TEN youths will leave Fiji tomorrow as part of a delegation to the 25th Ship for the World Youth program.
A morning tea was hosted by the Minister for Youths and Sports, Commander Viliame Naupoto, yesterday to farewell the young men and women chosen from across the country.
The program is a Japanese government-funded initiative which aims to encourage foreign youth exchange, at the same time deepening their understanding through various cultural activities.
It also fosters international co-operation and promotes friendship between the young people of Japan and other countries.
Speaking to the Fiji delegates yesterday, Cdr Naupoto urged the youths to learn to bond with their foreign counterparts.
He said the program was also a good avenue for cultural exchanges and a platform to learn from each other.
Cdr Naupoto said his ministry received 101 applications from around the country, 35 were short-listed and 10 were selected.
A member of the Fiji delegate, Pene Nakaora of Rotuma, who is a mental health champion said he planned to interact better with youths from other countries.
"I want to acquire adequate knowledge while onboard the ship so that I can make better use of it in Fiji," Mr Nakaora said.
About 140 youths from 12 countries and 140 youths from Japan will live together on the ship for 31 days.
The ministry has provided $30,000 for the delegation's preparations.