Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program

The ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program is based on the respective joint statement issued in 1974 between Japan and 6 ASEAN countries. By 1999 our SSEAYP family extended over to ASEAN TEN and Japan.  Resulting, a total of over 8,500 ASEAN and Japanese Youths have Participated to the program within 32 years.

The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) is an annual youth exchange programme sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by the ASEAN countries. SSEAYP was first held in January 1974 based on Joint Statements issued between Japan and the five ASEAN countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined in 1985. Vietnam participated in the programme in 1996 while Laos and Myanmar participated in 1998, and Cambodia in 2000. In Indonesia, this program is managed by the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
SSEAYP is aimed to foster friendship and greater mutual understanding among youths from Japan and ASEAN. This program which brings together more than 300 youth from ASEAN countries and Japan also seeks to broaden their international networking.
To achieve these goals, a series of activities are lined up for the selected participants.  The activities are mainly divided into Country Program activities and Onboard Activities.

Country Program
Some activities are set during the port-of-call while the ship berths in the country program. The activities include:
- Welcoming Ceremony:
It is an official welcoming ceremony as the ship berths in the destination country. The participants are welcomed by the local government and committee.
- Courtesy Calls:
In this activity, the participants visit some governmental institution in the country program. The participants are usually greeted by the head of the country.
- Exhibition
This activity is set to give the chance for the participants to introduce their countries. Each country will be given a booth in which they can display their unique traditional stuffs to the local visitors.
- Institutional Visits:
Participants will be divided into some groups. In these groups, the participants will visit some different governmental and private institutions in the country program, such as universities, television station, and also some tourism spots.
- Interaction with Local Youth:
The participants are also given a chance to interact with the local youth in various interesting activities, such as games, discussion or being involved in the existing youth activities in the country program. It is a great opportunity for the participants to build friendships and have information exchanges.
- Homestay:
It is one of the most interesting activities during the program. The participants will experience the local life in a local family. The participants will stay for several days as if they were the members of the local families. The participants are expected to experience the cross cultural interaction that will strengthen the values of friendship and living in harmony.
- Farewell and Send-Off Ceremony:
To close the Country Program activities, the committee will held a farewell ceremony. Following this, the participants will be sent off to continue their journey.

Onboard Activities
During their sailing to the destination countries, a set of activities are organized to enrich the participants’ experiences.
- Discussion Group:
Participants are be divided into groups according to the discussion themes they are interested in. Through the discussions, the participants can share their knowledge and experience with other youths from other countries which come from different backgrounds.
- Solidarity Group Activities:
During the program, the participants are grouped into several teams which is called Solidarity Group. This groups consist of participants from different countries. The participants will be involved in some fun activities in Solidarity Group activities with their teams. The activities are arranged to strengthen the friendship and solidarity among the participants.
- Club Activities:
In this activity, representatives of each countries are given chance to share their cultural knowledge by teaching the participants from other countries about their culture. The representatives can teach the other participants to dance their traditional dance, play their traditional music instrument, make their traditional handicrafts, etc. This activity will augment their knowledge about other countries’ art and culture.
National Day Presentation
Participants from each participating country is given a chance to introduce their country in form of a cultural performance in turn. 

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