“In the broadest terms of accomplishments, I was able to develop gain insight into the inner-workings of an international NPO, create meaningful relationships and receive valuable feedback regarding my plans. Analyzing Peace Boat and discussing how the business made ends meet was quite interesting. They have done a good job trying to develop other ways for younger people to volunteer, study, and get involved. Networking was another accomplishment. Within Peace Boat, I was able to make strong connections and discuss future plans and potential collaborations. Another one of my major accomplishments was the development and implementation of the ‘International Culture Night’ (ICN) series. Through the experience, I was able to develop skills pertaining to the development of events, communication, budgeting, marketing, and facilitation. I had the opportunity to exercise my creative abilities through the planning and marketing components and I learned a lot about budgeting. Most importantly, I became comfortable facilitating an event.
-Roarke, Oregon State University
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“I typically work four days a week in the office, but my daily tasks are still extremely varied. I help proofread materials that have been translated into English, help prepare and execute events, and worked on research projects for different staff. One of my weekly assignments is to compile a large selection of weekly news in English. This weekly newsletter is really the only form of news that people receive while they are on the ship, so I spend a lot of time gathering a good selection of news from around the world. On Wednesdays I also help prepare for the weekly study session, including set-up, reception, and breakdown after the event. The hour-long presentations are on varying things, from Gaza to World Peace Day. One day a week, I work at the office which houses GET (the English teaching branch). Together with another intern, we host a special conversation hour for Japanese people learning English. We also get to practice our Japanese every other week in the GET office.
-Tania, University of Oregon
“Twice a week, I went to the Global English Teaching (GET) section of Peace Boat, where I did a lot of training to become a better English teacher, taught my own classes, and posted fliers for GET events outside the office. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I spent the entire day at Peace Boat’s main office, doing research on many projects, creating PowerPoints, making spreadsheets, and any other tasks that were requested. On Wednesdays, I also would work at the office, but I also helped prepare the weekly “Study Meeting, where Peace Boat would invite someone internal or external to come and talk about a project/event/petition/history etc. Besides advancing my Japanese language skills, understanding how to work for a non-profit, and how to manage my time, my biggest improvement was learning how to be a better English teacher. I learned many methods and teaching styles to help me from my advisor in order to become a better teacher.”
-Eric, University of Oregon