Study Tour

 

We are happy to announce the details of the 10 Study Tour choices. Each tour has a maximum capacity of 40 people so please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Please note that registration for 4WCWS does not guarantee you will be able to attend a study tour. Once places are full, study tour registration will close.  Lunch is included, but we can only offer two options of vegetarian and non-vegetarian. If you have other dietary needs please bring your own food. The study tour language will be English only. Schedules are subject to change. The estimated departure time of 08:30 and return time of 17:00 may vary from tour to tour, depending on traffic and travel distance. The pick-up and drop-off point is outside the 4WCWS venue at Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. 

Please note that you must register for 4WCWS and pay for your registration fee (unless you are a scholarship recipient) before you can sign up for a Study Tour. 

Once you sign up for a study tour, you cannot change your choice. 

Study tour

Date: Nov 8, 2019 (Fri.)

Time: 08:30-17:00* (*estimated time)

Capacity of each tour: 40 people

Tour 1

Women & Child Welfare (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Women’s Center + Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Children Welfare Service Center → Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (Vegan lunch)

Focus of visit:

1.  Spaces specifically established by the government for women; connection with local women’s organizations.

2.  Spaces specifically established by the government for children/adolescents; education on parenting skills.

3.  Tour of a religious center.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Women’s Center

Address: 777, Jiuru 1st Rd., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-3979680

A platform for the women of Kaohsiung related to recreation, growth, connection among women’s organizations, and giving women a voice for the purpose of promoting their rights, interests, and development as well as gender equality.

What we do/provide:

Various classes directed at women’s education and growth;

Connection between women’s organizations;

Proposals regarding social issues, government policies, and services;

Spaces: we have established Taiwan’s first “Women’s Historical Records Room” and “Women’s Space” as well as a women’s resource center, audiovisual classroom, and aerobics/dance classroom; and

Consultation services via the Kaohsiung Women’s Consultation Hotline.

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Children Welfare Service Center

Address: 777, Jiuru 1st Rd., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-3850535

Established in accordance with the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act, the center provides children with spaces to play, learn, and receive counseling and also promotes parenting education and high-quality child education and care.

What we do/provide:

Event venue services;

A)      Child welfare volunteer jobs;

B)      Family growth events through which children with  developmental delays are referred to professionals and  may thus obtain early intervention;

C)      Investigation for court custody cases via field visits;

D)      Promotion of parenting education;

E)      Initiation of a childcare research center.

 

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Kaohsiung’s largest facility which advocates the integration of Buddhist principles into lifestyle.

 

 

Tour 2

Tien-Ching Massage Center (08:30AM~17:00PM) 

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Women, Children, Youth Center + Kaohsiung Tien-Ching Women Wish Association (meridian massages) → Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (Vegan lunch)

Focus of visit:

1.  Social welfare spaces and resources for women and adolescents in general.

2.  Personal development stories of women gaining employment and serving as volunteers in their communities.

3.  Tour of a religious center.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Women, Children, Youth Center

Address: 120, Sec. 2, Guangfu Rd., Fengshan Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-7466900

The center is the largest integrated social welfare organization in Fengshan that provides spaces for various events/services related to personal development, family/marriage issues, social participation/social services, recreational events, and welfare amenities for children, adolescents, women, and the general public.

What we do/provide:

       1.     Spaces for recreation, growth, reading, and various social welfare events for families with children of ages 0-6, women, and adolescents.

       2.     Services/programs:

A)       Community college for women, education, promotion of women’s organization operations, and promotion of women’s economic empowerment to help them boost their economic status; and

B)       Events centered on family relationships and picture-book reading, encouraging adolescents to participate on community service platforms, and a guidance counseling network.

 

Kaohsiung Tien-Ching Women Wish Association

Address: 73, Songjiang St., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-3229588

The association has provided assistance for years to women in marriages on the verge of collapse, female divorcees, and single-parent mothers in an effort to help them achieve independence in the aspects of finances, emotions, character, and knowledge. We took part in opening classes for learning meridian massage techniques through the use of an ox horn (or other similar instruments). Over 100 women have taken the classes to improve their personal health, promote positive interaction in the family, and gain a means of earning income to achieve economic independence. We have also brought them to rural communities (such as Qishan, Shanlin, and Namaxia) to provide services to senior citizens at local care centers, instilling the concept of giving back to society after benefitting from it as well as giving women a chance to practice their massage skills, in turn boosting their confidence about gaining employment.

What we do/provide:

A)  A center for instruction on fostering a good marriage, classes on restoring relationships and growth;

B)  A learning center at which women are taught how to prepare for life as a senior citizen; and

C)   A center for employment assistance (Tien-Ching Meridian Massage Center).

 

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

Kaohsiung’s largest facility which advocates the integration of Buddhist principles into lifestyle. 

