Working holidays help young see world: Ma
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday noted that Taiwan has established working holiday agreements with many countries and these programs help young people see the world.
January 6, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Ma made the remarks while meeting with representatives from the Junior Chamber International (JCI).
The president said the working holiday agreements are meant to give young people a chance to support their own foreign trips.
He pointed out that he started a regional volunteer corps five years ago to promote friendship between Taiwan's young people and others in other parts of the world. So far 720,000 people have taken part in the program, he added.
The president noted that JCI is an important group which has a worldwide membership of about 350,000, more than 10,000 of whom are in Taiwan. He added it was an important event for both Taiwan and the international group that Taipei hosted the JCI World Congress in November 2012.
He said that although he is not a JCI member, he has often taken part in activities arranged by the group. He disclosed that about 30 years ago he took part in a road-run activity arranged by the group in Taipei, where he logged a best ever personal record.
“That's why I always remember the Junior Chamber,” said Ma, who loves jogging and swimming.