The Universiade, an important international event nicknamed the “small Olympics”, will be opening today at the Taipei Stadium. And amidst in the nearly thirteen thousand athletes and coaches from around the world, one group of hard-working volunteers become the cornerstone that elevates this event.
It was an honor to interview the Director of the Taipei Department of Education Can-Jin Zeng, discussing this year’s Universiade volunteers and their job descriptions, as well as what their training entails.
The director says that, the main goal of the training is to introduce Universiade volunteers to how Taiwan plans to host the Universiade, and hopes to let them understand the Universiade’s core values. Especially since out of the 22 sports, minus the 14 required sports, the remaining 7 will be chosen to play to the home state’s advantage. In addition, the Department of Education will teach volunteers to combine geopolitical relations and unique character qualities to explain the Universiade.
As to recruiting volunteers, the Department of Education started by inviting students from 16 schools and organized enrollment briefing sessions and strategic alliances, and utilizing mass media, county and city governments’ broadcast systems, and actively contacted university clubs; combining virtual and physical contact methods to let the public know the recruiting openings.
As a volunteer – apart from conforming to the Volunteer Law stating that all volunteers must be 18 years or older – the most important thing is to be passionate in service, which seems vague, but is Taiwan’s original and strong spirit.
The director said, “the most important value and belief, and whether it can represent the city and its soft power, expressing our friendliness.”
Wherever you are, all participating volunteers should work to the fullest of their strengths, in every corner of the Universiade, any role, and representing Taipei, or even Taiwan. This is the best support we can give to this Universiade.
As to Entrep & Co’s plans to independently produce a documentary for the Universiade, the director says “a documentary is the best way to encourage volunteers, and it is a very meaningful activity that we need to support, and if there are any needs, we are open to discussion as well.”