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  1. What is the “Ship for World Youth” Program?
  2. Main Activities on board the Ship
  3. Post-Program Activities




                                              Last updated June 2009

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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.
          International Youth    Send about 50 Japanese youths to 4 countries for 20 days
        Development Exchange      and invite 50 foreign youths from the same 4 countries for 20
                                  days, to experience locally-based exchanges.
          Japan-China Youth      Send 30 Japanese youths to China for 15 days, invite 30
         Friendship Exchange      Chinese youths to Japan for 15 days, to exchange activities.

                                 Send 30 Japanese youths to Korea for 15 days, invite 30
          Japan-Korea Youth       Korean youths to Japan for 15 days, to exchange activities.
         Friendship Exchange
                                 Send about 25 Japanese young leaders to 3 countries for 10
         Young Core Leaders of    days, invite about 40 foreign young leaders to Japan for 15
          Civil Society Groups    days, in the fields of Elderly People, People with Disabilities,
              Development         and Youth.
                                 About 140 Japanese and 132 foreign youths from all over
                                  the world live together for approx. 35 days and engage in
         Ship for World Youth     exchange activities on board and in the countries to be
                                  visited.
                                 About 40 Japanese and 290 youths from 10 ASEAN
          Ship for Southeast      countries live together for approx. 40 days to engage in
             Asian Youth          exchange activities on board and in the countries to be
                                  visited.
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1. What is the Ship for World Youth
             Program?




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The Ship for World Youth Program
The Ship for World Youth Program is a Japanese Cabinet Office sponsored
international youth exchange program, inviting approximately 132 foreign youths
from 12 countries and 140 youths from Japan to live together on board the ship
for approx. 35 days and deepen their friendship and understanding. 64 countries
including Japan have participated so far, with 31 ports of call having been visited.




                                        Sum total of
                                        participating countries:
                                        64
                                        Sum total of countries
                                        visited: 31



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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.

Japanese Youth Goodwill Cruise
Program
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


Ship for World Youth Program
(Starting from fiscal year 1988)
 Increased the number of foreign youths
  to reflect the trend of the times
 Encouraged multinational exchanges

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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 35 days on board the ship.
                                                                              Participants with
                                                                               various cultural,
      Gaining a More          By living with others with different cultures,   regional and
    International View        participants will have a more balanced and       occupational
                              international view towards the world             backgrounds

                                                                              Activities at
                              Through communication with participants          Ports of Call
  Nurturing the Spirits of    from different countries, participants will
International Cooperation     learn basic protocols and attitudes in          Discussions
                              international cooperation
                                                                              Club Activities

                              By taking initiative in activities including
Developing Practical Skills   participants not only from your own but         Committees
   in the framework of        other countries, participants will learn
International Cooperation     basics of leadership and practical skills in    Voluntary Activities
                              the setting of international cooperation
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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.

             How a Letter Group is Formed


   Group A                                                                                ・・・
   Group B

   Group C
      ・・・




                        Australia


                                              Ecuador
                                    Bahrain




                                                                Greece


                                                                                 Kenya
                Japan




                                                        Egypt


                                                                         India




   One participant from a delegation will be a
    group – an opportunity to get to know all the
    delegations

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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.

             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
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2. Main Activities




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The Ship for World Youth
Main 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
     Activities at Ports
           of Call           such as courtesy calls, institutional visits, Course Discussion theme
                             visits, school visits and sports exchange with local youths, etc.
        Discussions          Course Discussions               Summary Forum
         Seminars            UN Seminars                      Club Activities

                             Each participant joins one of the committees, and plans and
                             organizes onboard activities
         Committee
          Activities          National Presentations          Exhibition
                              Sports & Recreation             PY Seminar
                              Farewell Dinner                 Press

          Voluntary          Using free time, participants voluntarily plan and organize study
          Activities         sessions and parties.


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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                                                  Meeting with President
                                                                                of Tanzania
  exchanges with local youths
 Cultural exchange and visits to
  local schools and welfare
  institutions to facilitate
  understanding of global issues
                                             Course Discussion theme visit in Australia


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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 “Youth Contribution in 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.

    Lectures by the advisors
    Discussions
    Workshops
    Examples of the courses
      Volunteerism
      Education
      Environment
      Sustainable Global Community
      Youth Development
      Cross-Cultural Understanding

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Joining Onboard Activities (2)
 - PY Seminar -
The participating youth take initiative in organizing seminars. This program
is designed to create more opportunities to share unique approaches to deal
with various issues in each country and develop international views among
the participants.
   Onboard, PY Seminar Committee will
    be responsible for coordinating
    sessions.
   Any participant may organize a seminar.
   Every participant chooses one of the
    seminars to attend.


     Examples of Seminar Topics
       Nuclear weapons and peace
       Global warming
       Human rights
       Culture shock

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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 and dance

 Examples of Clubs

      Taiko (Japanese drums) Club
      Cultural exchange
      Experience national costumes
      Chado (tea ceremony)
      Music, dance


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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
                                                         Sports and
   Forming a bond of trust through                      Recreation
    activities that strive for common goals




                                                                      Farewell Festival
National Presentations
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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 Voluntary
            Activities

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




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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 45 countries
    Working in unison with SSEAYP International, formed by
     ex-participants of Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program
    Organizing social contribution activities
 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.
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