NEIGHBORHOOD INTERVIEW｜Violette Tsao
As one of our interns that worked with us online exclusively during the peak of the pandemic in the summer of 2021, we loved 佳琪 enthusiasm that radiated through the screen even though we had never met in person.
Her dedication, quirky creativity, talent with crafts, had us enamored with her when she continued with Bright Side Projects at our office and also on-site creating with the kids!
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to become an intern?
Violet: Around May 2021, I was graduating from university and I started looking for internship opportunities. I saw Bright Side Projects’ posting on the National Culture and Arts Foundation looking for interns. After visiting Bright Side’s official website, I learned that the association arranges various courses and activities for children in remote areas, and regularly raises funds to help some families in their daily lives. I like children very much, and it is mentioned that children will participate in therapeutic arts courses. Since my future ambition is to be engaged in the field of art curation, I think this job will not only allow me to contact more different people, but also have a certain degree of help on my future ambition, so I decided to send my resume!
D: What do you think are unique characteristics to Bright Side Projects from other organizations?
V:I think the biggest difference between Bright Side and other associations lies in creativity and diversity. The association arranges various activities for children to participate in, and the content of the activities is almost never repeated. During my internship, the association will also let the interns arrange the courses in person and give them guidance. I think this is a great task. I have learned a lot as I just entered the workplace. Coworkers will also provide advice or help when the course is over. I really feel a sense of accomplishment, and in this way, the activities of the association can be more diverse and innovative. I think this is the biggest advantage and uniqueness of Bright Side.
D: Any memorable moments in the workshops with the children?
V: The most impressive thing was facilitating the online class “What Color Are You?” I arranged. I was really nervous about preparation and before the class, and the materials had to be well prepared and I needed to be able to adapt and react instantly during class. It’s really not easy as it seems and I realize after doing it. When I was in class, it was the children who helped me relieve my tension. They were very cooperative, and even shared different ideas with me. Looking back now, I am grateful to them. It can be said that it wasn’t a lesson that I taught them – but it was also one that they taught me!
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?
V: My personality generally gets along well with children, and I also liked the innocence of children. During the internship, I was really happy at work. Although I happened to encounter the COVID, I couldn’t see the children in person, but when I was doing some beautiful props for activities in the office, I imagined the expressions on their hands when I was doing it, and I was happy while doing it. If it has changed the way I get along with children, I think that through this internship, I have become more aware of the importance of listening. Children will come up with a lot of ideas from time to time. I think that as an adult, listen carefully to what they want to say is a very important thing.
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?
V: Due to the epidemic, I did not have the opportunity to communicate with children face-to-face, which is unfortunate, but I have experience in connecting with children online. I think the feedback from children or seeing photos of their achievements will make me feel all the preparation is worth it!
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
V: The first of course is to hope that they can grow up without having to worry about anything, meanwhile preparing for the skills they will need in the future with a joyful mood. Bright Side’s courses and activities are carried out in a very positive and cheerful way. I think it is very helpful to children. I hope that when children grow up, they can develop healthy and positive personality traits, and can continue to spread and pass on these joys.
D: You were with us during online courses and continued with us when we were able to have in-person classes. Could you let us know the difference in connection and communicating with the kids online versus offline? Or even in communicating and working with BSP in the office and from home?
V: When working online from home, although full-time employees will regularly contact by phone to care about the work situation, it is inevitable that questions cannot be solved immediately. After going to work in the office, you can ask any questions directly, and you can also start to prepare props, and it is more convenient to obtain materials. Bright Side’s office atmosphere is very relaxed, and working in the office one doesn’t feel oppressive, so rather than working from home, I prefer to work in an office.
曹佳琪 Violet Tsao
Adores arts, fond of cats and kids, likes to put on her thinking cap and has numerous thoughts passing her mind at all times. Fascinated by the bigger picture behind all kinds of things. Curious about the way things are the way they are, and willing to take her chances. For Violet, how individuals meet, influences each other and furthermore develop diversity is the most enchanting thing ever.
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