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Description of the OCAC 2018 Taiwan Youth and Overseas Expatriate Bridging Program

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The OCAC will once again hold its Taiwan Youth and Overseas Expatriate Bridging Program in 2018 as a way to broaden the horizons of Taiwan’s youth and increase their understanding of the OCAC’s tasks as well as provide opportunities to interact with overseas expatriates. 
Through the 2018 Taiwan Youth and Overseas Expatriate Bridging Program, 192 Taiwanese students between the ages of 20 and 26 will be sent to 25 cities around the world during the summer. Locations include Japan (Tokyo), the Philippines (Manila), Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Indonesia (Jakarta), Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne), New Zealand (Auckland), the U.S.A. (Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Atlanta, and Miami), Canada (Toronto, Vancouver), France (Paris), U.K. (London), and Germany (Berlin). Youth will take part in a seven-day internship. Activities include visiting the culture center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, local expatriate associations and mainstream institutions. Additionally, participants will engage in various events held by the overseas community and have the opportunity to stay with a host family. Through personal experience, Taiwan youth will gain a deeper understanding of the struggles that overseas expatriates have faced abroad in addition to the awareness of the economic and political situations in other nations.
As a result of holding this program, the OCAC aims to establish a bridge between Taiwanese youth and the overseas community to increase the opportunities for their interactions. Young people will thus gain a personal understanding of the importance of the OCAC’s organizational functions as well as broaden their own horizons.
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