BY JEAN ROBERTH SOUZA (SWY7)
Networking is the art of connecting individuals and organizations tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, common interests, knowledge or prestige. In this regard, one good hint for ex-PYs who have left their homeland either to study or work overseas is to network with the Cultural Section of the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate in the new country where you are now living. Most of all Japanese embassies around the world promote several cultural activities during the year. These activities gather different local and distinguish audiences who have common ties with Japan. Moreover, this also represents a unique opportunity for networking with diplomats, local ex-PYs, SWYAA members, former participants from JET Program, MEXT Scholarship recipients and alumni, as well as with other important guests who also participate in these events.
If you are living overseas and are interested in this opportunity for networking, the best thing you can do first is to visit the homepage of the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Japan on the Internet. Check if there is a specific page for the Cultural Section on the homepage and see the events promoted locally by the embassy or consulate. Find out the Cultural Section contact data and finally send an email to the Cultural Attaché presenting yourself as ex-PY, informing your SWY Batch, and your interest in keeping contact with the embassy, in order to prestige its cultural activities and also receive its newsletters. Most important: Don’t forget to ask if you can be invited to the future cultural events promoted by the diplomatic mission!
My experience with the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa has been excellent since I moved to Canada in 2008. I have been invited to several social and cultural activities during all the year and I really like to participate in all of them. In most of these events, for example, I have had the honor to be welcomed by the Honorable Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan to Canada (please see picture), who is doing a great job in keeping the cultural ties between Japan and Canada. His staff at the Cultural Section in Ottawa is very professional and has done an outstanding effort to keep a wide range of different audiences connected to the Embassy through the activities they promote.
O Ministério da Educação (MEC) divulgou hoje os nomes dos 11 jovens que participam do programa ProUni e farão parte da delegação brasileira do SWY23.
A notícia pode ser vista no link a seguir:
Está pronta a primeira edição da SWYAABrasil Newsletter, chamada SWYDADE.
Foi oficializada a informação de que siiiiiim, o Brasil é um dos países participantes do SWY 23, que acontecerá entre os dias 11 de janeiro e 2 de março de 2011. O programa terá ports of call em 2 países (Fiji e Austrália), além de 3 paradas para abastecimento (em Vanuatu, Ilhas Salomão e Naha - Japão).
Os outros países participantes são:
Em breve disponibilizaremos mais informações sobre o programa. Qualquer dúvida, entrem em contato com a nossa associação através do link Contato no menu ao lado.
BY LEO KAJIOKA NARDON (SWY18)
It was a random day in March 2006. For the 43 days, between January and March 2006, me and 12 other Brazilians had just been exposed to a unique cross-cultural experience: The 18th Ship for World Youth Program. During 43 days, we were living in an alternate universe, with little communication with the outside world, but in deep contact with different cultures, languages, and traditions. Much like we felt at the beginning of the 43-day voyage, most of us didn’t know how we would feel after such a shocking experience.
The following weeks were filled with nostalgic feelings and a general hope to go back to that alternate reality that surrounded us for about 1 and a half months. International phone calls and emails became a major part of our lives, even though some of us were forced to go back to our usual routine, commuting to the office or school. On one particular day, I found myself talking to a friend in Japan for 5 hours, through Skype, something that had not yet happened in my life. During that conversation, we were both discussing how great it would be to be a part of the SWY Program one more time, perhaps as Advisors or Administration Staff members. The main point of the conversation was something like:
JPY - “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we were able to be on board the Nippon Maru again, as staff members for the Program?
ME – “Yeah, it would be awesome to be able to be a part of SWY once more. Do you think that it is possible?”
JPY - “Yeah, I think it is possible. But you have to speak perfect Japanese, because I think all the Administration Staff work is conducted in Japanese. So, you have to keep studying Japanese and you have to come to Japan.”
ME – “Oh, yeah. Like that is going to happen!”
A few months later, motivated by some of my Japanese language teachers, I found myself applying for the Japanese Government’s Researcher scholarship, which I eventually ended up getting. When I realized, I was quitting my job and packing my stuff to go to Japan, for a period of 2 years.
