- The Ship for World Youth Program -
1. What is the “Ship for World Youth” Program?
2. Main Activities on board the Ship
3. Post-Program Activities
Last updated June 2009
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.
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
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
1. What is the Ship for World Youth
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
Sum total of countries
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 ･･･
One participant from a delegation will be a
group – an opportunity to get to know all the
Participants from Different Places, Ages,
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
2. Main Activities
The Ship for World Youth
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
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.
Visits to facilities/organizations
related to Course Discussions
Social contributions activities
Sports, parties and cultural Meeting with President
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
Examples of the courses
Sustainable Global Community
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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
Onboard, PY Seminar Committee will
be responsible for coordinating
Any participant may organize a seminar.
Every participant chooses one of the
seminars to attend.
Examples of Seminar Topics
Nuclear weapons and peace
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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
Experience national costumes
Chado (tea ceremony)
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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
Forming a bond of trust through Recreation
activities that strive for common goals
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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
Wearing Kimono or Sari
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- 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
Networking in Japan through IYEO
Organizing international exchange programs in regional
Hosting youths from abroad in exchange programs
Promoting international youth exchange programs by the
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
You are expected to keep your “Ship for World Youth”
spirits and share your experiences with people in your
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