A Floating Peace VillageEach Peace Boat voyage is a fascinating mix of people from different cultures, ages, professions and countries. The wide range of experiences, outlooks and viewpoints on building a culture of peace combine to create an eclectic onboard environment that mirrors the diversity of the world and its peoples.
Peace EducationIn order to achieve a global culture with values reflecting a genuine desire for peace and a rejection of violence, peace education must be more widely promoted and access to it increased. Since our foundation in 1983, Peace Boat has been active in peace education through the organization of educational voyages, and study and exchange programmes all over the world. On each voyage, Guest Educators are invited onboard to give lectures about the history, culture, and contemporary issues of the countries that Peace Boat visits, as well as present on global justice issues including human rights, peace education, the environment and sustainable development. Participants can take part actively in lectures, workshops and discussions with specialists from diverse learning backgrounds, as well as exchanging ideas and opinions with members of the Global University and International Student programmes.
Self Planned EventsAll participants are encouraged to contribute to life onboard by sharing their skills, talents and interests through the organization of their own events. The result is a constantly changing daily schedule of dozens of activities, including expert lectures on global issues, salsa dance classes, Swahili conversation lessons, music festivals, documentary movie screenings, soccer games on deck and whatever special skills, knowledge or experience that a Peace Boat participant may wish to share.
Cultural EventsThe diversity of cultures that participants encounter onboard Peace Boat is often celebrated in the many festivals and cultural events held onboard. In ports of call, local musicians, singers, dancers and performers are invited onto Peace Boat to share their cultural history, heritage and identity with participants. Every voyage is coloured with this celebration of differences, and past onboard events have included a Viet Namese wedding ceremony, performances from a New York gospel choir, traditional singing from South Africa, Didgeridoo carving and playing, Japanese dancing and a Peace Boat "Cultural Day" in which the array of different nationalities showcase their countries in an onboard carnival.
Language CoursesPeace Boat's onboard language programmes are open to everyone and include full-time courses in Spanish and English. Shorter pre-port lessons are also available to prepare participants for basic communication in some of the countries we visit each voyage. Languages taught on previous voyages have included Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, Swahili, Tagalog and even Sign Language for the Hearing Impaired. As Peace Boat is a Japan based organization, our Japanese lessons offer students the chance to learn a language while immersed in the culture in which it is spoken.
AdvocacyOne of the main elements of Peace Boat's work is cooperation with local and international NGOs. In most of the countries we visit, we organize a wide range of programmes around the arrival of the ship that allow us to support grassroots initiatives and contribute to local development. By holding NGO forums around the world onboard, Peace Boat also offers itself as a neutral and alternative space for networking between groups that share common concerns. The unique mobility of Peace Boat allows us to provide a venue for NGOs that are not able to convene or participate in the major international conferences. Our own participation in international civil society conventions allows us to bring to a wider audience these groups' voices, concerns and proposals.
LeisureSports, music, dance and art transcend language and cultural barriers onboard a Peace Boat voyage. The outdoor sports deck is a venue for basketball, soccer, karate, volleyball, tai-chi and also a rehearsal space for dance or musical performances. Art and craft groups form on each voyage, often working to create something to be presented in a port of call or used as part of an advocacy campaign. The open-air decks are also spaces to watch the roll of the ocean, take a swim in one of the pools or chat and meet with other participants.