Yes, you read it. The long wait is over!!! Application for 42nd Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) is now open. This is your chance to be one of the 28 Ambassadors of Goodwill and represent the Philippines while at the same time interact with other ASEAN and Japanese youth for 53 days as you travel to Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia onboard the luxury cruise ship Nippon Maru for this year's SSEAYP.
National Youth Commission officially announced the opening of the application for the 42nd batch of SSEAYP last February 20, 2015.
Filipino youth between 18-30 years old is highly encouraged to apply and be one of this year's Philippine Ambassador of Goodwill.
Before you apply, you might want to read my SSEAYP related posts, watch some videos or check the #SSEAYP hashtag to give you more idea about the program.
SSEAYP changed my life! It's the best way to get a first hand experience on how it is like to live in ONE ASEAN community while traveling with other young ambassadors from Japan and ASEAN. Don't miss this opportunity!
Bugkos Lahi. Isand Dugo. Isang Tinig. Isang Mithi.
LSS. This is the draft of our batch song for SSEAYP.
"Never underestimate the power of #storytelling to spark others to dream and reach for the brightest star."
I ended my February with something very close to my heart. Last weekend, I read the story about "The Boy Who Ate the Stars" to grade 3 pupils of West Fairview Elementary School together with my #SSEAYP batchmate #SPY Nigel who creatively acted out the story for the children's amusement. I never thought it will be one of the most moving and rewarding experience I will ever have as part of SSEAYP.
Almost 3 years since the first time we met each other, our Singaporean counterparts flew to the Philippines last weekend for our social contribution activity --- Project Hope Philippines now on it's 3rd year!
#PPY #PPA #ProjectHopePhilippines #myLifestyle #Voluntourism #OnceaPYalwaysaPY
SPYs flew to Philippines to extend their assistance and donations as well as actively participate in our SSEAYP joint post program activity.
In 2012, I was given the opportunity to represent the Philippines as one of the 28 Young Ambassadors of Goodwill for the 39th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) and now on it's 41st year, it is renamed to Ship for Southeast Asian and Japan Youth Program (SSEAJYP).
SSEAJYP is an annual cultural exchange program that was pioneered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and Japan in 1974. The program is handled by the participating countries with Japan as the main sponsor.
Watch the video to see why I will never forget my 53 days with SSEAYP.
Bugkos Lahi, headed by our National Leader Mabel Acosta, will be conducting its second #ProjectHope Philippines community outreach this coming May 1-4,2014 in Tacloban.
This year's beneficiary community is Baranggay Paglaum, an upland community in Tacloban. After the assessment and the consultation with the community leaders, our SSEAYP batchmate Jen Culibar shared her findings and recommendations.