The Formosa Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2009 Ambassador Program, to be held in Washington D.C. from June 15 through 26. Go here for more details.
Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of the web page. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2009.
The Ambassador Program is recruiting up to 30 American and Taiwanese college/graduate students (or recently graduated) who want to learn about ways they can support and advocate for Taiwan's democracy and human rights, and meet face to face with members of the United States to tell them why the US should support Taiwan.
Please post inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2003, the Formosa Foundation created the Ambassador Program to connect college students and young professionals with experts, practitioners, and policy-makers to influence United States foreign and domestic policy that affect their lives. The Ambassador Program provides "hands on" experience that prepares students for responsible leadership and understanding of the American democratic process by providing guidance, training and experience in theory and in practice of determining public policy.
For two weeks in June, undergraduate and graduate students meet in Washington D.C. and undergo an intense curriculum on topics ranging from the history of U.S.-Taiwan relations, Taiwan’s democratic evolution, the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy and its impact on ordinary people. The students also receive training on effective communication skills, political relevance, framing skills, networking and grassroots campaign strategy, as well as public speaking, and the skills necessary to initiate direct action and become agents of change. During the last four days of the Program the participants apply their newly acquired skills when they visit members of Congress and/or their staff to discuss American policy on Taiwan and other related concerns.
Since its inception, the Program has used a variety of activities to build, encourage, and strengthen those life assets and character traits that will help college and graduate students become involved and responsible adults who are decent and respectable citizens. The Program instills in motivated young people the values of representative democracy, clarifies the democratic process and encourages them to play a responsible role in their government and community.