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What is the “Ship for World Youth” Program? Main Activities on board the Ship Post-Program Activities - The Ship for World Youth Program - Last updated June 2008 Dispatch by airplane International Youth Development Exchange Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange

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what is the ship for world youth program main activities on board the ship post program activities
What is the “Ship for World Youth” Program?

Main Activities on board the Ship

Post-Program Activities

- The Ship for World Youth Program -

Last updated June 2008

international youth exchange programs by the cabinet office of japan

Dispatch by airplane

International Youth Development Exchange

Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange

Japan-Korea Youth Friendship Exchange

Exchange on board ship

Ship for World Youth

Ship for Southeast Asian Youth

International Youth Exchange Programs by the Cabinet Office of Japan
  • International youth exchange programs by the Japanese Cabinet Office offer the participating Japanese and foreign youths to deepen their friendship and understanding through various exchange activities, and encourage them to gain global views and develop skills needed in the field of international cooperation.
  • Send about 60 Japanese youths to 5 countries for 3 weeks and invite about 100 foreign youths from all over the world for 3 weeks, to experience theme-oriented exchanges such as traditional culture and welfare.
  • Send 30 Japanese youths to China for 19 days, invite 30 Chinese youths to Japan for 19 days, to exchange activities.
  • Send 30 Japanese youths to Korea for 15 days, invite 30 Korean youths to Japan for 15 days, to exchange activities.
  • About 120 Japanese and 140 foreign youths from all over the world live together and to exchange activities on board and in the countries to be visited.
  • About 40 Japanese and 300 youths from ASEAN countries live together and to exchange activities on board and in the countries to be visited.
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1. What is the Ship for World Youth Program?

the ship for world youth program
The Ship for World Youth Program
  • The Ship for World Youth Program is a Japanese Cabinet Office sponsored international youth exchange program, inviting approximately 140 foreign youths from 12 countries and 120 youths from Japan to live together on board the ship for 42 days and deepen their friendship and understanding. 63 countries including Japan have participated so far, with 31 ports of call having been visited.

Sum total of participating countries: 63

Sum total of countries visited: 31

the ship for world youth program outline

Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise Program

Ship for World Youth Program

(Starting from fiscal year 1988)

The Ship for World Youth - Program Outline -
  • International exchange by ship originally started as the “Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise” program in 1967 (fiscal year), which allowed Japanese youths to visit foreign countries port by port. Later on, the program developed to include more foreign participants, and became the “Ship for World Youth” program as it is known today.
  • Dispatched Japanese youths to foreign countries in a period when it was difficult to travel abroad
  • Enabled Japanese youths to have experiences abroad and deepen their understanding of international issues
  • Increased the number of foreign youths to reflect the trend of the times
  • Encouraged multinational exchanges
what are the objectives of the ship for world youth program

Developing Practical Skills in the framework of International Cooperation

Gaining a More International View

Nurturing the Spirits of International Cooperation

What are the Objectives of the Ship for World Youth Program?
  • The Ship for World Youth program aims at fostering youths to attain leadership qualities in a more internationalized society than ever, through living together and communicating with one another for approximately 42 days on board the ship.
  • Participants with various cultural, regional and occupational backgrounds

By living with others with different cultures, participants will have a more balanced and international view towards the world

  • Activities at Ports of Call
  • Discussions
  • Club Activities

Through communication with participants from different countries, participants will learn basic protocols and attitudes in international cooperation

By taking initiative in activities including participants not only from your own but other countries, participants will learn basics of leadership and practical skills in the setting of international cooperation

  • Committees
  • Free Activities
life in a melting pot

How a Letter Group is Formed

Japan

Australia

Fiji

Kenya

Poland

Turkey

U.S.A.

Venezuela

・・・

Group A

Group B

Group C

・・・

  • One participant from a delegation will be a group – an opportunity to get to know all the delegations
Life in a “Melting Pot”
  • Each participant belongs to a Letter Group. Several from Japanese delegation and one from other delegations make a group. Group activities are one of the key elements on board the ship.
participants from different places ages and occupations

What a Letter Group is Like

Fiji / age 32 / Culture and Youth Ministry Official

Australia / age 27 / Police

Canada / age 22 / Olympics athlete

India / age 20 / Student

Saitama, Japan / age 28 / Language teacher

Hokkaido, Japan / age 30 / Hotel Staff

Fukuoka, Japan / age 26 / Customs Officer

・・・

  • A wide range of occupations and age groups in a group
Participants from Different Places, Ages, and Occupations
  • Participants are not only diverse in terms of cultural and social environments, but ages, occupations and countries of origin. This creates a unique opportunity for participants to learn thoughts and experiences different from your own.
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2. Main Activities

the ship for world youth main activities

Activities at Ports of Call

Discussions

Seminars

Committee Activities

Free Activities

The Ship for World YouthMain Activities
  • While there are events and activities pre-arranged by the Cabinet Office, such as port-of-call activities and seminars aboard the ship, the participants will also have committee activities which everyone are obliged to join, and free activities which the participants are free to plan and organize.
  • Official Activities organized by the government to be visited

such as courtesy calls, institutional visits, Course Discussion theme visits, school visits and sports exchange with local youths, etc.

