Youth envoy exchange resumes with visit to Palau

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  • By Lu Yi-hsuan and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Personal Reporter, with a personal editor

The international exchange program for young ambassadors is to resume this year with the recruitment of 30 envoys to travel to Palau in August, the Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Director General of the NGO International Affairs Department, Constance Wang (王雪虹), made the announcement at a weekly press conference.

The program is returning after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic as border restrictions ease in many countries and vaccination rates increase, Wang said.

Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

The Youth Ambassador Program offers young Taiwanese the opportunity to participate in international exchange activities. This year, it plans to recruit 20 young envoys with expertise in English advertising and 10 with specialties in cultural talents, Wang said.

Applications from Taiwanese students under the age of 35 are accepted until July 14, she said.

Youth representatives should be given the opportunity to use their expertise to promote a positive image of Taiwan through meetings, studies, volunteer work and cultural diplomacy while in Palau, she said. .

They also need to gain direct experience in government diplomacy when dealing with any of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies, Wang said.

With climate change and marine conservation being major concerns for Palau, the program encourages students who care about issues such as sustainability and environmental protection to apply, she said.

Successful applicants will need to comply with disease prevention policies in Taiwan and Palau, and should have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine before applying, she said.

Application forms can be downloaded from the ministry’s website at www.mofa.gov.tw and should be sent by registered mail to the NGO International Affairs Department by July 14.

For more information, an email can be sent to [email protected], or call (02) 2348-2017 during working hours, the ministry said.

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