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country Japan: Samegawa 20-02 (Fukushima) NICE-LI-SA20-02
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15/02/2020 - 10/05/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will do some farming such as planting rice, cutting the grasses, sowing seeds and harvesting in the land of ANSN. ANSN organizes many events on weekends. Volunteers will help to accept smoothly people from kids to adults, family. Volunteers will support and enjoy with them. Especially at the end of July to the end of August, ANSN organizes many kids camp programs.

Accomodation and food

A private room of the nature school. Meals will be provided by the local host. During kid camp, Volunteers will stay with kids.

Location and leisure

*Location: Small village in the forest area, the population is about 5,000, surrounded by rich nature. The temperature in winter can be minus 5-10 though the inside buildings are warm enough! 75km far from Fukushima nuclear power plant. *Other activities: Participation in local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places around the project site).

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This project has been organized together with the Abukuma Nature School Network (ANSN) since 2006. Their theme is learning from soil and nature, living together. Many children in Fukushima are forced to stay indoors for fear of health risks from radioactivity, having been released in the air by the nuclear disaster since March 2011. ANSN started to organize kid camps for kids in Fukushima. The kid camps are called Fukushima Kids (FK). FK bring about more than 40 elementary, junior high or high school students at a time to areas with lower radiation levels, to conduct a series of camps during vacations (some 5-day camps in summer and winter) and weekends.

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*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. [ 15-16 Feb. / 09-10 May. / 25-26 Jul. / 23-24 Sep. /18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*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: Strong motivation to work with the host and live in the remote area with a lot of nature, respect to the local custom and life, flexibility, positive mind and those who like children.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Narita/Haneda airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 2.5 hours by highway bus. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken Japanese , English
country Japan: Shintoku 20-02 (Hokkaido) NICE-LI-SH20-02
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15/02/2020 - 10/05/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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1) Agricultural works : planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, to make organic vegetables, taking care of animals, milk processing, etc.) 2) House works : cooking and cleanings along with members in the community. 3) Handcrafts and textiles : making some handcrafts and textiles for sale to the locals.

Accomodation and food

A Shared room in the facility which Shintoku Farm members live in. Cooking with the members by turn (vegetarian is possible!).

Location and leisure

*Location: Agricultural countryside, 120 km east of Sapporo. Minus 20 degrees in winter and 20 degrees in summer. *Other activities: Join the local festivals. Sightseeing (hot springs, famous places in this area).

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This project has been organized together with Kyodo Gakusha Shintoku Farm since 1998. It's a cooperative community where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, who want to learn agriculture, etc. They have five communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow animals and vegetables ecologically, organic way with utilizing Bacterium. Their cheese got the 1st prize in the national contest!

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*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per one 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. [ 15-16 Feb. / 09-10 May. / 25-26 Jul. / 23-24 Sep. /18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. *Other requirements: Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. Skills in agriculture or construction can be useful!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is New Chitose airport in Hokkaido. *But Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Narita or Haneda international airport for joining the orientation/evaluation seminar, also needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Ishinomaki(Miyagi) NICE-20-0218B
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18/02/2020 - 25/02/2020
Additional host fee 0
8 volunteers
1 Male / 0 female still needed
Environmental
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Help with maintenance for the bamboo forest around the [Hyappou-kan] community space, as well as community building. Additionally, we will help children with their homework at [Terako-ya] after school and organize international exchange events.

Accomodation and food

Volunteer house (Japanese style). Simple self-catering. Meal is cooked by volunteer by turn. Shared room.

Location and leisure

1 hour by bus from Sendai Station. Situated on the East of Miyagi Prefecture with Kitakami River stretching through from North to South. Inland area thrives with rice cultivation while coastal area flourishes with fisheries and aquaculture. Leisure:Exchange with the locals, sightseeing, etc.

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This project is held in collaboration with [Ishimaki Kawanokami Project] commencing since 2019. It is situated in the northern part of Ishinomaki City, Kawanokami. It is an area with a population of 400 family households who resided in Ishinomaki City’s coastal area before the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and the region’s local residences. In 2015 [Kawanokami Project] began with the concept [Cultivate the town, nurture the people] to enrich the region’s community. To create a place for the residences to interact with one another through [Hyappyou-kan], a combination of café and library. Our goal: to endorse the region while connecting with the next generation.

