創全國首例! 南市府招募海外台僑志工,深耕下一代英語力Tainan city government to recruit Taiwanese volunteers abroad to teach English at local schools

2018-06-26

創全國首例!臺南市府二官辦向海外臺裔華僑招手,與國際組織ICYE合作,招募海外志工協助推動英語為第二官方語言政策。目標招募20位臺裔華僑,協助臺南市國中小推動「全英語教學」或「雙語教學」,期使在校園中創造聽說英語、使用英語的機會,提升下一代英語聽說能力;並藉此建立市府與海外台僑合作模式,提供臺裔青年回故鄉擔任志工之管道。

臺南市政府第二官方語言專案辦公室(簡稱二官辦)今(26)日辦理「招募海外台僑志工參與臺南市第二官方語言政策」記者說明會,說明台僑志工招募及入校服務方式,積極招募海外臺裔年輕人回鄉擔任志工,奉獻心力。二官辦指出,這項志工招募計畫由台南市富樂夢教育基金會全額贊助,是臺南市政府推動二官語政策三年多來,首次向海外台僑招手,期待建立官方招募平台,提供臺裔青年回故鄉擔任志工之管道。這也是國際組織ICYE首次與台灣政府機關合作,創全國先例。

二官辦表示,自從二官語政策推動以來,受到許多海外臺灣同鄉會的肯定與支持,紛紛透過不同的管道表示,因身在海外,更能體會英語在全球化、地球村的時代之重要性,願意協助南市府推動英語。二官辦會選擇在107學年度招募海外志工,是因為106學年度推出的「雙語教學試辦計畫」,試辦成效良好,成大研究團隊提出報告,認為「雙語教學試辦計畫,亦即英語融入其他科目教學,試辦成果顯著」。研究成果將於七月份在英國辦理的國際研討會上發表。據此,二官辦希望引進海外台僑的力量,招募20位英語為母語之台僑志工,於107學年度至臺南市國中小學參與英語教學及活動,在校園中創造聽說英語、使用英語的機會,期使英語成為校園生活的溝通語言。

此次協助市府海外招募志工的團隊是「社團法人台灣國際青年文化交流協會」(International Cultural Youth Exchange Taiwan, ICYE Taiwan,即ICYE台灣分會),將進行為期一年的招募活動。ICYE起源於1949年,總部設於德國,是一個非營利的國際文化交流組織,與世界40多個國家建立夥伴關係,推動青年參與和全球公民活動,是國際青年交流和志願服務的領導者,擁有超過60年的交流經驗,每年全球有超過1,200名的青年加入長期或短期的交流活動。

CTY台灣分會過去所招募對象,多為來自世界各國的年輕志工,今年首次與政府機關合作。ICYE秘書長郭貞秀表示,「期待這項創新的嘗試,能建立一個示範性的官方招募平台,給國際志工更多來台的機會」「台灣學生雖從小學英文,卻鮮少用於日常生活。ICYE提供交流平台,透過引進國際志工進行語言交換,期許台灣學生能在與台僑青年互動中,多方瞭解異國文化,並培養勇於開口說英文的自信心。」

過去幾年來,臺南市幾所國中小分別與ICYE合作,如安平國中、六甲國中等,引進國際志工帶領校園英語活動或參與英語教學,成效顯著。然而經費來源與繁複的行政程序,讓其他想跟進的學校卻步。此次,首次由政府機關與ICYE正式合作,並由台南市富樂夢教育基金會全額贊助。安平國中校務主任余崇銘表示「方便多了,也有效提高學校參與意願」。安平國中校長郭憲璋則表示,安平國中剛引進國際志工的前幾年,很難找接待家庭,現在則是「家長用搶的,因為孩子可以在家和國際志工有練習英文的機會。」目前臺南市已有17所國中小表示有意願參與本案,其中包括位於白河、七股等區偏遠地區學校。

過去幾年來,臺南市幾所國中小分別與ICYE合作,如安平國中、六甲國中等,引進國際志工帶領校園英語活動或參與英語教學,成效顯著。然而經費來源與繁複的行政程序,讓其他想跟進的學校卻步。此次,首次由政府機關與ICYE正式合作,並由台南市富樂夢教育基金會全額贊助。安平國中校務主任余崇銘表示「方便多了,也有效提高學校參與意願」。安平國中校長郭憲璋則表示,安平國中剛引進國際志工的前幾年,很難找接待家庭,現在則是「家長用搶的,因為孩子可以在家和國際志工有練習英文的機會。」目前臺南市已有17所國中小表示有意願參與本案,其中包括位於白河、七股等區偏遠地區學校。

二官辦表示,本次招募之志工條件為年滿18至28歲、英語為母語之台僑(父母其中一人需為台灣籍),男、女皆可,具獨立性,對英語教學有熱忱與創意。ICYE台灣分會將與報名之台僑志工進行線上面談,並媒合服務學校。台僑志工來台服務期間為1年或6個月,分107年8月梯次及108年2月梯次,每週服務不超過35小時。在校服務任務包括:擔任英語助教、協助英語會話活動、相關課輔、文化活動、與學生用英語交流等。

參與的志工將獲得每月新台幣3,800元零用金,一年期志工有4週休假,半年期志工有2週休假,食宿由接待家庭或宿舍免費提供,志工享有保險和健保(服務滿半年、有居留證者,可享有台灣健保)。來台期間需參加志工訓練及營會,志工服務期滿,將由臺南市政府頒發感謝狀。志工需自付機票、簽證、居留證等相關費用,以及在台生活費。市府二官辦竭誠歡迎台僑青年踴躍報名參加,體驗府城生活、幫助提昇下一代英語力,為故鄉奉獻心力。

