The Taichung International Volunteer Workcamp began in March and set foot in Taiping district, Xinglong community on the 11th to build homes and nest boxes for owls. Two international volunteers from Japan and Hong Kong, along with nine local youths participated. They happened to bump into an owl entangled in bird net along the way, and under the guidance of Rescue Institute volunteers, the volunteers took turns medicating and feeding the wounded owl in hopes of a quick recovery and calling for common attention to wildlife protection.
The owl nest boxes built with help by international volunteers last year in Xinglong community already had owls “occupied”. This year, the two international volunteers from Japan and Hong Kong along with nine local youths arrived again at the community in hopes of building more houses for owls in assisting wildlife conservation. The most was made out of the volunteer spirit when they saw an owl entangled in the bird net, and immediately began rescue under the guidance of Rescue Institute volunteers and took turns medicating and feeding it.
The Social Affairs Bureau stated that volunteer service knows no borders. Everyone is working to make Taichung better and welcoming, establishing it as a city of volunteers. The International Volunteer Workcamp was expanded this year and is expected to conduct 16 batches. Each batch conforms to themes characteristic of individual community culture, including Taiya house building, Hakka blue dye, Baileng Canal Cultural Festival and other experiences. There will also be social welfare services, such as Silver Jewel Wedding Workcamp, Fun and Play Gallery of International Toy Arts, which are expected to be introduced in turn from July till October.