What are the itinerary and dates for the 2017 program?

Please check the tentative itinerary here.

What are the age restrictions?

To be a participating youth, you must be 18-30 years of age (as of April 1, 2016) (Born on or after April 2, 1985 up to and including April 1, 1998); to be National Leader, there are no age restrictions per se, but preferably in your thirties.

How often does the Program run?

The program is run each year by the Cabinet Office in Japan. The Government of Japan delegates the planning of the program to the International Youth Exchange Organization.

Which countries get invited?

Each year the Japanese Government invites the governments of 11 - 15 countries to participate and those invited changed from year to year. West-bound programs sailing through the Indian Ocean usually have many African, Asian and European countries on board while the East-bound sailing has many countries from Oceania and the Americas.

How much does it cost?

As a participant there is little cost involved. The Government of Japan very generously covers most expenses including:

· Return airfare from the nearest International airport
· Entrance fees and transportation for all scheduled activities.
· Food on-board the ship and for all scheduled activities while in port.
· Accommodation (Hotel, youth hostel and home stay in Japan, and on the ship).

Participants are required to purchase travel insurance and usually take some spending money for souvenirs while overseas. Participants are given a block of free time in each port in which they are to pay for any activities they choose.

Where does the Ship visit?

Each year the program alternates between an East-bound course through the Pacific Ocean and a West-bound course through the Indian Ocean. During the program the ship will visit a few countries in that region for a 1-4 day stopover in each port.

When will Canada be invited next?

The Canadian alumni association and IYEO are proud to announce that Canada has been invited to participate in the 2017 program!

How can I participate in the next Program?

Head on over to our Apply page and read all about it!  The application fee is 25$ CDN.

Can I apply to be both a Participating Youth and a National Leader?

Yes, but you must fill out 2 separate application forms and pay 2 separate application fees. 

What countries have participated in the Program?

Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Columbia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
Fiji
Finland
Germany
Greece
Hungary
India
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kuwait
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Qatar
Russia
Western Samoa
Senegal
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Tanzania
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
United States of America
Venezuela
Yemen

What should I take? 

A good sense of humour, and flexibility to live comfortably with others in close quarters. For example, you might admire culture in the pages of a book but are you prepared to cope with your room-mate carrying out devotions five times a day in the only available space in your room? Each participant faces their own challenge on board but learn more about themselves as a result. Other than your personal belongings needed for two months, delegates should bring information you can take to share about your country.You will be continually called upon to share in presentations and workshops about issues facing your country and how they are dealt with. 

What will I get from the program?

Are the problems of the world going to be solved on this two-month program? Possibly, but probably not. What the program does do however is encourage participants to challenge the filters through which they view the world and illustrate that people from different nations can live together peacefully, learn from each other and work together to overcome differences and misunderstandings. Not to mention an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience as you learn about yourself and those around you.

I am a Permanent Resident, can I apply?

No.  The Japanese Government has specified all delegates must be Canadian citizens.

I forgot to include part of my application, what can I do?

The selection process is run by volunteers and we do not have the resources to be adding in extra material.  Please ensure that the application is complete before sending it in.

My application may arrive late.  Will it still be considered?

No.  The selection committee starts reviewing the applications immediately after the deadline. 

Can I receive feedback on my application?

No, we have a limited number of volunteers to review and select the delegation and we are unable to give feedback on individual applications. 

I am currently out of the country, can I still apply?

Any Canadian citizen can apply even if they are overseas during the selection process but we still need a phone number to interview the candidate during the specified time.  Please note that all delegates must be living in Canada from October 2016 until departure (January 2017). 

What are the roles and responsibilities of the National Leader?

  • To disseminate information between IYEO / Administration and the Canadian Delegation

  • Represent Canada in the daily National Leaders meetings, NL's are responsible for assisting the administration in running the program and ensuring delegates follow proper protocol

  • Act as a Group Leader, with each group consisting of a mix of delegates from all the participating countries

  • Organize and/or delegate responsibilities within their Group along with Assistant Group Leaders.

  • Represent Canada at official ceremonies and presentations with heads of state / local dignitaries.

  • Oversee the delegations responsibilities as they prepare sponsorship, National Presentation, Canadian-led activities, etc.