About Our Programs
Presently, Beyond Education Ltd. Company has developed and facilitates two main programs: our Cultural and Language Program and our Service-Learning program. Both programs overlap in various aspects, but differ in the primary learning goals.
Our programs are designed to aid schools using an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. We aim to help students develop skills and learning outcomes that meet their IB requirements and are continuously working with school administrators to make sure that their learning goals are met.
While these are our main programs, they do not limit our capabilities. We look into every opportunity to help develop your students into successful adults, and will work with schools to develop a personalized program that works for them.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like to partner with us in creating a program for your organization.
Some of the schools we have worked with:
Cultural and language learning takes place when students are totally engaged and challenged to speak and live within the culture that they are studying. We aim to provide that total immersion while providing students with the tools they need in order to build their knowledge and skills.
These programs focus on the history, politics, food, and habits of the peoples of Taiwan and can be adapted to various age groups of both local and international students. They take place over a 7 to 14 day program period all across Taiwan and are limited to 30 students.
Local groups will study more of Hakka and Aboriginal culture, comparing and contrasting it with more familiar Han culture and history. They will learn about the customs, lifestyle, and religions of these groups through interaction and application. They will interview aboriginal peers and be given many other opportunities to encourage, contrast, and analyse differences in value propositions between themselves and the aboriginal students.
International groups will learn about Han culture as well as that of the Hakka and Aboriginal peoples and will get to see how these cultures have formed modern Taiwan. Students will learn to use the public transportation system in Taiwan and will visit museums, plantations, farms, night markets, schools, and villages. Each outing will require them to practice their language and cultural skills in order to order food and complete tasks assigned to them.
Many regional programs have gotten away from service learning and have become camps based around leadership or enjoyment away from daily life.
We believe that hands-on learning is imperative for the development of the student. Service learning does not mean simply watching or visiting rural or poor areas for a few hours before returning to camp facilities, but rather by doing, helping, and measuring results against a pre-approved plan. Service learning implies that students actually engage in service and learn through this participation.
Service learning students will participate in building projects, teaching at schools, working with elderly, and any other opportunities to expand their perspectives while improving work ethic, cognitive development, and critical thinking skills. These groups with learn the importance of civic responsibility and moral development in order to become better leaders and successful scholars and workers throughout their future.
These programs are held at our Pingtung site at the Ying Da Farm in Pingtung County, Taiwan. This is located about 1 hour away from both the High Speed Rail station and the Kaohsiung International Airport. We take up to 100 students for these programs.
Whenever possible, we prefer to work with student leaders to help them develop and learn to execute their own programs. This better meets the requirements of the IB programs for service learning, as well as makes for a more meaningful cultural experience. The process is designed to teach students how to work together and how teams and tasks are integral to the health and functioning of the overall community.