95 conscripts needed for foreign ministry’s service program

The foreign ministry says it is planning to recruit 95 conscripts to join its alternative military service program.

Conscripts will be stationed in allied nations in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. Those with skills in dozens of areas, including agriculture, medicine, human resources, and information management will be given preference.

Foreign ministry official Lee Sing-ying, who is in charge of international cooperation and economic affairs, introduced the program on Monday.

The program is similar to the foreign ministry's working holiday program and the International Cooperation Development Fund's volunteer service," said Lee. "It will allow young Taiwanese to see the world, broaden their horizons, and learn new skills. It will also offer them the best platform for giving back to society and showing that they care about the rest of the world.

Conscripts posted overseas will be offered a stipend of between US$800 and US$1,000. The foreign ministry will cover airfare, living expenses and other expenditures.

Source: Radio Taiwan International