Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Foreign students are being invited to join a volunteer program at Taiwan's mountain resorts this summer as part of an effort to promote the country's tourism among young adults, the organizers said Friday.
The Council of Agriculture, in collaboration with the world's largest student-run organization AIESEC, is aiming to recruit 16 foreign and 32 local volunteers to work at mountain resorts during the peak tourist months of July and August.
They will serve as tour guides and activity organizers and will also help with environmental protection and maintenance, according to Weng Li-hsin, a section chief at the Forest Recreation Division of the council's Forestry Bureau.
"It will be a great opportunity for local and foreign students to connect with nature," Weng said. "Making friends from around the world would be a bonus."
The volunteers will be asked to write blogs about their experience so that more people can learn about Taiwan's beauty, she said.
The youth volunteer idea evolved from a small project last year that proved to be a success, Weng told the Central News Agency.
The Jhihben Forest Recreation Area in eastern Taiwan invited three young students from Canada, Malaysia and Singapore to help out last summer and they shared their experience online, she said.
Interested persons can obtain more information about the volunteer program at: http://recreation.forest.gov.tw/RA_En_JP/RA_Courier_EN.aspx
(By James Lee)