  • Course Discussions
  • United Nations Seminar
  • Each participant joins one of the committees, and plans and organizes onboard activities
  • National Presentations
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Farewell Festival
  • Exhibition
  • PY Seminar & Workshop
  • Press
  • Using free time, participants voluntarily plan and organize study sessions and parties.
activities at ports of call
Activities at Ports of Call
  • Activities at ports of call include courtesy calls, discussions and sports exchange with local youths, and visits to various institutions.
  • Courtesy calls
  • Visits to facilities/organizations related to Course Discussions
  • Social contributions activities
  • Sports, parties and cultural exchanges with local youths
  • Cultural exchange and visits to local schools and welfare institutions to facilitate understanding of global issues

Meeting with President of Tanzania

Course Discussion theme visit in Australia

joining onboard activities 1 course discussion
Joining Onboard Activities (1) - Course Discussion -
  • Course Discussion started from the 17th Ship for World Youth program as its core program. The participating youth choose one course and discuss about the topic under the common theme “Participation of Youth in the Society.” The aim of the “Course Discussion” is to deepen the participants’ understanding and knowledge in the topic, as well as to make them be aware their roles in the society and improve their practical skills in the related areas.
  • Keynote speech by the advisors
  • Discussions
  • Workshops

Examples of the courses

  • Volunteerism
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Information/Media
  • Youth Development
  • Inter-Cultural Understanding
joining onboard activities 2 py seminar and workshop
Joining Onboard Activities (2) - PY Seminar and Workshop -
  • The participating youth take initiative in organizing seminars and workshops. This program is designed to create more opportunities to promote mutual understanding and develop international views among the participants.
  • Onboard, Discussion Committee will be responsible for coordinating sessions.
  • Any participant may organize a seminar or a workshop.
  • Every participant chooses one of the seminars or workshops to attend.

Examples of Discussion Topics

  • Nuclear weapons and peace
  • Global warming
  • Human rights
  • Culture shock
joining onboard activities 3 club activities
Joining Onboard Activities (3) - Club Activities -
  • Onboard, anyone can start a club. By activities to introduce one's county or culture, or to share trans-national or universal interests, participants learn a great deal from one another and deepen friendship.
  • Get together with other participants with similar interests and start a club
  • Communicating non-verbally, such as music, dance and sports

Examples of Clubs

  • Taiko (Japanese drums) Club
  • Cultural exchange
  • Experience national costumes
  • Chado (tea ceremony)
  • Music, dance
planning and organizing onboard activities 1 committees

National Presentations

Sports and

Recreation

Farewell Festival

Planning and Organizing Onboard Activities (1) - Committees -
  • A great deal of the time on board the ship is dedicated to committee activities. Through committee activities, you will learn practical skills to work with or lead other participants necessary in an international community.
  • Discussing with committee members with different thoughts, customs and common senses
  • Forming a bond of trust through activities that strive for common goals
planning and organizing onboard activities 2 voluntary activities
Planning and Organizing Onboard Activities (2) - Voluntary Activities -
  • Participants will have a lot of free time on board the ship. Aside from committee activities, participants are free to plan and organize discussion sessions, study groups, and events.
  • It is the participants who create the life on board.
  • Participants shall take initiative in making the life on board more interesting and meaningful.

Examples of Free Activities

  • Charity Concert
  • Delegation events
  • Singing/chorus
  • Ramadan Night
  • Wearing Kimono or Sari
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3.Post-Program Activities

post program activities networking after the program

Experiences on board the Ship is only the beginning of international exchanges.

You are expected to keep your “Ship for World Youth” spirits and share your experiences with people in your home countries.

Post-Program Activities - Networking after the Program -
  • In Japan, ex-participants of the Ship for World Youth Program join as members of International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO). Centered around IYEO, post-program activities are organized through the network both within a country and across countries.

Networking in Japan through IYEO

  • Organizing international exchange programs in regional blocks
  • Hosting youths from abroad in exchange programs
  • Promoting international youth exchange programs by the Cabinet Office

Networking with ex-participants in other countries

  • Establishing SWY Alumni Associations in 42 countries
  • Working in unison with SSEAYP International, formed by ex-participants of Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program
  • Organizing social contribution activities