Saturday, January 29, 2011

The SSEAYP Experience - Goodwill Mission to Japan & ASEAN

Eunos CC YEC Vice-Chairman Fong Yoong Kheong participated in the 37th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) 2010. SSEAYP is an annual programme sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by the member-countries of ASEAN. It brings together more than 300 youths from ASEAN countries and Japan, providing them with the unique opportunity to live together on board the ship Fuji Maru for over 40 days. This year's theme for SSEAYP is "Youth Participation in Social Activities".

Yoong Kheong was the Chairperson of the Discussion Committee & Webmaster for the Singapore Contingent. During the programme, he represented the contingent as a member of the Discussion Programme Steering Committee.

Let's have a glimpse of what goes on before and during the 53-day life-changing journey!

At Changi Airport

After the SSEAYP selection process, the 28 Singapore Participating Youths (SPYs) had to undergo a 2-month long pre-departure training, which equipped them with basic cultural knowledge of the other ASEAN & Japan, and allowed them to source for sponsorships and prepare the materials/logistics required for the programme. The SPYs also had to prepare cultural performances to be showcased during the programme.

Inauguration Ceremony


The 37th SSEAYP brought the PYs to Tokyo, Port Klang, Bangkok, Jakarta, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City.

Performance graced by Her Highness Princess Akishino

In Tokyo, the PYs participated in the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit 2010 together with over 100 Local Youths from Japan.

On board the ship Fuji Maru, there are various activities for participants to take part in.

Participants are divided into Solidarity Groups (SGs). Each SG has a more or less equal representation of gender and nationalities.

Solidarity Group A

SG A at Temasek Polytechnic

Morning Exercises keep participants healthy and provide a platform for the Solidarity Groups to lead and share ideas.

Through Club Activities, participants showcase their cultures to the other participants.

Tea Ceremony

Each participating country is given a night to showcase their culture via the national presentation.

Singapore National Presentation

Participants exchange national attires

Participants are divided into 8 Discussion Groups, with topics ranging from Corporate Social Contributions to Youth Development to HIV/AIDS Prevention, etc. Each contingent needs to commit to a post-programme project related to any of the given themes.

When the ship called on the port, participants go for insitutional visits.

Visit to ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta

Visit to House of Representatives in Jakarta

Apple-picking at Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Salted Egg Making in Bangkok

Constructing the Fuji Maru model using recycled cans at Temasek Polytechnic

Visit to Foreign Trade University at Ho Chi Minh City

Doing the gangway cheer

Participants get to experience homestay in port-of-call countries.

Homestay Matching Ceremony in Iwate Prefecture, Japan

With Malaysia Host Family

With Indonesia Host Family

Participants with our Adviser Zainul at a Eunos grassroots event

With Vietnam Host Family

Host family and Participants' friends and family members were invited to tour the ship.

Not forgetting birthdays on board!

Where else would you have a chance of homestaying in 5 countries, have fun for 53 days and live with hundreds of great friends on a ship?

Join Eunos CC YEC and explore infinite possibilities!