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(1)Background

In order to encourage international engagement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has actively promoted the signing of working holiday agreements with other countries. The program, in which 220,000 youth have participated since its launch in 2004, has helped young people broaden their international perspectives and increase their global competitiveness through cross-cultural experiences, as well as through development of risk assessment and management skills and cultivation of interpersonal skills and international friendships.

(2)Holiday first, work second

The program—which emphasizes holiday first, work second—is designed to foster in-depth cultural exploration and boost international exchanges among young people. Under the program, people between the ages of 18 and 35 can visit Taiwan to experience different cultures and lifestyles, as well as study language, take part in short-term courses, or work legally.