Canadian Delegation for the Ship for World Youth Leaders: Call for Applicants

12 Canadian youth (11 participants and one National Leader) will be selected to participate in this ‘once in a lifetime experience’ with 200+ young leaders from 11 countries on board a Japanese cruise ship, the Nippon Maru.

Who Can Apply?

Note that the application fee is 25$ CDN. Until this payment has been made, the application cannot be considered as completed.


Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check out the Tentative Itinerary of the program and make sure you are available.

Note that the application form requires some long-form responses. Please allow for at least 30-60 minutes to reflect on these questions and properly complete the application. Click here to download a list of questions for the Participating Youth application in PDF format.

You can also submit an optional short self-introductory video. For guidelines, see the box at right. If you choose to submit a video, please be sure to have it uploaded before starting the application process. You will not be able to upload a video directly to

Once you have completed the application, you will be redirected to a page where you will be asked to pay the $25 application fee by credit card, Paypal or cheque. 


Tells us what makes you unique and why you would be a strong candidate to represent Canada on the SWY (GLP) program!

  • Ensure that the length of the video is a maximum of 2 minutes.
  • Shoot the video in one straight shot.
  • No fancy editing is required. You will be judged on the quality of your response; not the quality of your video.
  • The video component for the SWY (GLP) application process is optional. Applicants will not be penalized if a video is not submitted.

If you choose to create a video, upload the video to a streaming video site such as YouTube or Vimeo and copy the URL link to the application form.

Criteria for Participating Youth

  1. 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); 
  2. Must be able to participate in the entire duration of the program;
  3. Must be in good physical and mental condition and can endure a long voyage; (also, the rules and regulations of the shipping company do not allow pregnant passenger/s to board the ship: therefore, those who are pregnant may not participate in this program)
  4. Must fully understand the meaning and the purpose of this program and are capable to act in harmony with the group in the course of the program;
  5. Can contribute greatly to the various activities for promoting sound development of youth and to play an active role in international exchange in the area of their communities, occupation, schools, youth organizations and the like;
  6. Have a good command of English to be able to participate in activities such as university-level discussions;
  7. Have interest in and certain understanding of Japan;
  8. Must have no prior experience in international youth exchange programs sponsored by the Cabinet Office.
  9. Must be a Canadian citizen.

The deadline for applying to be a participating youth is September 1st, 2016 at midnight EST.

Want to preview the questions before applying?  Click here to download a list of questions in PDF format.

Criteria for National Leader

  1. Preferably in their thirties;
  2. Capable of performing the expected duties and responsibilities, such as being responsible for his/her delegation and showing leadership, participating in various activities as leaders of groups of mixed nationality, facilitating researches and discussions of the participating youth, and taking a role as a member of the National Leaders meeting in discussing and deciding the fundamental matters concerning life and activities onshore and onboard;
  3. Preferably with experience of the Ship for World Youth program, the Global (Youth) Leaders Development Program, The Ship for World Youth Leaders or The Next Generation Global Leaders Program as a participating youth;
  4. Preferably belonging to youth organizations or in governmental organizations related to youth affairs;
  5. Must have Canadian citizenship
  6. Have a good command of English to be able to participate in activities such as university-level discussions;
  7. Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the program;
  8. Must be in good physical and mental condition and able to endure a long voyage;
  9. Must be available to attend the official National Leaders meeting in Japan from October 17 to 20, 2016.

The deadline for applying to be a National Leader is August 15th, 2016 at
midnight EST.