Student Ambassadors Share Taiwanese Culture in Chile
Six students, traveling under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Youth Ambassadors program, spent two weeks communicating and interacting with students at two universities in Chile in June. Despite the extremely long flight and the frigid Southern Hemisphere winter, the students relished their experience of sharing their local Taiwanese culture and learning about life in Chile. Indeed, they all felt they came away with the experiences and memories of a lifetime.
This year, the youth ambassadors program sponsored 43 groups from 25 universities. Offered a choice of 38 countries, these NTU students knew that Chile was their preferred destination. Representing six different majors, each participant had studied Spanish for at least three years.
Prof. Luisa Shu-ying Chang, who is the deputy dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a Spanish professor of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, led the students on their 40-hour flight to Santiago on June 17. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chile arranged their schedule in Chile, highlighted by visits to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, which is a partner university of NTU, as well as San Sebastián University.
The students spotlighted Taiwan’s diversity by games and handson activities to teach the Chilean students about life in Taiwan, including an aboriginal dance, calligraphy, hand puppets, Mandarin pop songs, cooking, film, and NTU. The Chilean friends expressed their deep interest in Taiwanese culture and cuisine, and were especially enthusiastic about the dancing and singing.
Throughout their Chilean adventure, the student ambassadors were moved by the warmth and hospitality of their hosts. They not only improved their Spanish and broadened their international perspective, they made many new friends.