85 participants from all over the country joined Tzu Chi Foundation in a three-day volunteer’s camp held in Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Sta. Mesa, Manila from February 22 to 24, 2019.
Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines welcomed 85 participants from all over the country to a three-day Volunteers’ Camp held at Tzu Chi Great Love Campus (TCGLC) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
On February 22-24, Tzu Chi Foundation conducted a volunteer camp for individuals who aspired to become Tzu Chi volunteers in the future. With “Spreading Good Seeds for a Meaningful Life” as the theme of the camp, Tzu Chi’s mission; vision were introduced to the participants.
Dharma Masters 德倪 (De Ni) and 德偌(De Ruo) from Jing Si Abode along with other speakers from Tzu Chi main office and Da Ai Technology from Taiwan flew in to attend the event as well.
The event was conducted in the newly renovated Harmony Building in TCGLC fifteen years since the last Volunteers’ Camp held in Tagaytay.
Tzu Chi volunteers introduced the foundation’s etiquette to the participants on the first night of the camp.
“… In our first night, the first lesson is (about) Tzu Chi Etiquette and Buddhist Etiquette because two (dharma masters) are here and the participants need to know how to interact with them.” said Tzu Chi volunteer Lino Sy.
The guests learned table manners like the proper way of sitting and the correct way of holding the eating utensils. They also learned the proper Buddhist etiquette in bowing or showing respect appropriately.
“I think when we cultivate good habits, when we keep practicing and practicing them, we become more mindful. (We) become more conscientious.” said camp participant Maica Ho.
Maica Ho said she would share what she learned from the camp to her peers. The camp tackled several topics about Tzu Chi’s missions and footprints, one of which is environmental protection, a topic that is close to Maica’s heart.
“I will share what I learned with my friends and my other schoolmates. I will share with them the experience I’ve gone through and maybe even encourage them to come with me next year or to the youth camp.” she said.
The participants foresee the importance of the lessons in building better character for one’s self.
“We eat everyday but we never realized the importance of a proper etiquette to make us more presentable.” said Cai Xia Fang- one of the participant.
The participants of the camp will learn more about the history, activities and missions of the foundation as the camp progresses.