Even though I knew that I was coming to Japan to study, and possibly enter a master’s degree program, I still saw it as a great opportunity to get back to the SWY life. I knew that I would have some friends living in the same region as me, and I would have some holidays, which would give me a chance to see some of the other Japanese friends who lived in other regions of Japan. All of a sudden, I saw myself joining official IYEO activities, such as the Tokyo Conference for Ex-PYs, and training sessions for the following batches of the SWY Program.
After a lot of hard work studying the language and learning more about Japanese society, I was given the chance to apply for the position of Course Discussion Facilitator on the SWY21 and SWY22 Administration staff. I knew that I would have to work a lot, and that it probably wouldn’t be the same experience I had as a participant, but I was thrilled to have the chance to contribute and give something back to the program that I had come to love and respect.
Through the entire program, I realized that being part of the Administration Staff is completely different than being a PY. Being the one that has to control to wills of 200 young people full of energy, requires a lot of peace of mind, because sometimes you will be seen as a dictator, controlling everything and denying them their freedom. However, once we get past the initial barriers and establish a connection with the PYs, and they realize that what we do is something that must be done to ensure everyone’s safety and to ensure a smooth operation of the program, things get more relaxed and performing our duties as ADM staff becomes much easier. Ultimately, being a PY in SWY is a once in a lifetime experience, but having the opportunity to go back and experience the SWY life one more time gives you the chance to live and see the concrete results of the program, that are not only having fun and meeting new people, but also expanding the horizons of 300 people, forcing those people to coexist in a limited space environment and see how they interact with each other.
When asked about why I decided to dedicate some of my time and work to the SWY Program, I always have a tough time thinking about a smart answer, but in the end I always go to the cliché answer. “I came back to SWY because I want to help other young people experience the same emotions that I have experienced in the past. I want to see them feel uneasy at first, when they first meet their batchmates. I want to see their friendship grow, through the various activities. I want to see how they solve their conflicts and I want to see how they display the results of what they have learnt during the Program, and I want to see all of them crying when they realize that the Program is over and that from that day on, they will be separated by the thousands of kilometers that separate their countries. Ultimately, I want them to feel just as I felt in the past.
A 22ª edição do programa Ship for World Youth começou no dia 12 de janeiro com a chegada dos participantes dos países convidados ao Japão. Os países participantes do SWY22 são: Austrália, Bahrain, Equador, Egito, Grécia, Índia, Japão, Quênia, Sultanato de Omã, Sri Lanka, Turquia, Emirados Árabes e Iêmen.
Neste ano o navio fará paradas em Cingapura, Dubai e Chennai.
E mais uma vez temos um ex-PY brasileiro a bordo: o vice-presidente da SWYAABrasil, Leonardo Kajioka (SWY18) participará do SWY pela segunda vez como parte da ADM.
BY TAMARA GUIMARÃES BUCALO (SWY20)
Feelings like déjà-vu, joy, excitement, shivers and, of course, "saudade", a Portuguese word difficult to translate to the English language, which means missing a situation or a person that will probably not come back. These are some of the emotions ex-PYs have when they go back on board Nippon Maru after their batches. And that was exactly what I felt when I attended the SWY21 Port of Call in Auckland, New Zealand, from February 11th to 14th, 2009.
It was amazing to meet all the SWY21 participants and to see how much they look like my own batch. They had the same types of activities we had. The atmosphere of friendship and happiness that I felt when I entered the ship was the same as that which I felt in the last weeks of my program. I even met a JPY that was in the same cabin I was and I felt like she was my cabin mate too!
These things combined with having some of the ex-PYs from my batch from New Zealand, Oman and Japan there making me feel like a PY again, and a year after I got out of the ship for the first time full of memories and dreams, I get out of the ship once again with more fresh memories and new dreams! I feel really lucky to be able to say that I am part of the SWY family and to know that this family grows bigger as time goes by.
Tamara na frente do navio em Auckland NZ
BY JEAN ROBERTH SOUZA (SWY7)
Ottawa, Canada, November 16, 2008 - Canadian and Brazilian ex-PYs living in the Ottawa area organized an informal SWY gathering on November 16.
Angela Dawson, Meaghan Farquharson, Jean