Online International Exchange


SWY Online


For the first time in SWY history, the program will consist of online international exchange between Japanese Participating Youth (JPYs) and the Overseas Participating Youth (OPYs.) There will be 40 JPYs and 5 OPYs from each of the 8 countries. The countries invited to participate in SWY Online are; 



New Zealand




South Africa

Sri Lanka


About SWY Online...

SWY Online will run over the course of 4 days, with the exchange activities being held entirely online. Taking advantage of SWY characteristics, the main activity is discussion, and Participating Youth (PY) implemented activities such as cultural introductions and workshops. Discussions will focus on four different themes and be organised by facilitators.


All successful applicants are expected to attend the opening and closing ceremonies, all discussion sessions and workshops. PYs that successfully complete SWY Online may be considered favourably for future Ship for World Youth Australia opportunities. 

Program Dates...

The SWY Online program will run over the dates outlined to the right.  Applicants must be available to attend all dates without exception.

  • Saturday 15th January 2022

  • Saturday 22nd January 2022

  • Saturday 29th January 2022

  • Saturday 12th February 2022


Who is eligible... 

To be eligible to represent Australia at SWY Online, you must:

  • Be 18 to 30 years old and an Australian citizen 

  • 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

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 management skills.

Additional information... 

Apply for SWY Online... 

To apply for SWY Online, please download and complete the application form below and then email the completed application form and your CV to  

Applications close 5pm (AEDT) Friday the 15th of October.


"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