Ship for World Youth Leaders - Don't miss the Boat

23 June 2014

The Ship for World Youth Leaders is a unique international youth exchange programme funded by the Government of Japan. The Ministry of Youth Development is seeking young New Zealanders between 18-30 years of age to apply for nine funded places on the programme. Applications are also invited from New Zealanders between 30-39 years of age to apply to be the National Leader for New Zealand.Apply today by completing the online application form, click the link at the bottom of the page.

What is the Ship for World Youth Leaders Programme?

25th Ship for World Youth NZ delegation

Above: NZ Delegation to the Ship for World Youth Programme in 2013

The Ship for World Youth Leaders Programme gives participants the opportunity to live in an international environment and get involved in a wide range of on board activities including seminars, sports and cultural activities and workshops.

The Programme includes 24 days in Japan where New Zealand participants will join 110 Japanese youth and 90 delegates from 9 invited countries. For 12 days aboard the ship they will live and work together and make visits to the Japanese ports of Naha and Ofunato.

The Programme is a unique experience for young people to engage with a diverse group of like-minded individuals from Japan, and invited delegations from Bahrain, Brazil, India, Kenya, Oman, Peru, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom and of course New Zealand.

The Government of Japan provide funding to meet most costs of participation including travel to and from Japan and their time in Japan on board.


This sounds great, what's the catch?

  • New Zealand participants are responsible for the costs of travel from their home to Auckland, travel insurance, and for any personal or delegation expenditure incurred.
  • Applicants must be available to participate from 20 January – 14 February 2015.
  • It is a requirement that they are New Zealand citizens and resident in New Zealand at the time of application and up to 20 January 2015.


The Ministry of Youth Development will accept applications until 9am on Monday 14 July 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Ministry of Youth Development with support from the New Zealand Ship for World Youth Alumni Association will be involved in the selection process.

All enquiries about New Zealand participation in the programme should be sent to