The 2015 Taiwan Youth Ambassador at a discussion on sustainable development on Thursday. (IWN photo)

Sixteen youth ambassadors from Taiwan will Friday afternoon (today) join with a number of local young talents in a joint performance at the Community College campus in Villa.

The youth ambassadors are on the last stop of a tour of the Caribbean before travelling to the United States for a final performance.

Speaking at a press conference in Villa on Thursday, Bor-Show Chen, leader of the delegation, said:

“We do have 16 students in our team as youth ambassadors and they are from 15 different universities in Taiwan and they have different majors in school. Also, they met each other seven weeks ago.”

Chen said that since being selected as youth ambassadors, the university students have received six weeks of intense training.

“They are not professional dancers, they are not professional singers, they are nor professional artists, but out of these six weeks of training, I dare to say my girls and my boys they are almost professionals. We are really proud of them,” he said.

Youth Ambassador Wen-Ting Alisa Ling said being a youth ambassador “is a very precious experience in my life”.

She spoke of the various officials and agencies that they have visited in St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“I, personally, can travel here but without this programme, I won’t have this opportunity to know about these agencies and interact with these people.

“For example, this morning we were in the special school for kids and we really had a good time there. We performed, we danced with the kids,” Ling said.

The teams, which arrived in St. Vincent Wednesday night, paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and met with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Nicole Bonadie-Baker.

Thursday afternoon, they held a joint discussion on sustainable development with a number of students from the Community College.

Friday’s performance begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free to the public from 2:20 p.m.

The local groups what will perform at this afternoon’s event are La Gracia dancers, Renaissance, Arabesque, Ground Breakers and Scotia Bank South East Steel Orchestra.

The 2015 Taiwan Youth Ambassadors programme is being conducted under the theme “Youth from Taiwan, Compassion for All.”

This year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has selected 160 college and university students to serve as youth ambassadors, dividing them into 10 groups.

They will visit 41 cities in 35 countries in such regions as the Asia Pacific, North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and West Asia, where they will attend meetings and seminars, and give performances that combine dance and music.

The youth ambassadors aim to introduce Taiwan to persons from around the world, convey the essence of this year’s theme, and represent all that Taiwan has to offer.