Peace Education and the SDGs in Latin America – Summer 2018

SDG Study Program and “Youth for SDGs” Scholarship

Program registration and scholarship application is now closed

Travel in Central America and Mexico with the Peace Boat and learn about the UN SDGs in an experiential study program “Peace Education and the SDGs in Latin America”, taking place July 20-August 3, 2018 during Peace Boat’s 98th Voyage, visiting Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

In 2015, 193 UN member states came together to define 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to shape the global agenda for sustainable development in the next fifteen years and beyond. Peace Boat has made promoting and advancing the UN SDGs a key part of its mission.

This program is for students, activists, and lifelong learners of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities who are currently or previously involved in SDG-related activities or have a strong desire to learn about sustainable development.

Space is limited!

Youth for the SDGs Scholarship

Achieving the SDGs requires mobilization of young people through entrepreneurship, volunteering, research, education and other endeavors. Toward this aim, Peace Boat US is providing two full scholarships (program fee and travel expenses) and a limited number of partial scholarships under the “Youth for the SDGs” theme. Please see below for application criteria and qualities we are looking for in applicants.

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Program and Itinerary

Sailing onboard Peace Boat, you’ll attend presentations, seminars, and workshops addressing the SDGs. You’ll also enjoy being immersed in the onboard community with many opportunities to participate in other cultural, educational, and social activities and events.

In ports, you’ll visit local NGOs and others who are working directly on SDG issues related to climate change, youth engagement, and policy-making.

  • July 20-23 – Visit the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Panama to learn about efforts in the Latin American region to maintain peace and sustainability, highlighting SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals; exchange with indigenous communities and refugee youth. Embark in Cristobal, Panama
  • July 24 – Sail through the Panama Canal
  • July 24-26 – Onboard program including guest speaker lectures and presentations on the SDGs
  • July 26 – Arrival in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, join a program focused on SDG #13: Climate Action while exploring the rich natural environment of the rain forests and coastlines
  • July 27-31 – Onboard program including lectures and workshops on Sustainable Development
  • July 31-August 2 – Arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, hold an exchange program with local communities as well as experience the pristine nature in Puerto Vallarta, focusing on SDG #14: Life Below Water and the conservation of our marine resources
  • August 3 – Return home
  • Full Voyage Itinerary

Peace Boat US is partnering with Wildlife Works to make our programs carbon neutral.

Program fee: $2700

  • Includes: all meals, onboard programs, onboard accommodation (shared occupancy) port programs, transportation during port programs, tips, and port charges
  • Does not include: airfare to and from program, travel insurance, visa expenses if necessary, and misc personal expenses
  • Passport must be valid through February 28, 2019
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining visas if necessary per nationality

Upon initial registration, we will send further details about completing the voyage registration, documents for submission, and payment processes. Short-listed scholarship applicants will be contacted individually to schedule an interview process.

Important deadlines

  • Initial Registration and Scholarship Application – May 1
  • Deposit and balance payment deadlines and processes will be confirmed soon.

Program registration and scholarship application is now closed


Scholarship Criteria

  • Ages 18-30 years old
  • Currently or previously involved in SDG-related initiatives
  • Ability to obtain visas for relevant countries if necessary
  • Possess a passport valid through February 28, 2019

Qualities we are looking for in scholarship applicants

  • Leadership skills
  • Strong speaking and presentation ability (in English)
  • Experience volunteering or working on SDG-related initiatives, with particular emphasis on SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG14 (Life Below Water), as part of Peace Boat’s commitment to the Ocean Pathway Partnership, a COP23 initiative recognizing the critical relationship between climate and the ocean, and reflecting the.Call for Action from the first UN Ocean Conference in 2017
  • Commitment and plans for continuing SDG-related work in the future