Taiwan volunteers arrive in El Salvador

Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Six volunteers from Taiwan's International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) arrived in El Salvador for a two-year mission last Saturday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Wednesday. In response to the global interest in learning Mandarin, the ICDF launched a language program in 2008, and it has been sending volunteers to El Salvador ever since. This year, one of the volunteers will be involved with setting up a music program for the first time. The organization hopes that through language and art people from El Salvador may understand Taiwan better. Taiwan's embassy in El Salvador has also been actively promoting Mandarin learning programs. Over the last three years, it has successfully cooperated with universities in El Salvador, including ITCA, a school that specializes in engineering and technology, the University of El Salvador, and Universidad Evang幨ica de El Salvador. This year two other universities have joined the embassy's program: Universidad Don Bosco and Universidad Cat鏊ica de El Salvador. In addition, three El Salvador universities signed a letter of intent in October 2010 to become contact offices for the Taiwan Academy project. They are Don Bosco Universitiy, Universidad Catolica and ITCA. (By Ku Lan-ying and C.J. Lin)