Although summer is far from being over on the sub-tropical island of Formosa, 33,000 free Chinese students who joined in the activities sponsored by the China Youth Corps are returning to their classrooms and books.
Although summer is far from being over on the sub-tropical island of Formosa, 33,000 free Chinese students who joined in the activities sponsored by the China Youth Corps are returning to their classrooms and books. The corps' voluntary summer vacation programs stress intellectual and physical development in line with free China's national purposes. It had a record enrolment this year.
The corps was established 10 years ago to help provide and coordinate extra-curricular physical and intellectual training for the nation's youths -- in high schools and colleges, as well as those who have left schools. This year, they spent up to 6 weeks in the program, learning to fly a glider, taking part in mountaineering, practising seamanship, music...even diplomacy. Some medical students volunteered their time and skill in free China's equivalent of a domestic medical peace corps.
As young American civilian sky-divers have discovered, you don't have to be a paratrooper to enjoy the thrill of leaping out of a plane and returning to earth under a billowing nylon chute. But you've got to learn how to leap and here you see instructors from the Chinese Air Force are overseeing the training of those who are longing for the excitement of being airborne. Other young people who preferred to keep their feet on the ground are having a wonderful time with their activities too, and even the most serious-minded are busy -- they took part in exploration and research, and are given needed guidance.
Thousands of young Chinese who live elsewhere in Asia came to Formosa to spend a busy and fun-packed summer. Here on the beaches in Southern Taiwan the groups specialized in aquatic training...learning to swim, to launch and manoeuvre boats, and to become frogmen and frogmen.
Although Formosa -- or Taiwan, as Asians call it -- is a sub-tropical island, its mountains are topped with snow and this winter the China Youth Corps will swing into its program of skiing and skating instruction.