Our Trip to Taiwan
On Tuesday, July 31, members of the Boys & Girls Club of West San Gabriel Valley (the Club) returned from an amazing week in Taiwan. The trip was funded by local philanthropist Vicky Chang. The purpose of the trip was to show the teens a world beyond the Club walls and outside their immediate community. Ms. Chang, already a dedicated and a longtime Club donor, wanted to do more for Club members: she wants to inspire the kids to dream big. The trip was a life-changing experience for all.
The 10 Club members returned from the trip excited about the culture and what they learned about themselves. Pragya K., an Alhambra Unified School District 9th grader, expressed how she enjoyed visiting places that represented different cultures within Taiwan. It made her realize the importance of being able to communicate with people from other parts of the world.
Matthew B., a 10th grader at Walnut High School, credits the trip for teaching him how to be independent. “I had to learn how to be responsible. I had to learn limits and how far to go, like at the night markets.”
In addition to the night market, some of their experiences included a visit to the National Taiwan University and the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. They also took a tour of the city and learned about its transportation system. Club members also participated in a workshop provided by Liuli Crystal Art executives, learned about crystal art, and designed and created their own models.
There was no better tour guide for the trip than Ms. Chang, whose family is in the Travel business. Ms. Chang’s son, Roy, also helped guide the tours, in particular, the city experience. They were joined by the Club’s Executive Director, JR Dzubak, and Club staff, Priscilla Alfaro.