Camp helps youth from former Soviet states learn more about life in Taiwan
A group of young professionals from Russia and former Soviet states are participating in a program in Taiwan that they said has helped them learn more about the country’s development.
The 2015 International Youth Leadership Camp, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has brought together 18 participants from Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan to Taiwan from Aug. 21-31.
“It is a great opportunity for us to know Taiwan, its history, its culture and its people,” said Aynura Gasimova of Azerbaijan during a reception held by the ministry Friday to welcome the foreign participants.
The 30-year-old noted that there is not much information about Taiwan in her country, and that she hoped such events will help increase awareness in the former Soviet countries about Taiwan.
Employed in the news media, Gasimova said she was impressed by Taiwan’s beautiful landscapes, delicious food and friendly people, as well as the development of science-driven industries and health care services.
She also expressed hope that both countries will find more ways to cooperate and share experiences with each other.
Aram Kocharyan from Armenia said he appreciated the opportunity to visit different places in Taiwan, giving him a chance to learn more about various aspects of Taiwan, from culture to technology development.
The program was an opportunity for the participants to become an ambassador for Taiwan when they return to their home country, said the 24-year old, a teaching assistant at a university.
In his remarks, Deputy Foreign Min- ister Simon Ko said the program not only introduces Taiwan’s culture and food, but also includes talks on the improvement of the cross-Taiwan Strait relations and Taiwan’s international relations.
Noting that eight Taiwanese young adults are accompanying the foreign visitors, Ko said it creates an opportunity for promoting international exchanges between young people.
The foreign participants are aged from 21-34 and they come from government agencies, parliaments, the news media and non-government organizations, the ministry said.
The International Youth Camp program, which was launched in 2009, is aimed at building an understanding of Taiwan among international youth as part of the government’s efforts to promote the country’s international image, according to the ministry.