 

Tour 3

Brilliant Life Middle-aged Women Association (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Senior Citizen Services Center + Kaohsiung Brilliant Life Women’s Vision Association →Dome of light + ferry ride in Qijin

Focus of visit:

1.    Connections and operations of a social welfare resource network for elderly women.

2.    Achievements related to middle-aged women’s self-directed learning and how they become advocates in their communities.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Senior Citizen Services Center

Address: 51, Siwei 2nd Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-7710055

Aimed at increasing welfare work for senior citizens, the center was established on October 10, 1997, to provide recreation, education, entertainment, daytime care, physical therapy, and consulting services as well as assistance with thorough planning for the future. It has become a hub of welfare services for the elderly by integrating public and private organizations involved in such field, comprehensively boosting the quality of assistance provided.

 

Kaohsiung Brilliant Life Women’s Vision Association

Address: 2F, 62, Huanghai St., Xinxing Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-2294060

The association’s mission is to promote mutual concern, learning, and encouragement among its members; cultivate their capacity to care for themselves and thus be able to provide care to others; and empower middle-aged women through support and care, enabling them to participate in society.

What we do/provide:

       1.     Psychological counseling, group counseling, a support hotline, and social welfare information;

       2.     Professional training, career planning assistance, women’s rights/interests advocacy; and

       3.     Volunteer services and community services.

 

 

Dome of light/ferry ride in Qijin

Visit the famous Kaohsiung MRT landmark and take the ferry to experience the birthplace of Kaohsiung. It is also the birthplace of Kaohsiung Harbor. It was the place where the ships traveled in the early days.

 

Tour 4

Fule Elderly Center (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Datong Fule Learning Center → British Consulate at Takow (cultural park) + ferry ride in Kaohsiung Harbor

Focus of visit:

Social welfare service policy and implementation for elderly women.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Fule Senior Citizen Learning and Daytime Care Center (Datong Fule Learning Center)

Address: 231, Datong 1st Rd., Xinxing Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-2619277

“Back to School!”

Jointly established by the Kaohsiung Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital and the Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association, the center provides senior citizens who are disabled or have dementia with daytime care, health promotion, physical therapy, and recreational services in unused classrooms at Datong Elementary School in Xinxing District. The center seeks to allow elderly people the feeling of being young and going to school through various activities, at the same time bringing another aspect of liveliness to the school.

Ferry ride in Kaohsiung Harbor /The pier2 Art Center(British Consulate at Takow (cultural park)

Shoushan has a beautiful view from above of the Kaohsiung Harbor (once the world’s third busiest harbor). After that, we will hike along an old path and visit two buildings of the British Consulate (built in 1879) to see cultural vestiges left by the British long ago. Finally, we will take a ferry trip in the harbor to Hongmaogang Cultural Park to see even more cultural relics from the past.

 

Tour 5

Child Daycare Center (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Xinxing District Public Child Daycare Centers → Ferry ride in Kaohsiung Harbor /The pier2 Art Center(British Consulate at Takow (cultural park)

Focus of visit:

Learn about the achievements of public daycare support and assistance for women with children.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Xinxing District Public Child Daycare Centers

Address: 321, Minsheng 1st Rd., Xinxing Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-2150751

With the overall aim of making Kaohsiung a city of high-quality childcare services, the Social Affairs Bureau began turning rarely-used public spaces into public child daycare centers in 2012 to assist families with childcare and allow children to develop in safe environments. Each center employs one nurse and multiple childcare professionals based on the number of children registered. The service is available to children under the age of 2 at the low price of NTD9,000 per month. In addition, parents/guardians may apply for a monthly subsidy of NTD3,000. Children from disadvantaged families have registration priority

 

Ferry ride in Kaohsiung Harbor /The pier2 Art Center(British Consulate at Takow (cultural park)

Shoushan has a beautiful view from above of the Kaohsiung Harbor (once the world’s third busiest harbor). After that, we will hike along an old path and visit two buildings of the British Consulate (built in 1879) to see cultural vestiges left by the British long ago. Finally, we will take a ferry trip in the harbor to Hongmaogang Cultural Park to see even more cultural relics from the past.

 

Tour 6

Fumin Elderly Women & Child Center (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Fumin Senior Citizen Center + Childcare Resource Center → Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Lake + Zhouzai Wetlands Park

Focus of visit:

Community support resources for elderly women, children, and adolescents.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/site

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Fumin Senior Citizen Center + Childcare Resource Center

Address: 1 and 2F, 435, Fumin Rd., Zuoying Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-5561665

In response to the diversity of welfare needs of an aging population, Ya Lei Charity is working with the government in actively propelling the policies of aging-in-place and community-based welfare so as to provide services to the elderly in their own communities. In using floors 1 and 2 of the Fumin Public Housing Complex in Zuoying, we have enlarged the existing Changqing Center. Furthermore, in providing childcare policy support in order to help families with the burden of caring for their children, we have cooperated with the Jing Chuan Child Safety Foundation in establishing a childcare resource center on the second floor.

