- Give assistance to their productive activities (woodwork, ceramic art and fabric crafts)
- Join recreational activities (painting craft and playing music)
- Help daily routines (serving meals and cleaning work materials)
- Join BON (Japanese summer dance) festival
Accomodation and food
Volunteers will stay in a guest house of the center.
Facilities: Japanese style bedroom (bedding is provided), kitchen, toilet (Western/Japanese), bathroom with a bathtub, laundry machine.
Meals are provided. Individual request (vegetarian food, food allergy and any other food restrictions) can’t be accepted.
Location and leisure
Hokkaido is the biggest and northernmost part of four main islands in Japan. It is also known as the 21st largest island in the world with abundant nature and a number of national parks. Kembuchi is a small town with the population of 4000, located in north central part of Hokkaido. It is surrounded by fresh-aired atmosphere. You can enjoy a lot of beautiful stars at night. On weekend, you may be able to go to the local hot springs and some landmarks in the area.
Kembuchi town (JAPANESE) http://www.town.kembuchi.hokkaido.jp/
Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and known as the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. There are more towns in Hokkaido where tourists enjoy their time, seeing beautiful nature and have fresh sea foods. If you like sushi, it is a big chance to try real Japanese sushi.
A volunteer needs at least 20,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
Sapporo city official web site (English):
Project hosted by
*The actual project term is 1 July to 30 July
Kembuchi Nishihara Gakuen is a special school for people with intellectual handicap founded in 1980 as a place where everyone gets together and live peacefully. The school has workshops for productive or creative activities so that they would have better links with the local society through the skills they acquired. Occasionally, their art works are exhibited inside of Kembuchi station. They get good reputation from tourists around the world. The partnership with CIEE has been lasting since 1998.
Kenbuchi Station/3-4 PM, 1 July
- Please be patient when talking to the residents of the school. Smooth oral communication is sometimes difficult for them.
- Prepare for presentation of your home country and bring ideas of activities to enjoy with residents.
- Should bring: clothes for volunteering (long sleeved shirts, long pants) and indoor shoes to wear inside of the school building.
- Please pay attention on what you wear when you work as a volunteer. Short skirt, shirt pants, sleeveless shirt, and other clothes which are too tight, transparent, too short, showing your underwear or private body are NOT ALLOWED.
Female only (due to the school facility)
- understanding of handicapped people and have positive attitudes to do activities with them
- Interests and understanding of Japanese culture and social manner.
- Must submit a motivation letter or description of motivation in the application form. Please include your self-introduction, interests on the project, experience, motivation in English or Japanese (if possible).
- Submit a confirmation slip (Travel information) online after your application is accepted by CIEE Japan.