41-nation youth ambassador program opens up for applicants aged 18 to 35
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's youth ambassador program is now open for applications, allowing students to travel overseas to 41 countries worldwide to promote the nation's soft power and conduct cultural exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced yesterday.
March 5, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
“The program is aimed at expanding their horizons and also increasing the world's understanding of Taiwan,” Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih (史亞平) said at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.
Applications are open to Taiwanese aged 18 to 35. MOFA will select 40 teams, with each team consisting of six students and one school staff member.
Upon selection, they will travel to 41 nations in Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as North and South America, for a stay of up to 14 days in June through September.
Unlike the program in previous years that focused on recruiting youths specializing in the arts, Shih said the program this year will be expanded to other areas such as computer science, public health, kung fu and Chinese-language teaching.
Some of the teams will be on a mission to promote woodball, a game derived from golf and croquet invented in Taiwan, Shih said.
Those who are interested in joining the program should submit a proposal to the Foreign Ministry by mail by the end of March.
The ministry will announce the selected teams at the end of April following a screening process, it added.
For more details on the youth ambassador program, call (02) 2789-6527.