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The Ship for World Youth Alumni Association of New Zealand is excited to announce that applications for the 32nd voyage of the Ship for World Youth are now open!

SWY32 is scheduled to take place from the 10th January – 24th February 2020.

 

Applications for participating youth of the New Zealand delegation will close at 11:59pm on Monday 12 August.

 

Applications for National Leaders will close at 11:59pm on Monday 22 July.

 

Application forms for the National Leader and Participating Youth can be found here. The forms must be filled out in full, and emailed to swynzinfo@gmail.com. Any questions about the program or the application can be directed to swynzinfo@gmail.com as well, or you can send the team a private message on Facebook.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

What are the criteria for Participating Youth?

  • 18-30 years of age.
  • New Zealand Citizen, and ideally living in New Zealand.
  • Must be able to participate in the entire program, including the training weekend (dates TBC, but likely late October 2019) and assisting with the preparation of the delegation prior to departure.
  • Capable of acting co-operatively and in harmony with fellow members of the NZ delegation and other delegations involved in the program.
  • Expected to contribute greatly to the various activities for promoting sound development of young people, and representing New Zealand on the international stage.
  • Good command of English for participation in activities and discussion at university level and above.
  • Interest in, or understanding of Japan. Some Japanese language ability may be an advantage.
  • Must not have been a participant of any past program of the Cabinet Office of Japan.

The SWYNZ Alumni Association, along with the nominated National Leader will be managing the selection process, which first involves the submission of application forms here.

 

What are the criteria for the National Leader?

  • Ideally between 30-40 years of age.
  • Must have been a previous Participating Youth of a SWY program.
  • New Zealand citizen, and ideally living in New Zealand.
  • Must be able to participate in the entire program, including the National Leaders conference in Tokyo (21-26 October 2019),  the training weekend (dates TBC, but likely late October 2019), guiding the preparation of the delegation prior to departure and preparing post programme review documentation.
  • Strong leadership skills including conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
  • Capable of acting co-operatively and in harmony with fellow members of the NZ delegation and with other delegations involved in the program.
  • Expected to contribute greatly to the various activities for promoting sound development of young people, and representing New Zealand on the international stage.
  • Good command of English for participation in activities and discussion at university level and above.

 

How much does it cost?

As a participant there is little cost involved. The Government of Japan very generously covers most expenses. This includes your return airfares to Japan as well as all living expenses whilst in Japan and onboard the ship. Participants are required to purchase travel insurance, national uniforms, gifts, and provide for their own spending money.. Some costs are incurred for delegation expenses (such as a National Presentation) and there is an expectation the delegation will work together to seek financial and in-kind sponsorship.

 

Which countries are invited?

New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, France, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Peru, Bahrain, Egypt, and Kenya have been selected. Each country will have 11 Participating Youth and 1 National Leader. Japan will have 110 participants.

 

What kind of activities are there on the programme?

This video from SWY29 is a great look at SWY through the eyes of a participant!

When participants first arrive in Japan, there will be approximately one week of “onshore training” in Tokyo where participants will meet each other, begin course discussions and make some official visits to institutions related to their topics of interest. For limited participants, there will likely also be a courtesy call with the Prime Minister and Crown Prince of Japan.

Once getting onboard the Ship, there is lots for participants to do! This changes every year, but there is usually:

  • Lectures and workshops by onboard facilitators
  • Participant led seminars, workshops, focus groups
  • Cultural exchange activities, including dance, music, art and limited gastronomical
  • National presentations by each country – formal, abstract, performing arts and gala/booth/event based
  • Official visits to institutions in during port of call activities
  • Leisure including a pool, restaurant, bar, participant led social activities.

Once the ship has returned to Japan, delegations will visit a prefecture in Japan to finish their experience. This visit may include a homestay with a Japanese family.

The schedule should be finalised by the time of the delegation training weekend at the end of October.

 

What sort of topics does SWY cover?

Changing each year, some examples of course discussion streams are:

  • Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Understanding
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Community Development
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Soft Power & Diplomacy
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information & Media

The SWY Alumni looks forward to receiving your application!

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