About SWY


In January 2011, the Ship for World Youth (SWY) will count its 23nd program. SWY is a global youth exchange program in which over 6000 people from 63 countries have participated. Here are the basic activities of SWY and Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA).

1. Ship for World Youth Program
2. Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA)
3. SWYAA International Reunion
4. SWYAA Tokyo Conference for the Ex-PYs of SWY
5. Agreement
6. SWY News

7. SWY Directory

1. Towards the establishment of an international Alumni Association of SWY
2. Started in Greece

3. The first SWYAA International Reunion
4. Setting up SWYAAs

5. Tokyo Conference for the Ex-PYs of SWY
6. Organizing Ex-PYs of SWY (Westbound)
7. Organizing SWYAA Network

1. SWYAA
2. Objectives
3. Structure
4. Post-Program Activities
 



1. Ship for World Youth Program

This program started in 1988 by reorganizing the "Japanese Goodwill Mission Cruise Program (JYGC)" which started in 1967 as one of the commemorative programs for the Centennial of the Meiji Restoration. Initially, JYGC had 300 Japanese Participating Youths (JPYs) and 50 Overseas Participating Youths (OPYs). However, when it was changed into SWY, the number of participants changed to approximately 120 JPYs and 150 OPYs. Due to this drastic change in the ratio of the participants (PYs), the ship Nippon Maru now looks like a multicultural microcosm. Living together with PYs from different countries on board the ship for 50 days, participants engage in discussions and lectures by specialists as well as arrange various events such as national presentation and club activities. SWY visits eastbound regions ( Oceania , North, Central and South American regions) and westbound regions (Southwest Asian, African, and Middle Eastern regions) countries every other year.

2. Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA)

Aiming at keeping up the spirits cherished during SWY, PYs of the SWY 7th Program and the alumni ex-PYs from SWY 1st Program to 6th Program joined together for the first SWY International Reunion and agreed to establish SWYAA. In the following year when SWY took a westbound course, PYs of the SWY 8th Program also agreed to establish an SWYAA in cooperation with other alumni ex-PYs. The basic structure of the Alumni Association consists of one representative (Key Person) and two sub-representatives (Assistant Key Persons). Its main activities are the management of the member list, the arrangement of local alumni activities, and support for its new members. In 1999, the SWYAA members agreed to add two E-mail Receivers to the board as members in each alumni association. The E-mail Receivers will be registered in the SWYAA-council mailing list and will receive and distribute information through their countries' respective e-mail lists. As of September 2000, SWYAA certified the foundation of 40 AAs in countries of both the east and west regions.

3. SWYAA International Reunion

SWYAA International Reunion was first held in 1995 on board the Nippon Maru in Acapulco , Mexico . The Japanese government invited ex-PYs on board to attend the meeting for two days. During the gathering, the ex-PYs exchanged the ideas about their activities in their own countries and their future visions for the SWY. Altogether, the International Reunions have been held three times in Acapulco, Mexico (1995, 1997, 1999), once in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1996), once in Muscat, Oman (1998), once in Cape Town, South Africa (1999), and once in Auckland, New Zealand (2000).

4. SWYAA Tokyo Conference for the Ex-PYs of SWY

This is a meeting in which the Japanese government invites representatives of SWYAA of the participating countries from eastbound and westbound courses in alternating years. At this time, the representatives discuss the current and future activities of SWYAA. As the SWY program also starts during this meeting time, the representatives have a chance to meet with the National Leaders and present to them the international network of the SWYAA, in which the participants will join after the program on the ship.

5. Agreement

The Agreement establishes purposes, activities, and structures of SWYAAs, based on which every AA follows when developing its activities. During the first SWYAA Tokyo Conference in 1996, the representatives created and adopted a resolution called the Agreement for the eastbound countries. At the second SWYAA Tokyo Conference in 1997, representatives agreed upon the Agreement as well for the westbound countries. Subsequently, these eastbound and westbound country meetings became a biannual event.

6. SWY News

This annual newsletter of SWY is distributed to all the ex-PYs once an year. The contents of the newsletter are the activities of the AAs in respective countries, news from the ex-PYs, and other articles related to the SWY. The year 2001 marked the 8th publication of SWY News.

7. SWY Directory

Member lists of those who participated in previous SWY programs are revised and published annually, and distributed to all the ex-PYs. The name, address, telephone number, fax number, e-mail address, and interest group of all ex-PYs are included.

 



Before the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association was Founded

1. Towards the establishment of an international Alumni Association of SWY

Started in 1988, the Ship for World Youth (SWY) program now has approximately 1,560 Japanese former participants (ex-PYs) and about 2,290 ex-PYs from over 6o countries. The Japanese Government expects these ex-PYs to participate in the international exchange activities and youth activities in his/her community, office, school and such, as well as to build friendship between Japan and his/her country. In the beginning, these ex-PYs often had little funds or know-how as to how to expand these activities. They also had little support from the network of the other organizations. However, as the programs continued, the increasing number of participants came more and more together to figure out ways around these challenges and difficulties.

As SWY had been conducted by the eastbound course countries (visiting Oceania and North, Central, and South America ) and westbound course countries (visiting Southwest Asia , Africa , and Middle East ) in alternate years, the participating countries and the countries to be visited have not been fixed. With these varying conditions, there were constant challenges in implementing the network. Despite these difficulties, however, the members continued to actively exchange ideas on how to establish a worldwide network of SWY called the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA).

