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Friday, April 13, 2012

Learning about Taiwan

Angie Chang & Jody Tu
Teenagers nowadays spend much more time in the virtual world than in the real world. Therefore, in order to encourage young adults to experience and learn things different from things in their daily routine, The National Youth Commission sponsors the Youth Travel Spots in Taiwan project. Young adults can learn more about Taiwanese culture and about Taiwan’s social and natural environment by participating in the activities in this project. Moreover, participants can become involved in public affairs.      

Image courtesy Taiwan National Youth Commission
The Youth Travel Spots in Taiwan project is for young people from around the world who are between the ages of 15 and 30. The project contains 3 kinds of activities: Taiwan exploration, self challenge, and social service. The Taiwan exploration activities include cultural, tribal, ecological, farming, and fishing experiences. The self challenge activities focus on physical conditioning, and the social service activities focus on volunteering. (Video courtesy Taiwan National Youth Commission via YouTube)
These activities give young adults a chance to spend a weekend and get involved in exploring features of Taiwan. After completing their activities, they will be more concerned about public affairs and identify themselves with Taiwan. Thus, these activities strengthen the relationship between young adults and local public affairs. During these activities, these young people participate in other people‘s lives and experience lifestyles much different from what they are used to. They learn something they could not get from their daily lives and expand their vision of the world.
If the Youth Travel Spots in Taiwan project sounds like something you would like to try, visit their webpage. 
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