BY JEAN ROBERTH SOUZA (SWY7)
Ottawa, Canada - August 30, 2011 – The Canadian Ship for World Youth Alumni Association (SWYAA Canada) received an extra help this time in organizing the recruitment of its newest delegation for SWY Batch 24. Brazilian Ex-PY Jean Roberth Souza was invited to attend an Information Session on the Program aimed at interested applicants held at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa on August 18, 2011. Besides, Jean Roberth also participated in the Ottawa regional selection committee and used his past professional experience in SWY Programs to select Canadians PYs this time.
In Canada, the SWY Selection Process has been done directly by SWYAA Canada with the support of the Japanese Embassy and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT). All Canadian ex-PYs are invited to become volunteers during this time of the year in order to help AA to select a diverse group of talented Canadians who could represent Canada and make a significant contribution to the Program.
Since last June, SWYAA Canada members have invited Jean Roberth to help promote SWY Program locally in Ottawa, where he has been living since 2008. He was eager to have a chance to use his past experience at the Ministry of Education in Brazil (MEC), where he worked for almost ten years, selecting and preparing young candidates to participate in international youth exchange programs promoted by the Japanese Government such as the Ship for World Youth (SWY), International Youth Village (IYV), Renaissance Programs, and Japanese Goodwill Missions. “It was a pleasure for me to help SWYAA Canada. It made me remember the time when I worked for MEC and had to select participants. Canada has a very opened and transparent system to select PYs and I believe that the selected candidates will be very well prepared for this kind of exchange program”, he adds.
Ex-PY Jean Roberth Souza (SWY 7), 2nd Sec. Chie Fukushima (Emb. of Japan), Sec. Maeva Vidal (DFAIT), Ex-PY Angela Dawson (SWY 13), and Ex-PY Philippe Charlesbois