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International volunteers share experiences with local students

2012/08/15 19:51:41

Hsinchu, Aug. 15 (CNA) A group of seven international volunteers helped junior high school students get an insight into global organizations and life experiences in different countries in a camp that began Wednesday in Hsinchu City, northern Taiwan.

The volunteers, who are university students from Poland, the Czech Republic and Indonesia, offered their views on global organizations, different cultures and life experiences in different countries to 50 children in a series of discussions conducted in English, the camp organizers said.

One of the Polish volunteers said that the Taiwanese children have good English but are too shy to speak up.

One of the students from Hsinchu's Pei-Ying Junior High School said he could understand most of what the volunteers said and was happy to have the chance to practice speaking English at the camp.

To encourage the children to use their English, a series of dramas has been scheduled that will be staged in English on the third day of the three-day camp, said the International Association of Students in Economics and Management (AIESEC) chapter at Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University, which organized the camp.

Since its establishment in 1948, AIESEC now has more than 60,000 members in 110 countries and territories and is the world's largest student-driven organization focusing on youth leadership development.

(By Huang Yen-yu and Jamie Wang)