This summer program is part of the NSC's overall effort to recruit new generations of overseas Taiwanese for the purpose of raising Taiwan's overall competitiveness. This generation possesses the language abilities, professional expertise, and international savvy that are advantageous to Taiwan's S&T industries and manpower needs. Building a strategic liaison with this generation can attract long-term returnees for the future, infuse fresh energy into Taiwan's workforce, and ultimately increase international support for Taiwan.
My parents want me to go, but I'm feeling very reluctant, and I'm not too sure while... At the moment, I think it's because:
-I'm being shy and not want to face an entirely strange environment.
-I don't particularily want to live in the house of one of my Taiwanese relatives. It's always somewhat awkward.
-I had plans to pick up all of C/++ and become proficient in it, for both mac and PC apps - being in Taiwan would make that a bit harder. Internet isn't going to be readily available either. XP
-If anything goes wrong with my iBook, it's going to be hard as hell to get support. While I'm sure there's an Apple store somewhere... :P
-I do still speak chinese. I think.
-It would cause problems with my vague plans to go visit Karen and other people.
-And that above paragraph? Yes, I'd like to help Taiwan, but I would also like to be compensated with more than $1,000 USD. 'cause in all honesty, I don't think that's enough. 5 weeks, and I'm expecting a 40 hours a week sort of thing = 200 hours. That's less than minimum hourly wage, yo. Yes, this is an unpaid internship. However, if they really wanted a "strategic liaison with this generation can attract long-term returnees for the future, infuse fresh energy into Taiwan's workforce, and ultimately increase international support for Taiwan", shouldn't they offer something more attractive? Paid travel fare, in addition to living costs would have been the minimum, I think. (the $1000 is just supposed to be the living costs. And we're supposed to arrange our own living and such, as well.) Or maybe I'm expecting too much.
-Knowing me, I'll be lonely and bored. And unwilling to go out and meet people, since I don't care for bars and clubs, and I'd feel strange to wander out for such, while I'm a guest at someone's house. If I lived alone, on the other hand, that'd be ok.
Advantages would be:
-Something for my resume. Internship in a foreign country, for (possibly) a national science institute. Would be nice there. Maybe.
-Brushing up on chinese. Whee. And maybe I'll pick up a bit of Taiwanese, too.
-My parents would be happier with me doing something "productive". Or something like that. At least my mom will stop nagging.
-...I can't think of anything more.