從世大運志工看見台灣軟實力──教育局曾燦金局長專訪

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.”

世大運,一場有「小奧運」之稱的國際重要賽事,將在今日於台北田徑場正式開幕。而在近一萬三千多位國際選手、教練們參與的龐大體系背後,一群無償付出的志工,正是撐起這場活動的基石。

台北市教育局負責本次統籌世大運的國際志工及學生志工培訓,而我們有幸專訪到台北市政府教育局局長曾燦金,談論關於此次世大運志工的工作管理事項,以及志工培訓的落實重點。

局長說,培訓的重點便是向志工們介紹這次台灣是如何舉辦世大運,希望使其了解世大運的核心價值。好比本次二十二項競賽項目,扣除必辦的十四項及一項試辦,為了發揮屬於我們的主場優勢,其餘選辦的七個項目是以對台灣較為有利的競賽項目為主。除此之外,教育局也教導志工如何結合地緣關係、個人專長和特質與大眾介紹世大運。

至於志工的徵招,教育局最初先請了16個學校負責召集志工、舉辦招生說明會及做策略聯盟,並透過新聞媒體、縣市政府機關發布消息,且積極與大學社團接洽,整合虛擬及實際的管道,向大眾傳達徵求志工的訊息。

作為一個志工,除了《志願服務法》規定須滿十八歲以上的基本條件之外,最重要的還是所謂對服務的熱忱,看似抽象,卻是台灣最原始而強烈的特質

局長說:「最為重要的還是價值觀及信念,能不能代表城市和台灣去展現軟實力,展現我們的友善。」

無論身在何處,所有參與的志工皆付出自己的所長,在世大運的各個角落,各司其職,代表著台北,甚至台灣,作為此次市大運最堅強的後盾。

對於愛創網即將獨立拍攝的世大運紀錄片,局長表示:「紀錄片是對志工最好的鼓勵,這是很有意義的活動,我們應該要支持,如果有什麼需要,也能來跟我們討論。」

 

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