Requirements

Need High motivation to work for disaster area and respect the local culture and way of the local organization!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Sendai airport. Or use Shinkansen (or overnight bus) from Narita/ Haneda airport. Volunteers need to arrive at Narita/ Haneda airport by the 18th morning and can leave the project site on the 25th morning. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ikata(Ehime) NICE-20-0223C
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23/02/2020 - 12/03/2020
Additional host fee 0
10 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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We will help orange farming such as harvesting, taking care of trees, cutting grass etc. We will separate into 5-6 groups to help different farms. Work is physically hard from early morning to evening. We will also visit school to organize class for international interact.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in old traditional house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns.

Location and leisure

In the edge of Sata Peninsula, surrounded by the sea, so fishing is also famous. There are only 30 houses in this community. The climate is relatively warm though it can be cold in winter. Leisure:Onsen (hot spring), exchange party

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Organized together with Kikuya Community Group (KCG), formed by the local young people to think of the future of their small village, since 2008. Ikata is famous for oranges farming, but has been facing depopulation, lack of workers and aging society since most of young people leave the town. So, the number of abandoned orange farms is increased and the town is losing its tradition, life, custom and scenery. KCG strongly hopes to host vols. to work together to animate the town and revive the farms.

Requirements

Interested in agriculture, high motivation to speak Japanese with local people
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal You need to arrive at the Kansai International airport (KIX) in Osaka by 18:00 on 22nd since from Osaka to Ehime, 7 hours by midnight bus. And from the center of Ehime to Ikata where the campsite is, you need to take a local bus and it takes over 2 hours. There is a local airport in Matsuyama city and you can take a flight from KIX to there. It takes 1 hour. You can leave Ikata after 15:00 on 12th. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Wazuka 20-03 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA20-03
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1/03/2020 - 16/04/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
1 volunteers
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Volunteers will do natural tea farming in abandoned tea farms with EW. Working at the tea farm is physically hard. After reviving farms, EW will provide it for those who wants to start new tea farms. Volunteers are expected to join local events and weekend-workcamps too.

Accomodation and food

Single room at the volunteer’s house. Cooking by volunteers

Location and leisure

*Location: About 80 km from the center of Osaka. Most of the peninsula was designated as a quasi-national park. It was selected as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan in 2013. A famous landscape known as the Beautiful Tea farms is called Cha-genkyo. *Other activities: Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (temples, shrines famous places in Nara and Kyoto).

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This project has been organized with E-Wasa (EW), a local non-profit organization since 2015. EW, meaning good Japanese tea, was created in 2012 to organize agricultural events, support new tea farmers who live in Wazuka. Short-term volunteer programs, workcamps, have been held every year since 2001 by another local group nearby. One of the tea farmers who was a camp leader of workcamp in Wazuka was fascinated by this place and became a tea farmer here. Then, he established EW for the future of Wazuka. Wazuka is famous for green tea, called Uji-cha, the name of a different area. However, the tea farmers in Wazuka want to promote their tea as Wazuka-cha. Now, Wazuka faces depopulation, lack of workers and an aging society since most of the youth leave the town. As a result, the number of abandoned tea farms increases and the town loses its tradition, life, custom and scenery. EW hopes to host international volunteers to work together to animate the town and revitalize the tea farms.

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*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. [ 17-19 Apr. / 03-04 Jul. / 02-04 Oct. /18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard and interests in tea agriculture. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai Internation Airport (KIX) in Osaka. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour and a half by train and bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Erabu(Kagoshima) NICE-20-0301J
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1/03/2020 - 14/03/2020
Additional host fee 0
8 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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The volunteers will be spilt into 3 farms (without change in the whole period) and mainly help to harvest the flowers and other work such as selection and rapping of flowers. Working hours will be 08:30-18:00 (sometimes, even longer) with some tea and lunch breaks. There will be pocket money to be used for meals (besides the lunch on the working days) and a part of the travel cost to the island.

Accomodation and food

Local house with 2 sleeping rooms, bath, toilet and one living room. Meals will be cooked by the volunteers themselves, but lunch on the working days will be provided by each farm. It is just near the beach and you can see the sea turtles from there!

Location and leisure

Okino erabu island. It originally belonged to Ryukyu kingdom of Okinawa islands which deeply effects the culture. It had been once occupied by the USA after the World War II, but returned back to Japan in 1953. Leisure:Excursion on the island (limestone cave, etc.) on the free days (maybe, Mar. 4 and 11), welcome/ farewell parties, swimming in the beach, etc.

