futures, I felt that this plan is very approachable and practical, providing a safe and familiar environment giving children the opportunity to to learn life and workplace skills before entering the society. Before participating in the project, life skills that I took for granted were completely unfamiliar to many rural children, such as: riding a Youbike, we were there to assist one of the youth set up an EasyCard, renting the bike, to using google map to navigate the road after lunch and ride back to the office. Watching them being able to check off one of their urban living lists, I felt extremely proud and happy.
D: Any memorable moments in the workshops with the children?
J: I just want to start by saying thank you Bright Side and the kids for accompanying me through such a warm and loving 2021! This year has really given me a lot of energy. After my six month internship was completed, I returned again in October, to a LINE sticker therapeutic art workshop in Taitung as a course teacher. This was after the COVID epidemic that summer slowed down, and we were able to meet with the kids again face-to-face and talk with them about their moods and emotions. We were like friends, and we played games in a more relaxed and casual manner. We were able to share the big and small things in life that happened during the epidemic, the exciting events and even the vulnerable moments that made them not so comfortable, and I was side by side with them to record their feelings with via art. I like that children always respond honestly and directly. I feel very comfortable with them. On the eve of the end of the two-day workshop, a girl raised her hand and asked me one simple question – ”Teacher, will you come to back next time? ” I was instantly melted by this sentence. It turns out that I have a place in the hearts of children, and it feels good to be remembered. October is my birthday month, and this experience is one of the best gifts I have received!
D: Has this internship or moments in interacting with children through Bright Side Projects brought about any changes in how you approach issues/kids in the future?
J: I will be more cautious about making promises. In the past, I was used to agreeing to requests but not necessarily fulfilling them. However, after the training that Bright Side Projects provides regarding not making promises especially to the children, I altered as much as I could to only promise to fulfill the things that could be fulfilled, or that the promised things would be fulfilled as much as possible. Acting honestly and responsibly to oneself means also acting in the same way to others.
D: How has it been working in the office as an intern and being able to tie that in with the importance of the work Bright Side does with the children when you see their faces?
J: The office often needs to deal with general affairs and administration, and the process is inevitably cumbersome and mundane. However, after actually participating in the training camp, seeing the enthusiastic participation and smiles of the children, I think all the process, however tedious, is necessary and worthwhile.
D: You were one of the interns who was with us the longest, from working in the office, to WFH during COVID, and then returning to workshops and also took the trip down to Taitung as a teacher the following year. Can you tell us how it has felt being a part of Bright Side Projects and why you continued to assist us after your official internship time was completed?J: Participating in workshops after workshops, I saw Bright Side deeply rooted in communities, fused with love and time bit by bit, and continued to accompany the children as they grow. I really like the enthusiasm and actions of the association and Bright Side partners, and insist on doing good things. Doing good is not always easy. I think this is why I will continue to help Bright Side after completing the internship, hoping to assist the young adults and the youth in need within the scope of my ability.
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
J: Hope that children will remain curious about things, and face their inner feelings honestly no matter how the outside world changes.
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