Fostering cross-cultural understanding

The visit to Dominican International School (DIS) for aboriginal teenagers from Xinshi Social Service Center, organized by Catus, was a transformative and enriching experience for both us as the organizers and the participants. As the head of Catus, I found this initiative to be a culmination of the fruits of dedicated planning, fundraising, and collaboration with various stakeholders.

The day began with the gathering of students from Xinshi Social Service Center at Dazhi Station, and the sense of anticipation and excitement was palpable. Utilizing the MRT system not only facilitated smooth travel, but also served as an opportunity to empower the visiting students with public transportation skills. The inclusion of easycards and one-time-use tickets demonstrated our commitment to ensuring a seamless experience for everyone.

The DIS visit was a highlight of the day, marked by ice-breaking activities that fostered connections between Catus members and the students. The orientation presentation provided valuable insights into the DIS education structure, fostering cross-cultural understanding. The interactive campus tour, including activities like a scavenger hunt and an educational exchange, allowed for a dynamic reciprocity of experiences and knowledge.

The subsequent journey to Taipei 101 showcased our commitment to broadening horizons. Allowing students to lead the navigation through the MRT system empowered them, and the Taipei 101 excursion provided a breathtaking view of the city. The meticulous planning, including pre-ordered tickets and researched information, ensured a well-rounded and educational experience.

The farewell at the Taipei 101 Station marked the end of a day filled with laughter, learning, and new friendships. The reflective survey allowed us to gather valuable feedback and insights, ensuring continuous improvement for future initiatives. Witnessing the positive impact on the aboriginal teenagers affirmed our belief in the potential for positive change through such urban-rural exchanges.

This excursion reinforced the power of collective effort and the impact of cultural exchange. As the head of Catus, I am proud to have been part of an initiative that goes beyond charity, aiming for sustainable empowerment and lasting connections. The success of this project serves as a testament to the belief that every individual, regardless of background, possesses the potential to leave an indelible mark on the world.