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?
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｜Jessie Wang
We were very fortunate to have our Malaysian intern Jessie onboard through the summer. She exudes absolute love through her dedication to work and her interaction with the kids. The children and us will miss her smile but know that she will always be on the lookout for us!
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to become an intern?
Jessie: I first found out about Bright Side Projects when they were recruiting interns on Indeed website.They briefly depicted their core values, that would teach their principles of an inclusive and eco-friendly world to children through creative arts programs. This piqued my curiosity since arts and environmental issues have always been my interests. After browsing their website, I was attracted by their events and concepts, thus decided to send in my resume.
D: What do you think are unique characteristics to Bright Side Projects from other organizations?
J: BSP often emphasizes the children’s autonomy and are willing to listen to the children’s voices. They don’t treat the children as “customers” but actually have kids tasks to independently complete.For example, children were asked to wash the tablewares by themselves, and should help restore spaces after workshops. Bright Side also practices their motto, which is caring for the environment, from zero-plastic to vegan meals. I am happy to realize that I have become a friendlier earth citizen too after these three months of short term internship!
D: Any memorable moments in the workshops with the children?
J: Some children would reach out to me out of their curiosity after learning I am from Malaysia. Some of them requested me to teach them Malay, some of them show me the Malaysian Youtubers they have on their subscribed list. It is my pleasure getting this chance to engage in a mini cultural exchange with them.On the last Chingchuan I went to, a child asked, while locked arm in arm with me, “You were here with us for our graduation at the sprinkler party right?”It feels so good to be remembered by the children. I suppose adults sometimes need to make some younger friends to remind themselves of their innocence, perhaps!
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: This is for sure! For example, I was in a children camp recently, and watched the kids climb up the hill with their huge luggage. Previously I would instantly give a hand to them yet this time I choose to stay and watch from behind. I would reward them words of affirmation if they made it on their own. I have learned that the ability of children is so much more beyond our imagination from the way Bright Side get along with their children. All we need to do is to let go, make sure they have the chance and space to go through the ups and downs of life on their own, because only then they will grow stronger. Yes of course, after face-to-face interaction with the children and becoming more familiar with them, we made amendments on our events and our routine according to their actual needs. Other than that, seeing them enjoyed so much during the events would make me feel that the efforts and time paid were worth it!
D: You were one of the first interns to participate in our Brighter Futures program providing much needed dedicated one on one mentorship and guidance to our youth in their apprenticeship. What are your thoughts on the program and it’s impact to the youth?
J: Brighter Futures is a program that has really only taken off recently and during my internship I was fortunate enough to have become a part of the process from planning, preparing, and cultivating a visionary apprenticeship for children. The time was relatively short, however, so not much can be taught to someone in this amount of time so we had to focus on the training that the individual child needed the most. This would be based on each child’s situation and characteristics thus could only be implemented after slowly understanding their real needs; developing tailored content took half the time. However, the step is still crucial as we need to permit the child to be able to try and then assess where they might have had failure or success and understand the abilities they lack they need that will help the during their career.
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: Yes of course, after face-to-face interaction with the children and becoming more familiar with them, we made amendments on our events and our routine according to their actual needs. Other than that, seeing them enjoyed so much during the events would make me feel that the efforts and time paid were worth it!
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
J: Hopefully they are courageous enough to have a more comprehensive view in life, have faith in themselves as they can do so much more than what they can imagine. Someday they may become one of us shining a light onto others, since the world will never stop deteriorating, only we can keep holding tight and make things better by our ability to love.
王鉫茜 Jessie Wong
夏季實習生 Summer Intern
Born as a child of Malaysia, a country that on the equator, Jessie therefore prefers the sun to the rain. She studied in the Department of Forestry and graduated in the summer of 2020. Jessie still undecided about the course of her future but hopes that her tiny existence would bring some wellness to this world.
And here’s some of her favourite things : trees, movies, books, music and orangutans. She likes walking around with a backpack to look at the world.
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