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Pacific youth end Taiwan study trip in style

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A FAREWELL party that featured a talent show was how the 2010 Taiwan Study Camp for Future Leaders from Pacific Allies ended last Thursday in Taipei, Taiwan.

Participants from the six Pacific countries – Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, and Palau – showcased their traditional dances, songs and chants in the talent show.

Solomon Islands participants put on the ‘Bilikiki dance’ and then sang ‘Walkabout long Chinatown’ with the help of the country’s ambassador to Taiwan, Victor Ngele and his wife.

The party also saw the participants teamed up together to put on three traditional items they learnt from the Taiwan’s Aborigines, where the youths visited during the course of their study week.

At the closing, Director of Asia Pacific in Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mathew Lee congratulated the participants for completing the 10-day programme.

 “I hope you all have gain insights of Taiwan and enjoy the sights and learn about the culture and people of Taiwan,” Mr Lee said.

“This program was made possible so the youth ambassadors and youth leaders learn from each other on the cultures between Taiwan and its Pacific allies.”

Mr Lee said he is confident that Taiwan and its Pacific allies will continue the close friendship.

The trip saw the participants visiting, experiencing and learning of the Taiwan Aboriginal culture and its people.

After two days spent at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, the group took a 15 minutes flight to South of Taipei in Taitung, to visit the Aborigines and their culture.

A bus drive to the first stop drops off the group to the Pottery Factory where they experienced Pottery Culture.

This was followed by a visit to the Amis Tribe.

There, the group joined in the Harvest Festival.

Next is a visit to the Bunun tribe traditional musical and then a sight seeing tour of the Bunun culture and life-style.

Days that followed took the participants to other famous sites such as holy temples, Museums, and visiting tribal groups.

This includes experiencing different types of traditional meals.

Despite the tight schedule, the young participants enjoyed every leg of the trip.

*Solomon Star reporter Assumpta Piva was one of the seven participants from Solomon Islands.

By ASSUMPTA PIVA