What makes a Peace Fellow?

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Chris and the Peace Boat

Christopher John Lindstrom and English and Spanish trainers aboard the Peace Boat.

By Christopher John Lindstrom, a 2011-13 Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University, Japan

As a Rotary Peace Fellow, I was excited to be able to use my experience building bridges of understanding through language all over the world on board the Peace Boat.

Peace Boat is a 33-year-old nongovernmental organization based in Japan that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development, and respect for the environment. Peace Boat’s first voyage was organized in 1983 by a group of Japanese university students as a creative response to government censorship regarding Japan’s past military aggression in the Asia-Pacific. They chartered a ship to visit neighboring countries with the aim of learning first-hand about the war from those who experienced it and initiating people-to-people exchange.

It was my pleasure to travel the world via this cruise ship during 106 days ending in July on board a vessel that embodies many of the same values as our Rotary Peace Fellowship program. Before I began the journey, I touched base with current and past peace fellows in Tokyo at International Christian University, and later three more in Iceland, and finally two more …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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