Call for Participation in the International Ocean Human Resource Development Project

*Applications are closed*

Onboard workshop by youth

The Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation sees the development of ocean leaders who will promote the sustainable use of our ocean for the next generation as an urgent issue and is working from 2022 to support 100 young people over five years and to provide programs that will contribute to the development of the next generation of leaders in the ocean world.

This time, by providing young people with the opportunity to board a vessel sailing in Caribbean waters, the program will give them a chance to see the current situation and issues in the islands and deepen their understanding of the actual situation, as well as share the process of reaching a consensus for action and deepen mutual understanding by introducing the maritime issues in their own region and discussing solutions to those issues.

While aboard the vessel (Passenger ship PACIFIC WORLD), participants will be asked to bring their local ocean issues, share them with other participants and the general public on board, and deepen the discussion for concrete action. They will also participate in cultural experiences and climate and maritime action programs at the ports of call and report back on their discussions at a later date.
For more information on applying for this unique and valuable experience, we look forward to receiving your application.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate students, and early carrier ocean professionals between the ages of 18 and 30* (exceptions may apply)  
Number of successful applicants: 7 (tentative)
Criteria for Successful Applicants: The final successful applicants will be selected based on the following document screening.

Google Form: Call for Participation in the International Ocean Human Resource Development Project (
*Applications are closed*
* Deadline: Sunday, August 20, 23:59 (Japan time)
* Announcement of Successful Applicants: Results will be notified individually by August 27. Please note that those not selected will not be contacted.

Contact: oceanpolicy-event(at)  *please replace "(at)" to "@"  

Sailing schedule (tentative)

Date Ports of call Remarks
September 15 & 16 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Meet Locally by the day before this Embarkation on September 15
September 18 Puntarenas, Costa Rica
September 20 & 21 Balboa, Panama
September 23 Aucho Rios, Jamaica
September 26 Miami, USA
September 30 New York, USA Scheduled to disembark on September 30

Panama Canal

Activity in Guatemala

Other Important Notes

* OPRI will cover the cost of transportation from the applicant's nearest airport to Guatemala and from New York to the applicant's nearest airport. Other expenses include lodging, visa application, and embarkation (including local lodging and insurance). Boarding fees include lodging and meals during the voyage.

* The best of the youth will have the possibility of supporting their participation in COP28, the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in the UAE starting at the end of November.

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