Two Quebecers, Émilie Grégoire and Sarah Pinchvinsky, flew to Tokyo on January 13 to take part in a 50-day voyage aboard the Nippon Maru as part of the 21st edition of the Japanese government’s Ship for World Youth program. In addition to promoting international cooperation and intercultural dialogue, the program offers a unique and rewarding experience for 250 young leaders from around the world.
From mid-January until early March, Émilie and Sarah and their shipmates will sail from Tokyo to New Zealand, making stops in Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji along the way. The participants will have an ideal opportunity to discover the world as they take part in training sessions, workshops, language courses, seminars and debates on various international issues. There will also be meetings with dignitaries such as Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, Prime Minister Taro Aso and various public figures in other countries.
Émilie and Sarah were selected from among 300 candidates from across Canada. A total of 11 Canadians will be taking part in the 21st edition of the Ship for World Youth. The Japanese government invites a rotating roster of a dozen countries to take part each year.
Canadian blog: 21st edition of the Ship for World Youth
Canadian Ship for World Youth Alumni Association
Ship for World Youth promotional video