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country Japan: Ikata (Ehime) NICE-19-02231
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23/02/2019 - 12/03/2019
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13 volunteers
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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.

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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 increasing 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 Kansai international airport(KIX, Osaka) is the biggest international airport close to the meeting point in Ehime. From Osaka to Ehime, 7 hours by midnight bus. You need to arrive at KIX by 18:00 on 22nd and can leave KIX after 15:00 on 13th. There is a local airport in Matsuyama too. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Tennen village (Chiba) NICE-19-03021
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2/03/2019 - 15/03/2019
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10 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will help local farmers to take care of terraced rice fields before the season of rice planting. Volunteers will also help cutting the grass in the abandoned farm, making traditional bamboo charcoal, and organize some local events. The contents of work will be changed due to weather, please be flexible!

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in a house made of natural wood. Shared room. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is NOT needed.

Location and leisure

Kamogawa city is located in southern Chiba pref. It takes only 2 hours from the central Tokyo by bus, however, you can enjoy its rich nature such as beautiful coastline and terraced rice fields.

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This project has been organized with Association for Activating Hiratsuka area (AAH) since 2017. AAH is formed by local farmers with the aim of utilization local resources to increase the attractiveness of Hiratsuka area by maintaining the hiking trail and helping to organize local events and so on. AAH also has cooperated with Tennen-mura for revival of abandoned farmland such as traditional terraced rice fields. Tennen-mura (means 'Natural Village') is an institution providing city people opportunities and accommodation to experience of farming and country life. They need power of young international volunteers for vitalizing the aging community.

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Other activities: Cultural exchange party with local people, hiking, and sightseeing in city.

Requirements

Interested in Japanese agriculture, positive attitude to work outside and cooperativeness.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is inTokyo (Narita/ Haneda). From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 1.5 hours by bus. You need to arrive at the airport in Tokyo (Narita/ Haneda) by 9:00 AM on the first day and can leave there after 17:00 PM on the last day. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Akame 3 (Mie) NICE-19-03042
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4/03/2019 - 18/03/2019
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10 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will cut down trees in the forest and carry them out so that SATOYAMA forest can keep healthy condition for biodiversity. For work, volunteers need to use blades and sometimes machineries with lecture how to use. Work is quite hard from morning to evening even in rain if it’s not so heavy. Sometimes, we may interact with mentally challenged people who are working 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.

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.

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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 have 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!!

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Other activities: Hiking, cultural exchange parties, etc.

Requirements

Strong motivation and Physical strength are needed.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is Kansai int. airport (Osaka) or Chubu Centrair Int. airport (Nagoya). To the meeting point, it will take about 1.5 hour by train from both airport. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport by 10:00 on 4th and can leave there after 19:00 on 18th. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Oda-Yukimiru 19-04 (Shimane) NICE-LI-OY19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Empowering NEET youth (Communication with them, they can get confidence by the experiences of communicating foreign people, to talk, to do activities). We will do various work to maintain and protect the forests such as cutting bamboos and grasses, burning grasses, etc. Activity blog: http://blog.canpan.info/ohgreen/

Accomodation and food

Share the rooms in the house named ‘Yukimi-ru’, it is the center of NEET youth members. Cooked by vols.

Location and leisure

About 250 km northwest of Osaka. Near the Sea of Japan.

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Organized together with the ‘Organization of Green and Water’ (OGW) since 2011. It was founded in 1992. This organization was established to advocate for the importance of the prairie and forest in our ecosystem. They work around Iwami Ginzan, a silver mine, which was registered as a World Heritage site in 2007. The organization wants to care for the forests and prairies. It is important to continue to care for our forests after we have disrupted the ecosystem. Extension of bamboo forests is a serious problem in Japan.

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*Other activities : Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language :Good Japanese Basically no problem for daily conversation (including work) in Japanese. Skype interview is required. Good level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility, cooperation with others. Age is until 39 years old.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour by train. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Ikata19-04 (Ikata) NICE-LI-IK19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteer will help mandarin farming (It is the main work!! Harvesting, taking care of trees, cutting grass etc., it depend on season! Especially, Nov. to April. is hard!!), support local youth club (If you have chance), and create new activities to animate the town.

Accomodation and food

Share room (male and female are separated) at the volunteer’s house. It is traditional Japanese style house. You’ll cook by yourselves.

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.

Project hosted by

Organized together with Kikuya Community Group (KCG), formed by the local young people to think of the future of their small village. Ikata is famous for its main industry of mandarins 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 mandarin farms is increasing 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.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 20-21 Apr. / 06-07 Jun. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : Some Japanese Those who can manage to speak some of basic daily conversation in Japanese. Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : High motivation to work hard. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Interests in agriculture. Be ready that work is for quite a long and hard, especially from Nov. to April.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Matsuyama airport. From Matsuyama to the meeting point, 2.5 hours by bus. *But Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Imabari 19-04 (Ehime) NICE-LI-IM19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
1 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteer will take care of children (age 0~3) at the childcare facility where the host works. They will also play with children (age 3~10) by introducing their culture or showing their special skills, like playing the musical instrument or some kind of sports, dancing, drawing, cooking. etc.

