By Marion V. Ali
A group of students who are attending top universities in Taiwan left Belize this week after they staged a super cultural presentation for Belizeans on Monday night at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts in Belize City.
The students, youth ambassadors chosen by their country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are part of a bigger group which was sent worldwide to represent Taiwan to share their culture through music, dance and drama.
The leader of the group, Ambassador David Lee, told The Reporter that this year Taiwan expanded the program and selected 128 youth ambassadors from 44 universities and colleges who are pursuing degrees in a variety of subjects to travel abroad. They undergo six weeks of intensive training and split into eight groups to visit 32 countries and 36 cities in Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa and West Africa.
Youth ambassadors, Jeffrey Tseng and Janice Hsu told The Reporter that the extra hours of training and practising was worth the time away from technological gadgets and friends because becoming youth ambassadors for their country is such a prestigious title that it puts them in a good position to be selected as diplomatic ambassadors in the future.
While here the youth ambassadors conducted meetings, attended seminars, staged performances in dance and musical themes and in their spare time visited the Maya temples.
Taiwan’s International Youth Ambassador exchanges have been ongoing since 2009.