 

On these floors are a comfortable reading room where senior citizens may read, play Chinese chess, view pieces of art, rest, and socialize, as well as a multipurpose classroom where classes of various types of content are offered and allow for both active and passive participation. The facility provides a safe place for infants/young children and their parents to play, daycare consultation services, parenting courses, grandparenting services, and grandparenting support programs.

   

Lotus Lake Scenic Area + Zhouzai Wetlands Park

With radiant lotuses growing around the edges of Lotus Lake, it was declared one of the eight major scenic sites of the Fengshan (present-day Kaohsiung) area. It is also known for the beautiful late-afternoon reflection of nearby Banping Hill and the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. And at night, a fog that forms over the lake gives the whole scene a mysterious look.

The perimeter of the lake is pleasantly dotted with pavilions and willows. Points of historical and scenic interest include the old city wall, Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Wuli Pavilion, Spring and Autumn Pavilions, Qiming Temple, and Temple of Confucius.

 

Tour 7

DV Center & Family Court (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center + Kaohsiung Juvenile and Family Court Domestic Violence Center → Taiwan Sugar Museum + Ten-drum Ciaotou Creative Park

Focus of visit:

1.     Government policy and its implementation for domestic violence victims.

2.     Judicial process assistance for domestic violence victims.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center

Address: 10F, 86, Minquan 1st Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-5355920

By means of collaboration between social, law enforcement, health and welfare, and educational organizations, the center seeks to enhance the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as increase protection for minors. We have a 24-hour protection hotline and offer emergency rescue services all day as well as related assistance and services to help victims escape from violent environments and become independent.

We also carry out work related to family resilience and preservation to promote healthy development for minors and protect their rights and interests. Through services that offer comfort and accompaniment, we seek to stabilize people’s lives and thus make the home a place of safety. These measures are directed toward creating a comprehensive safety net and making Kaohsiung a wonderful, healthy, safe city with zero tolerance for violence.  

 

 

Domestic Violence Incident Service Center

Address: 89, Changde Rd., Nanzi Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-3573511 ext. 295

Garden of Hope and the Kaohsiung Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center jointly established the Domestic Violence Incident Service Center within Taiwan’s first Kaohsiung Juvenile and Family Court to provide domestic violence victims with help from social workers in learning judicial process concepts, drawing up safety plans, obtaining social resources, and more during the judicial processing of their cases.

 

 

Taiwan Sugar Museum + Ten-drum Ciaotou Creative Park

Taisugar’s Kaohsiung factory, built in 1901 (during the Japanese occupation) and originally named “Ciaozaitou Sugar Factory,” is an important symbol of Taiwan’s modernization as it was Taiwan’s first sugar factory to become mechanized. The factory commissioned scrap parts from an old sugar industry train engine to artist Liu Dingzan in the making of a 4.2-meter-long, 2,300-kilogram sculpture named Red Bug, which took one year to make and is the first piece of art to be made from the parts of a century-old train engine. In addition, the sugar factory has integrated an exhibition space for the Ten-drum Art Percussion Group and blends in beautifully with the local natural ecology.

 

Tour 8

Ruth Girls Shelter (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Ruth Home for Girls → Chi Mei Museum

Focus of visit:

Learn about methods used to empower young women and the resulting achievements.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Ruth Home for Girls

Address: 3F, 3, Kaixuan 1st Rd., Lingya Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-2237995

The Ruth Home for Girls was founded through the joint effort of Garden of Hope and the Kaohsiung City Government. It is Kaohsiung’s/Taiwan’s first government-established yet privately-run long-term shelter for female minors with unfortunate circumstances. Those who are admitted are girls of ages 12 – 18 who have been sexually assaulted, are not adequately cared for, come from homes of domestic violence, etc. While here, they are provided with accompaniment and training for empowerment and self-reliance.

 

 

Chi Mei Museum

Address: Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Rende Dist., Tainan City
Phone: +886 (0)6 2660808

Located in Rende District of Tainan, the museum was established by Chi Mei founder Hsu Wen-long and boasts the largest collection among Taiwan’s private museums. Most of the items on exhibit are Western pieces in the four categories of visual art, musical instruments, weapons, and natural history. It boasts the world’s largest collection of violins, including some of the best violins produced by the world’s greatest violin makers. It further has Taiwan’s most complete collection of Western paintings and sculptures with the goal of offering a basic overview of Western art history.

