The International NGO and Social Enterprise Youth Study Delegation from Taiwan Visits Boston for the First Time

The International NGO and Social Enterprise Youth Study Delegation, founded by the Youth Development Administration, Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan), visited Boston for the first time from August 3-6, 2016. During their stay, they had an opportunity to visit several non-profit organizations and enterprises.

Education Division, TECO-Boston, representing the Ministry of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, welcomed the delegation. Director Cynthia Huang told students that there are many top universities in the New England region and encouraged them to pursue further education in America after graduation in Taiwan. The Ministry of Education has established several types of scholarships for those interested in studying abroad, and also has created study and internship programs to assist students to develop a broader international perspective.

The Youth Development Administration selected students with an interest in NGOs and social enterprises to take several related classes and attend the American trip. Dr. Su-Li Lin from Shu-Te University led the summer delegation. The delegation visited 5 organizations, including United Planet, an international volunteer organization and whose founder, David Santulli, was invited to visit Taiwan by the Ministry of Education last year; Bootstrap Compost, a residential and commercial food scrap pickup service; CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics), a commercial composting company; iCater, a social enterprise catering company which also provides food services training program for the homeless; and Fields Corner Business Lab, a co-working space for start-ups, small businesses and the community.

The delegation also visited businesses and non-profit organizations in Houston, Texas and Washington. D.C. before coming to Boston. They learned different types of business models in social enterprises and observed how NGOs work with communities.

Group photo
Ms. Cynthia Huang, Director, Education Division, TECO-Boston (sixth from right); Dr. Su-Li Lin, Shu-Te University (seventh from right); and students from the International NGO and Social Enterprise Youth Study Delegation.

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