2. Started in Greece

A meeting in Piraeus , Greece , where the Nippon Maru was at anchor during the 6th SWY Program in 1994, is regarded as the starting step for the establishment of the network. Ex-PYs from Hungary and Sweden of the 4th SWY Program contacted some ex-PYs in Japan and assembled on board the ship. Because of insufficient preparation, funding, and information, the number of ex-PYs who participated in this reunion was small. Although they did not succeed in establishing a network, their attempt was seen as the first step for their future development. This meeting showed the strong ties among the ex-PYs of SWY and drew both attention and expectations from the Administrator of the 6th SWY and other people who became interested in the potential of further activities organized by the ex-PYs.

3. The first SWYAA International Reunion

On March 2 and 3, 1995, during the 7th SWY Program, the SWYAA International Reunion for the eastbound course was held as the first official international reunion on board the Nippon Maru while it was anchored at the harbor of Acapulco , Mexico .

The Japanese Government dispatched Mr. Toshihiro Tomooka, the National Leader (NL) of the 5th batch, to lead the meeting. Ex-PYs from Mexico and other countries took part in the meeting and enjoyed the reunion. First, they discussed how to establish an Alumni Association to support their local activities, and how to develop and further these activities. Second, they discussed how to strengthen the connection with each country and how to establish an international network. Finally, they agreed to adopt a proposal for future activities. This event marked the first stage of organizing SWYAA.

4. Setting up SWYAAs

Ex-PYs of the 3rd and the 5th batches who participated in the first International Reunion met the PYs of SWY 7th batch and created a blueprint for organizing the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA). After deliberate and active discussions, they decided to choose three representatives from each country. Their basic roles were to set up an association in their home country as well as to set up a cooperative system between Japan and other countries. Due to the success of the meeting, SWYAA was established in Ecuador , which was eventually followed by the establishment of Alumni Associations in other countries.

5. Tokyo Conference for the Ex-PYs of SWY

Aiming at expanding local activities in each country into activities based on an international network, the Tokyo Conference for the ex-PYs of SWY was held for the first time from January 16 to 21, 1996 . The Japanese government invited 14 representatives from 13 countries, and with the members of the International Youth Exchange Organization (IYEO) of Japan , the delegates developed active discussions for future activities. An agreement was set up and signed by all the conference members. Since then, this conference has been held annually with the invited countries alternating every other year between the east and west bound course countries.

6. Organizing Ex-PYs of SWY (Westbound)

During the 8th SWY program, following the eastbound meeting, the SWYAA International Reunion for the westbound course was held on board Nippon Maru in Dubai , United Arab Emirates , from March 1 to 2, 1996 . The activities of eastbound course countries were introduced to the participants of the event. From January 16 to 21, 1997 , the Tokyo Conference for the ex-PYs of SWY (westbound) was held, and the conference delegates had heated discussions over how to establish an SWYAA Agreement for westbound countries.

7. Organizing SWYAA Network

As the SWYAAs were gradually getting organized, the Tokyo Conference and the SWYAA International Reunion became biannual events; each event taking place alternately in one of the east or west bound course countries. In 2000, the 7th International Reunion was hosted in New Zealand when SWY13 was visiting the country. In 2001, the 7th Tokyo Conference took place on board Nippon Maru during SWY14, on its last leg of the cruise from Singapore to Tokyo , and concluded the conference in Tokyo .
During the conference, the delegates compiled the PY Preparation Manual for the future participants, discussed about Homestay Network and Computer Network, and finally exchanged ideas about individual activities.
Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA) and Post-Program Activities

 



1. SWYAA

SWYAA is the comprehensive naming for all the alumni associations of SWY. SWYAA was established by the former participants (ex-PYs) in each participating country to supports and to continue the spirit of the international cooperation developed during the SWY program. This is where you will belong to after the program on board the ship is over: to join the bigger "family" of SWY, and to maintain the global network of the participating youths of all the programs around the world.

2. Objectives

The objectives of the SWYAA are:

(1) To provide means of communication for the former and present participants of the Ship for World Youth Programs
(2) To provide means of communication between Alumni Association members and the Cabinet Office of the Japanese government. This will be done through the communication with the International Youth Exchange Organization of Japan (IYEO), the Japanese Alumni Association
(3) To provide information and develop domestic and international networks including non-SWY-participating youth
(4) To organize post-program activities locally and internationally

3. Structure

The basic organizational structure of SWYAA is:
Key Person (1 person)
Assistant Key Person (1 or 2 persons)
E-mail Receiver to be registered to SWYAA-council mailing list (2 persons)
Batch Representative (1 person per batch) - to be decided during the program
Assistant Batch Representative (1 or 2 persons per batch) - to be decided during the program

4. Post-Program Activities

One of the main objectives of the SWY program is to promote the activities after the program (post-program activities), which is to make contributions SWY and to the society.
Examples of the post-program activities are:
- Volunteer works
- Organizing international youth exchange programs
- Promotion of SWY
- Involvement in the selection of the future participants
- Giving orientation to the future participants of SWY program
- Organizing SWY reunions
- Promotion of international understandings
- Introduction of the Japanese culture to your society
- Interaction with the Japanese community in your country, etc.

source: www.swyaa.org