 

Tour 9

Indigenous Children’s Home (08:30AM~17:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Qishan Social Welfare Service Center → Meinong Hakka Cultural Museum + Zhuzaimen Hydroelectric Power Plant

Focus of visit:

Women are assisted with learning/growth and provided with professional family services.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau Qishan Social Welfare Service Center

Address: 199, Zhongzheng Rd., Qishan Dist., Kaohsiung

Phone: +886-7-6617464

To provide a social safety net, this general social welfare service center was founded to provide welfare benefit application assistance, consultation, support, community/public-use spaces, resources, and services to vulnerable and high-risk families.

Meinong Hakka Cultural Museum + Zhuzaimen Hydroelectric Power Plant

The museum is a great place to learn about Hakka culture. With multimedia displays, actual cultural relics, photos, texts, videos, replicas, ecological landscaping, and interactive exhibits, visitors will experience the interactive relationship between Hakka culture and the environment.

 

Tour 10

Tainan Social welfare (08:30AM~18:00PM)

Route:

Kaohsiung Exhibition Center → Ruth Long-term Care Center for the Elderly (Nursing Home) of the Tainan Lin Chenghui Foundation → Light Through the Cracks Art Exhibition at the Patriotic Women’s Association → Tour of Old Tainan Landmarks

Focus of visit:

1.     Community care and aging-in-place care.

2.     Anti-gender-based-violence art exhibition.

Organizations/sites to be visited

About the organizations/sites

 

Tainan Lin Chenghui Foundation

Address: 89, Lin’an Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan

Phone: +886-6-358-8670

The foundation was established in 1952 when founder Frank Lin (Lin Chenghui) began providing shelter in Tainan for lepers in the spirit of Jesus Christ’s love and sacrifice. The work expanded to provide care and guidance to the disadvantaged. In 2013, a new chapter began as the foundation became involved in long-term care for the elderly. In 2016, the foundation established the Ruth Long-term Care Center for the Elderly, which operates under the principles of the Japanese “unit care” model. This model incorporates the aspects of family, society, lifestyle, the individual, and resident-friendliness so as to allow people to age in their own community and give them an environment of compassionate care and community life.

 

Light Through the Cracks Art Exhibition at the Patriotic Women’s Association

The Patriotic Women’s Association was originally established in Japan and later brought to Taiwan. It served as a major women’s organization during WWII. Most of the members were highly educated women of the upper class. Their mission was to promote local construction and provide social welfare services. The headquarters were in Taipei, and they founded this branch in Tainan, which was built in 1920. It is a mixture of Japanese and Western architecture, and its floor with a pattern of stacked cubes is quite unique. The wooden structure inside and the tatami-covered floors in the rooms upstairs give the place a strong sense of Japanese culture. Art exhibitions are frequently held here.

The Light Through the Cracks art exhibition has been organized by the Tainan branch of GOH. The exhibition seeks to allow viewers to understand how their gender values have been molded and how violence erupts as a result of biased and discriminatory gender cognition due to the gender constructs and gender imbalance within traditional culture, society, and family interaction. Another goal of the exhibition is to encourage people to actively help those who suffer from gender-related oppression. 

Ai-shin Material sharing Center

Address: 89, Lin’an Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan

Phone: 06-358-5385

 

“ Ai-shih Material sharing Center” is the first material sharing center in Tainan at 2011 , with the purpose of providing free living materials for the disadvantages families as referred by social welfare organizations, social workers as well as the community leader. The purpose for the establishment of the center is on the one hand provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged women and on other hand provide second-hand materials to the disadvantaged families at Tainan City through the non-profit re-sale and sharing of these items. We invite you to join us, and donate your used goods to those disadvantaged families in need.

 

 

Tour of Old Tainan Landmarks

 

A)         Confucius Temple:

This is Taiwan’s first temple dedicated to Confucius and was the initiation of Confucian studies in Taiwan, hence its also being known as the “first academy of Taiwan.” The Confucius Temple Cultural Park holds the centuries-old temple as its core, and there are also several major old monuments and streets in the area, situated in a way to emphasize a feeling of space. This is the first attraction in Tainan created as a cultural park.

B)         Chihkan Cultural Park:

The Chihkan Tower (originally “Fort Provintia”) was the center of development in Old Tainan. It is one of only a few cultural parks in Taiwan that contains architecture characteristic of the styles of the Dutch and the Kingdom of Tungning (a short-lived 17th-century government in Taiwan).

C)         Anping Fisherman’s Wharf:

Originally a fish market, the area is now a recreational park, and the original pumping station has been made into an activity center. All the walls are made of glass, giving it the appearance of an ornately crafted glass house. At the top, you may enjoy a nice breeze and a beautiful view of Anping Harbor.

D)        Eternal Golden Castle:

Also known as the Erkunshen Battery, this was Taiwan’s first Western-style fort. It has a moat filled with seawater and old cannons at the top.