20th IAVE World Volunteer Conference
In July, 2005, five students from the Department of Information Management of
Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan went to Mae Sot, a town at the border of Thailand and Burma, as a part of their thesis about overseas e-service. In 2006, they recruited other young volunteers, formed a “Thai-Burmese Border IT Volunteers (TBBITV),” and started to formulate a project, “Assisting the border of Thai-Burma in reducing the digital divide, building 'Mae Tao Clinic Digital Opportunity Center'” sponsored by the Government and the private enterprises, like Acer Volunteer Team and Shinkong Life Foundation. The aim was to promote the e-service reducing the digital illiteracy. In 2007, TBBITV applied to The Ministry of the Interior for a registration as an NGO under the name of “Youth E-Service (YES), Taiwan.” Over the past two years, under the spirit of “Not only Computer Made in Taiwan, But also 'E-Service from Taiwan' ”, YES continued to call for young volunteers, reaching nearly 50 people, to provide e-service and to help bridge the digital gap between the border of Thailand and Burma. Besides YES successively raises hardware from the private enterprises and carries on the operation for Mae Tao Clinic Digital Opportunity Center. Each year, YES persistently recruits young IT volunteers to the Mae Tao Clinic and NGOs in Mae Sot to provide local workers and teaches with training programs in information education. In addition, YES holds camps to promote information education for students at Burma migrant-workers schools and Thai village schools.
Submitted by: IAVE IRC