200 more locals accepted in German travel program


TAIPEI — Two hundred Taiwanese young people will be able to work while traveling in Germany as its working holiday program with Taiwan enters its second year, providing opportunities to the same number of participants as the first year, the German Institute Taipei said. The Institute said the program, which started on Oct. 11, 2010, offers 200 Taiwanese young people aged 18-30 a chance to stay up to one year in Germany for work, short-term study or tourism. The second year’s program starts in October this year. Michael Zickerick, director general of the institute, said it approved more than 150 applications last year, showing that a lot of Taiwanese youth use the program to explore his country. The youths work as interns in German businesses, learn German in language schools, make preparations for advanced studies in Germany, or work as a shepherd in the mountains.

But one thing they have in common is that they are all interested in exploring Germany and learning about the German people, Zickerick said, expressing the hope that the program will bring people from Taiwan and Germany closer.