And so I open a new chapter.
To those in the dark, SSEAYP stands for Ship for South East Asian Youth Programme, or as we Bruneians call it, Program Kapal Belia Asia Tenggara. Basically it is a annual youth programme that involves selected youth volunteers from all ASEAN countries and Japan, on board the iconic ship, M.S. Nippon Maru. It is funded and carried out by the Japanese Government.
Officially, it seeks:
“to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and Southeast Asian countries to broaden their perspective on the world, as well as to strengthen their motivation and abilities in international cooperation by participating in discussions, introductions of each country, and various exchange activities both on board and in the countries to be visited”
When I told people of this SMS, most couldn’t figure out what the hell I’d be doing on board. So here it is laid out for all of you to read.
The programme lasts for about 51-52 days, where youths on board will be taking part in activities such as, discussion programs, solidarity group activities, club activities, give introductions about home countries, giving and listening to lectures, and partay. 😛
In short, we’d be acting as mini ambasaddors of our home countries as we stop by every SEA nation to give courtesy calls, attend receptions and participate in institutional visits. Some would get immersed into other cultures through homestays and interaction with local youths.
SO YES. That’s what I’ll be up to from 21st October to 11th December. Expect fun blog posts then! For now, there’s major training and preparation to be done.
I’m very excited and at the same time quite concerned of my social life. Hahaha. Work in the morning and afternoon and training at night till 10.30pm. When will I ever have the time to *gasp* blog and have my long leisurely lunches! No wonder they don’t let students participate anymore.