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This workcamp has been organized with a group of farmers since 1995. The project has been held mostly in March, but stopped in 2011-17 due to the local circumstances and revived in 2018. Since the workcamp in 2018 was successful, they have decided to continue. The project started by the links with the President of NICE who had a farm stay here in his student days. The island has rich, beautiful sub tropical nature with corral leaf on the beach without being polluted by the tourism. As the location is isolated and very far from the cities, they can hardly get the paid workers to help their farm work, so vols. help it to protect their industry and life!

Requirements

Very good Japanese (no problem for the daily and work conversation). Respect to the culture and farm life and high motivation to work hard. You don't need much power, but patience to keep (and positive attitude to enjoy!) the same work
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is Naha. The ferry runs every day (Naha 07:00 - Wadomari 14:10, Wadomari 12:00 - Naha 19:00. 4,420 JPY for one way). Vols. need to arrive at Naha by the end of Feb. 29 and can leave there after the beginning of Mar. 15. Languages spoken Japanese
country Japan: Akame 2(Mie) NICE-20-0302B
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2/03/2020 - 16/03/2020
Additional host fee 0
10 volunteers
1 Male / 2 female still needed
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Volunteers will cut down trees and carry them out so that SATOYAMA forest can be kept in the healthy condition for biodiversity. Vols. need to use blades and sometimes machineries after the lecture on how to use them. Work is quite hard from morning to evening even in rain if it’s not so heavy. Vols. may take care of chickens raised by the free range farming and slaughter old chickens for eating by themselves. Sometimes, we may interact with mentally challenged people who work every day for the same things as you will do.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in a log house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is NO need. Depends on the amount of work and consideration for the environment, volunteers may take a shower once every two days. Water might be only cold.

Location and leisure

Workcamp is held in Kami-mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit. Leisure:Hiking, cultural exchange parties, etc.

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This workcamp has been organized with Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru kai, a local environmental NPO for conservation of SATOYAMA forest since 1999. Since this area is close from 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. They founded the group in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect lands, to accept people who want to enjoy nature, to maintain forests, to create a pond for dragonflies, to host 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 in ecological and sustainable way, which was neglected by modernization. We will try to revive it by global voluntary power!!

Requirements

Strong motivation and Physical strength are needed. One of the local hosts is a strict Japanese man who works hard for SATOYAMA and the environment with passion.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai (Osaka) or Nagoya (Chubu Centrair). To the meeting point, it will take about 1.5 hour by train from the both airports above. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport by 10:00 on 1st and can leave there after 19:00 on 16th. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Minamata(Kumamoto) NICE-20-0314B
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14/03/2020 - 29/03/2020
Additional host fee 0
12 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will mainly work for renovation of the bamboo gate in Eco House and cutting bamboos, making bamboo charcoals. Volunteers also join and support international festival in Minamata. Volunteers will cook your international dishes by ourselves in this event. Volunteers will sell that dishes to local people and enhance the mood in this event etc.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers house (Volunteers will borrow the bathrooms of local host that creates nice exchange). Cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is needed!

Location and leisure

South west in Kyushu islands. People are cheerful and many of man like to drink sake!! If lucky, you could enjoy parties under cherry flowers! Leisure:To join seminar about environment and local festival, elementary school visit, etc.

Project hosted by

This project has been organized together with Minamata International Friendship Association (MIFA) since 1992. Though there was a big tragedy of public pollution 40 years ago, it’s completely safe now and Minamata is pioneering to be ecological town by distinguishing garbage into 21 categories, etc. The workcamps have been creating a forest on the reclaimed land to bear new lives as a symbol of revival, with strong wish of the patients as well as doing various community works to activate local communities.

Requirements

Interest to protect nature, recycling environmental protection and to exchange with people. Volunteers need to ride on bicycle.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is Fukuoka airport. From Fukuoka to the meeting point, it takes about 1.5 hours by bullet train. Volunteers need to arrive the airport by 09:00 on Mar. 14th and can leave there after 16:00 on Mar. 29th. From Osaka, 6 hours by bullet train (you need to arrive at Kansai airport by 6:00 on Mar. 14th and leave there from 11:00 on Mar. 30th). Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ozuchi 2(Ishikawa) NICE-20-0314A
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14/03/2020 - 27/03/2020
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7 volunteers
1 Male / 0 female still needed
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Main work is organizing and preparing for English kids camp. For example, playing international games, cooking international meals and speaking with children. From 6 to 18 years old children/students enjoy international days in the beautiful nature. Volunteer prepare though online for this program before coming here. We possibly also support agriculture and do some other work for the community.

