YOUTHS in the Northern Division have been urged to show their interest in the Ship for World Youth program in an effort to increase their knowledge of different cultures and lifestyles.
Ship for World Youth Alumni Association Fiji president Patrick Morgam said they only received a handful of applications from the north this year.
"Youths in the north don't show much interest in this program despite our advertisement for expressions of interest," Mr Morgam said.
"We want youths, especially those in rural areas, to take part in this program because it's an eye-opener and a lifetime opportunity for them to learn from delegates from other countries."
The program this year, Mr Morgam said, would be held in Japan with the aim of broadening the global view of Japanese youths.
He said the program was also aimed at promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Japanese and other foreign youths.
"Such programs also cultivate the spirit of international co-operation and the competencies to practise and foster the youths with capabilities of showing leadership in various areas of international society," Mr Morgam said.
About 280 youths from around the globe are expected be part of this year's program.