Life Onboard
In Pics I: From Yokohama to Singapore, Dec 22, 2016
Participants wear their life jackets in the designated emergency evacuation area, as part of a compulsory safety drill onboard. Drills such as these take place intermittently throughout the voyage to ensure that both crew members and participants know how to stay safe should any incidents occur. For many participants, this is their first time travelling at sea, but everyone adjusts and gets used to their new exciting life.

Tania Alonso, a Spanish teacher, and a participant greet one another in Spanish during a session on self-introductions in different languages. The Global English and Español Training (GET) programme offers participants English and Spanish lessons to enable them to better communicate with the people they meet both onboard and in ports of call. On the 93rd Global Voyage a total of 11 GET teachers and 112 students will participate in the programme.

Two participants dance the night away under the disco ball at the welcome party for the 93rd Global Voyage. Light-hearted and entertaining events such as these are organized periodically throughout each Peace Boat voyage, sometimes to celebrate a special occasion such as Christmas or New Year. About 70 per cent of Peace Boat participants are travelling alone on this voyage; these events offer everyone an opportunity to meet new friends and have fun.

Global University student Jang Sinae, nicknamed Lovely, introduces herself to classmates through an illustration. Her keywords are: global citizen; dream; and love. The Global University is an intensive peace education programme onboard Peace Boat which aims to encourage young participants to develop their ideas about global issues through experiential and interactive learning and discussion. During the 93rd Global Voyage, 27 participants will learn about human rights and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, among other topics.

Samiha Arshad, an English teacher, holds a workshop on how to wear a hijab - a headscarf worn by Muslim women. Participants were excited to engage in this cultural exchange during which they learned about the religious significance of the hijab and asked questions freely about Islam. Samiha was thrilled to have the opportunity to share a part of her identity with those on board: "For me the hijab symbolizes modesty and my faith. I hope to continue to engage in dialogue with participants concerning religious freedom."