The Taichung City Government invited youths from overseas to come to Taichung and take part in the International Volunteer Work Camp. On August 1, 300 students from Shigang Junior High School and 350 from Rinan Junior High School, joined by 10 volunteers from Australia, the Czech Republic, Macao, Spain, and Japan, kicked off 13 days of exchange events. These events included experiencing the Hakka mountain village in Shigang and local Minnan culture along the coast in Rinan. Education Bureau Chief Peng Fuyuan stated that the camp events broadened the student’s international perspectives and increased interaction with the community. The events helped cultivate a desire to serve, while simultaneously putting the beauty of Taichung on display and creating meaningful memories of summer vacation.
The Education Bureau stated that the Shigang Rinan Plan is to combine the summer camps hosted by the Shigang and Rinan Junior High Schools, as well as that of the Shigang Hometown Restoration Association. The students happily received the overseas volunteers, whom the students from Shigang led in trying Hakka cuisine, and making their own food to give to seniors at the community senior center. The group also went to the Dongfeng Iron Horse Rail to ride bicycles, and to tour the Shiniu Hakka Culture Museum, allowing the visitors to learn the story of how Hakka people first came to Taiwan from across the ocean.