The Ship for World Youth (SWY) Program, sponsored by Japan’s Cabinet Office, will let young leaders from all over the globe travel aboard a ship for six weeks to discuss common issues.
According to the website of the SWY program, a group of around 200 participants aged 18-30 from around the world will board the ship in Japan and spend their time building leadership and cultivating cultural awareness.
Program members will be divided into seven thematic groups, each consisting of a facilitator and 40 participants. Each course session helps candidates to deepen their understanding of their country of origin as well as of the other people represented onboard the ship.
SWY will begin its 32nd trip since 1989 and will include applicants from Arab countries such as Bahrain and Egypt, as well as Japan, Peru, France, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. The ship will depart Tokyo on January 20, calling at Honolulu, Hawaii, and Ensenada, Mexico, arriving in Tokyo on February 24.
Other Arab countries have contributed to the program over the years. The UAE has taken part 14 times, sending 931 delegates, according to UAE national Hamad Al-Zaabi, a participant in 2010.
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