Volunteers will work on various types of activity related to forest conservation, agricultural projects in mountainous nature and experiential learning events in nature. The forest conservation will be cutting trees, branches and maintaining the footpaths. For the agricultural work, volunteers will be taking care of the chickens raised by the free-range farming and slaughter old enough chickens for eating by themselves, harvesting and packaging mushrooms. Volunteers are also expected to help to organize some environmental events (e.g., to collect edible wild plants, nature observation) in the mountain.
Accomodation and food
Single room, in a pension named Eco Resort Akame. Volunteers cook by themselves.
Location and leisure
*Location: Kami-Mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit.
*Other activities: Many opportunities to learn the local wisdom. Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here).
Project hosted by
This project has been organized together with a local environmental non-profit organization (NPO) Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru Kai (ASSK) since 1998. Since this area is close to big cities Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans to build a golf field and an incinerator, but local people stopped those plans by the movement called National Trust. ASSK founded the group in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect lands. Also, ASSK accepts people who want to enjoy nature, and maintains forests, creates a pond for dragonflies, hosts national copse meeting, etc. SATOYAMA needs to be maintained by humans for its biodiversity and water adjustment function. Our ancestors had protected and utilized the forest ecologically and sustainably, which was neglected by modernization. We will try to revive it by voluntary global power!!
*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).
*Term: If you want to participate in dates other than the above (either shorter or longer), please choose your start/end date among the following seminar dates.
[ 25-26 Jan. / 17-19 Apr. / 03-05 Jul. / 01-02 Oct. / 18 Dec. ]
*Language: English and Japanese.
The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Some levels of Japanese speaking skills as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed.
*Other requirements: High motivation to work hard with simple mountain life in a remote area. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Interests in environmental issues. Open mind and flexibility.