台僑志工中英文報名網站如下:

The Office of English as the Second Official Language of Tainan City (OEASOL) will be cooperating with International Cultural Youth Exchange Taiwan (ICYE Taiwan) to recruit overseas Taiwanese volunteers to teach English at local schools. The volunteering project, which will be opening 20 spots to interested individuals, is expected to bolster bilingual education and help create an environment that encourages English speaking in Tainan as part of the city’s policy to make English the second official language. Being the first city in Taiwan to ever make such a move, Tainan City Government strives to enhance students’ English proficiency and establish a long-term cooperative relationship with overseas Taiwanese, especially young adults who are seeking opportunities to volunteer in Taiwan.

OEASOL held a press conference today (June 26th) explaining details about the volunteering project and the objectives of recruiting overseas Taiwanese volunteers. The project, according to OEASOL, is sponsored by Flomo Education Foundation and remarkable in that it is the first time that a city government invites Taiwanese who live abroad to aid the EASOL policy, which was first introduced to the public three years ago. It is possible that an official platform would be created to continue to offer volunteering opportunities for Taiwanese who live abroad, should the project be a successful one.

Multiple Taiwanese associations abroad have expressed their support of the EASOL policy through various ways. They are acutely aware of the importance of English usage, having been influenced by international environments where globalization is on the rise. OEASOL’s decision to recruit Taiwanese overseas is largely prompted by the significant progress made in the bilingual education curriculum at local primary schools and secondary schools -- specifically the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) program --  that has been implemented in several schools last year. A research team at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) suggested that the program, which integrates English in other academic subjects, has bore fruit; a research report on this matter will be shared in an international scholarly conference in London in July. With the assistance of 20 overseas Taiwanese volunteers whose native language is English, OEASOL hopes to make English-teaching and English-learning activities in local schools more creative, ultimately making English the second language for communication among students.

The recruitment of volunteers, managed mainly by ICYE Taiwan, will last a year. ICYE, a non-profit organization with links to different networks of volunteering and civil society organisations, was founded in 1949 and has its headquarters located in Germany. It has partnered with more than 40 countries and been a leader in cultural exchange projects around the world; there are, in fact, more than 1,200 youths who engage in long-term or short-term exchange activities annually. ICYE is excited to cooperate with a Taiwanese government agency for the first time. “We hope that this joint project would serve as a model for future platforms that would offer more opportunities to international volunteers,” said Kuo Chen-hsiu, the secretary general of ICYE. “Though the majority of Taiwanese students have started learning English young, they rarely use it in daily life. In creating a platform for volunteers to engage with local students, ICYE hopes that both sides develop a better understanding of foreign cultures and in turn prompt students to speak English confidently,” she added.

Theresa, a German volunteer under ICYE who currently teaches English at Kaiyuan Elementary School, stated that she has learned a lot from her experience and greatly improved her Chinese and calligraphy. “I hope more people come to volunteer in Taiwan, which I am definitely going to miss after I go back.” Anna, who comes from Austria and serves in Anping Junior High School, expressed that living with a host family for more than four months made her “understand not only Taiwanese culture but also myself.”

Several junior high schools in Tainan, such as Anping Junior High and Liujia Junior High, have cooperated with ICYE in the past. Though the improvement in English among students is evident under the lead of international volunteers who helped arranging the English-learning activities, other schools have hesitated to join due to the sophisticated application process and a lack of budget. Yu Chung-ming, the director of school affairs at Anping Junior High, stated that he appreciated the sponsorship from Flomo Education Foundation: “it makes everything more convenient and motivates more schools to do what we do.”  Kuo Hsien-chang, principal of the same school, pointed out that it was difficult initially to find families who are willing to host foreign volunteers. “Parents now fight to be host families because they want their kids to practice speaking English at home with volunteers,” he said. There are currently 17 schools who are eager to join the volunteering project, including those that are located in rural areas such as Baihe and Cigu.

The volunteering project held by OEASOL and ICYE is open to individuals aged between 18 and 28 whose native language is English and who are passionate and creative about English teaching. One of their parents must have Taiwanese citizenship. ICYE Taiwan will be interviewing applicants online and match them with appropriate schools. Volunteers in this project either serve for 6 months or a year; the summer session begins in August 2018 whereas the winter session starts in February 2019. The maximum service hours per week will be 35 hours. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting school teachers in English teaching, organizing after-school activities, and interacting with students in English.

All participants will receive 3,800 NT as petty cash each month. Those who volunteer for a year will have 4 weeks of break in total and those who volunteer for 6 months 2 weeks; accomodation and meals will be provided by host families or dorms for free. Participants should be able to apply for local healthcare if they plan to stay for more than 6 months and have an alien resident certificate, which, along with flight tickets, application for visa, and relevant documents, are on participants’ own expense. Volunteers will also be participating in camps for training and receive a certificate of appreciation from Tainan City Government by the end of their service. OEASOL sincerely welcomes all Taiwanese young adults who live abroad to apply and experience local culture in Tainan. We need your help to enhance the English abilities of our next generation!

For more information, please visit the official website: https://www.icye.org.tw/?page_id=3995