Accomodation and food

Renovated house (traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Winter Sleeping bag is needed! Food will be cooked by volunteers. Wi-Fi and internet are nothing. There is a cat.

Location and leisure

The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is far from 20 minute from Kaga-onsen station. And surrounded by mountains, you can enjoy rich nature. Leisure:Exchange parties with local people, enjoy Japanese hot spring etc.

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Organized together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We will try to improve the situation of the village by young voluntary power. Since 2016, Ozuchi village and NICE have started 'Weekend Workcamp', and more than 400 people do volunteering here per year and they love this village! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!

Requirements

High motivation to work hard, simple life in the isolated mountain area and respect to the local culture. *KIDS FRIENDLY mind is necessary!
Organization NICE Age 16 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest Domestic terminal is Komatsu. International airport is Osaka (Kansai) or Tokyo (Haneda/ Narita). From Osaka, 4 hours by express train. From Tokyo, 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by highway bus (For taking night bus, you need to arrive by 13th afternoon/ can leave there after 27th noon.) Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ozuchi VS1(Ishikawa) NICE-20-V0319A
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19/03/2020 - 23/03/2020
Additional host fee JPY 5000
14 volunteers
4 Male / 5 female still needed
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Main work is organizing and preparing for English kids camp. For example, playing international games, cooking international meals and speaking with children. From 6 to 12 years old children enjoy international program in this village. Volunteer prepare though online for this program before coming here. International children also join this Kids program and communicate with local children. We possibly also support agriculture and do some other work for the community.

Accomodation and food

Renovated house (traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Winter Sleeping bag is needed! Food will be cooked by volunteers. wi-fi and internet are nothing. There is a cat.

Location and leisure

The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was main industry. Leisure:Exchange parties with local people, enjoy Japanese hot spring etc.

Project hosted by

Organized together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We will try to improve the situation of the village by young voluntary power. Since 2016, Ozuchi village and NICE have started 'Weekend Workcamp', and more than 400 people do volunteering here per year and they love this village! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!

Requirements

Only families (Children should be 6-12 years old) can join this program. Basically, up to 4 persons (2 adults) per family. High motivation to work and cooperate. Respect to the local culture. Children also needed to communicate with local kids and support the program.
Organization NICE Age 6 - 97 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest Domestic terminal is Komatsu. International airport is Osaka (Kansai) or Tokyo (Haneda/ Narita). From Osaka, 4 hours by express train. From Tokyo, 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by highway bus (For taking night bus, you need to arrive by 18th afternoon/ can leave there after 23th noon.) Languages spoken English
country Japan: Wazuka 20-04 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA20-04
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17/04/2020 - 2/07/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
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Volunteers will do natural tea farming in abandoned tea farms with EW. Working at the tea farm is physically hard. After reviving farms, EW will provide it for those who wants to start new tea farms. Volunteers are expected to join local events and weekend-workcamps too.

Accomodation and food

Single room at the volunteer’s house. Cooking by volunteers

Location and leisure

*Location: About 80 km from the center of Osaka. Most of the peninsula was designated as a quasi-national park. It was selected as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan in 2013. A famous landscape known as the Beautiful Tea farms is called Cha-genkyo. *Other activities: Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (temples, shrines famous places in Nara and Kyoto).

Project hosted by

This project has been organized with E-Wasa (EW), a local non-profit organization since 2015. EW, meaning good Japanese tea, was created in 2012 to organize agricultural events, support new tea farmers who live in Wazuka. Short-term volunteer programs, workcamps, have been held every year since 2001 by another local group nearby. One of the tea farmers who was a camp leader of workcamp in Wazuka was fascinated by this place and became a tea farmer here. Then, he established EW for the future of Wazuka. Wazuka is famous for green tea, called Uji-cha, the name of a different area. However, the tea farmers in Wazuka want to promote their tea as Wazuka-cha. Now, Wazuka faces depopulation, lack of workers and an aging society since most of the youth leave the town. As a result, the number of abandoned tea farms increases and the town loses its tradition, life, custom and scenery. EW hopes to host international volunteers to work together to animate the town and revitalize the tea farms.

