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SWY Hybrid

International Exchange


SWY Hybrid


After two years of COVID-19 disruptions, the Ship for World Youth program will return to a face-to-face exchange combined with online exchange in a hybrid format. Australian delegates will join those from:

  • Japan,

  • Bahrain,

  • Brazil,

  • Canada,

  • Mexico,

in this unique cultural exchange and youth development program. Applications are now open for Australian youth for eight funded places on the 2022-2023 SWY Hybrid program.

Applications close 5pm (AEST) Friday 2nd September 2022.

  • Oman,

  • Peru,

  • Poland,

  • South Africa, and

  • Sweden

About SWY Hybrid..

SWY hybrid will combine 1-month online exchange and 2-weeks of face-to-face exchange including discussions, seminars and cultural exchange. This program will make the most of SWY's unique characteristics as well as the benefits of modern society.

Program Dates...

The SWY hybrid program will run over the dates outlined to the right.


Applicants must be available to attend all dates without exception.

  • Friday 11th November to Sunday 13th November: Compulsory pre-departure training weekend in Canberra *please note that participation in this weekend is at your own cost

  • Sundays 27th November, 4th December and 11th December 17:00-20:00 (approx. 3 hours) *Japan Standard Time: Online exchange (Western hemisphere including Australia)

  • Saturday 19th November to Sunday 18th December: Social exchange in a virtual space open to all participants and led by the participants themselves

  • Tuesday 7th February: arrive in Japan

  • Wednesday 8th February to Friday 10th February: online readiness program for face-to-face exchange

  • Saturday 11th February to Monday 20th February: face-to-face exchange program including 3-day visit to a Japanese prefecture.

  • Tuesday 21st February: return to Australia

Who is eligible... 


To be eligible to represent Australia on this program, you must:

  • Be 18 to 32 years old and an Australian citizen *as at 1st April 2022

  • Be able to participate in the entire program, including pre-departure training in Canberra

  • Be interested in cultural exchange

  • Be willing to challenge yourself in what it means to be a global citizen

  • Be driven to develop your leadership skills

  • Be interested in Japan and facilitating friendship between Australia and Japan *Japanese language skills may be an advantage but are not a requirement of the program

What you will gain... 

The SWY program provides youth with an opportunity to study and discuss issues of common interest from a global viewpoint, through lectures, cultural exchanges and seminars. SWY participants will gain the ability to work with different cultures, communications skills, leadership skills and project management skills.

Additional information... 

Apply for SWY Hybrid... 

To apply for SWY Hybrid, please go to the application page (link below) and complete the online application form.  Please note that you will need to pre-prepare short answer questions and a short video before submitting your application.

Applications close 5pm (AEDT) Friday 2nd September 2022.

Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide individual feedback.


"SWY was an incredible program that gave me a powerful international network. It changed the way I saw myself and my nation and our place in the world.  I wish every person got the opportunity to do the SWY program"

- Regan Ashley, SWY 2016

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