Additional comments

*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. [ 17-19 Apr. / 03-04 Jul. / 02-04 Oct. /18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard and interests in tea agriculture. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai Internation Airport (KIX) in Osaka. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour and a half by train and bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Gose20-04 (Nara) NICE-LI-GS20-04
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17/04/2020 - 2/07/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
1 volunteers
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Volunteers will engage in the process of organic farming with duties such as cultivating vegetables and rice, weeding, harvesting and packing them for shipment.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers stay at an old Japanese house next to the local host's one. The kitchen and shower are shared with the local host. Volunteers cook by themselves. Smoking is not allowed. A cat and dog are kept around the house.

Location and leisure

*Location: It is located in Gose city, Nara pref. which is about 50 km southeast of Osaka. *Other activities: Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, temples and shrines).

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This project is co-organized with Sugiura Farm that engages in organic farming for pursuing food safety and environmental-friendly society. The owner of this farm is Mr. Sugiura who is the only one man taking care of 2 hectares of farmland abandoned by local people. The local people became too old to keep working on the farm. Mr. Sugiura cultivates, harvests crops, even makes fertilizer and processes the harvest into products. He is working not only for crops but also for conserving the environment and the beautiful scenery of living fields in the countryside of Japan.

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*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. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese The local host speaks English. But also High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language. *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 agriculture.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. From Osaka to the project site, 2 hours by train. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Tokushima20-04 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-TK20-04
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17/04/2020 - 2/07/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Maintaining flowerbed (ex. watering, removing grass etc.), and support for local event cleaning up river, shopping street with local people to activate the area and communication with local people. Also volunteers will join local some activities and events.

Accomodation and food

Single room in local apartment house. Shower room in each rooms. Sometimes volunteers need to share 1 room. Volunteers need to prepare for breafast by themselves. Lunch and dinner are usually cooked by themselves, sometimes provied from the local. There is wi-fi.

Location and leisure

*Location: Tokushima City, the capital of Tokushima Prefecture, has a population of about 260,000. The city is in northern Tokushima Prefecture where the Yoshino River and its tributaries create a delta. *Other activities: Awa Odori Festival on August, Exchange parties, experiencing Japanese culture, etc. Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here).

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This project has been organized with NPO, Bizan Daigaku (B.D) since 2015. They organize workcamp with NICE from 2013. They have many types of projects, one of the project started “Flower Road Project” from last year in Tokushima city. It made flowerbed along the national road by a local citizen. But it is difficult to do daily maintenance (ex. watering, removing grass etc.) for them. So, they want to keep it with international volunteers. B.D. has also other projects, cleaning up rivers, projects which it cooperates with a shopping street, etc. They want to activate this town though having local events with volunteers.

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*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. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. From Osaka to the project site, 5 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Akame20-04 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK20-04
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17/04/2020 - 2/07/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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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!!

Additional comments

*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. ]

Requirements

*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.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour by train. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken Japanese
country Japan: Ozuchi VS2 NICE-20-V0418A
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18/04/2020 - 20/04/2020
Additional host fee JPY 10000
13 volunteers
1 Male / 2 female still needed
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Work

We will do various work to activate the area and success their culture. Main work may be one of (1) maintaining rice and vegetables’ fields for sustainable life (2) communicating with local people. And do some other work for the community.

Accomodation and food

Renovated house (traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Sleeping bag is needed! Food will be cooked by volunteers. Wi-Fi and internet are nothing. There is a cat.

Location and leisure

The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was main industry. Leisure:Revival of the abandon villages. Bring some info.!

Project hosted by

Organized together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We will try to improve the situation of the village by young voluntary power. Since 2016, Ozuchi village and NICE have started 'Weekend Workcamp', and more than 400 people do volunteering here per year and they love this village! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!

Requirements

High motivation to work hard and simple life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization!
Organization NICE Age 16 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest Domestic terminal is Komatsu. International airport is Osaka (Kansai) or Tokyo (Haneda/ Narita). From Osaka, 4 hours by express train. From Tokyo, 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus (Meeting time is First day's 11:00am, Departure time is Last day's 3:00pm at Kaga-Onsen station) Languages spoken English
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