Accomodation and food

Single room at the volunteer's house. You’ll cook by yourselves. There is Wi-Fi.

Location and leisure

Imabari city, Ehime prefecture. About 300 km south west of Osaka. Near Seto Island sea.

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The worksite is the non-registered childcare facility where the host works. In Japan, there is an big issue that the number of children on waiting lists is increasing these days. Because the number of parents who are both working is increasing and they look for some registered childcare facilities to leave their child there. And many registered facilities cancels parent's application because of beyond its capacity. The host works for parents who can't leave their child at such a registered childcare facilities with various reasons.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Join the local events, going out to a park, the river, the sea with children. Cycling in Shimanami road. *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 20-21 Apr. / 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! Beginner level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : High motivation to work with kids. Positive attitude to communicate with children.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Matsuyama airport. From Matsuyama to the meeting point, 2 hours by bus. *But Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Akame 19-04 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Voluteer will do a various working to care of the forest such as cutting trees & branches, maintaining the footpaths etc.… We will take care and harvesting mushrooms and chestnuts. We also support to organize some environmental events (e.g., to collect edible wild plants, nature observation) in their field.

Accomodation and food

Single room, in the pension named ‘Eco Resort Akame’. Volunteers cook by themselves.

Location and leisure

About 60 km east of Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit.

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Organized together with is ‘Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru Kai’ (ASSK), a local environmental NPO, since 1998. In an area between Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans for a golf course and disposal of industrial garbage, but the local community has stopped them with the ‘Woods Trust’ movement. The group was formed in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect the land, to build an eco-resort to enjoy nature, to maintain forests, to create a pond for dragonflies, etc.

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*Other activities : Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language :English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : High motivation work hard to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Interests in environment issues. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour by train. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Wazuka 19-04 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Voulnteer will do natural tea farming in abandoned tea farms with EW. After reviving farms, EW will provide it for new tea farmer who want to start as new tea farmer. We will join the local events, weekend workcamp too.

Accomodation and food

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

Location and leisure

About 80 km from the center of Osaka. Most of the peninsula was designated as a quasi-national park. It was selected as “one pf the most beautiful villages in Japan” 2013. A famous landscape known as the "Beautiful Tea farms" It is called “Cha-genkyo”.

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Organized together with E-Wasa (EW) from 2015. It means good Japanese tea and is a local NPO created in 2012 to organize agricultural events, support people who live in Wazuka as new tea farmers. Short term workcamps are hosted every year since 2001 by other local group. One of tea farmers who was camp leader in the workcamp in Wazuka was fascinated, so became a tea farmer here. Then, he established EW for future of Wazuka. Wazuka is famous for green tea (called Uji-cha, but they want to PR as Wazuka-cha), but has been facing depopulation, lack of workers and aging society since most of youth leave the town. So, the number of abandoned tea farms are increasing and the town is losing its tradition, life, custom and scenery. EW hopes to host vols. to work together to animate the town and revive the tea farms.

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*Other activities : Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (temples, shrines famous places in Nara and Kyoto). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : High motivation to work hard and interests in agriculture. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour and a half by train and bus. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Aibahama19-04 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-AI19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
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 or home stay. Breakfast in café, lunch with local people, dinner with local host.

Location and leisure

Tokushima City, 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.

Project hosted by

Organized together with NPO, ‘Bizan Daigaku(B.D)’. They organize workcamp with NICE from 2013. They have many types of projects, one of project started “Flower Road Project” from last year in Tokushima city. It made flowerbed along the national road by 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 river, project which it cooperate with shopping street, etc. They want to activate this town though having local events with volunteers.

Additional comments

*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). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English and Japanese A few locals can speak English. Beginner level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearestr airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the meeting point, 5 hours by train and 3 hours by bus. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Shinmachi 19-04 (Shinmachi) NICE-LI-SM19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Visiting the local primary school and kindergarten and communicating with local students. Volunteer will prepare for some activities and lesson for children. For example, helping their homework, discuss about some game which is related with cultural exchange for them.

Accomodation and food

Single room in local apartment house or home stay. Breakfast in café or accommodation, lunch with local people, dinner with local host.

Location and leisure

Tokushima City, 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.

Project hosted by

Organized together with NPO, ‘Bizan Daigaku(B.D)’. They organize workcamp with NICE from 2013. They have many types of projects, one of project started that visiting local primary school or kindergarten from this year in Tokushima city. There is a kind of problem that the children who live in countryside face to have few opportunity to communicate with foreign people compared with city because of the lack of number of foreigners. They want to change the situation and activate both of children and the situation of education for cultural exchange through having such a local activities with volunteers.

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*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). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English and Japanese A few locals can speak English. Beginner level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. It's also better if volunteer have experience of taking care of children.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the meeting point, 5 hours by train and 3 hours by bus. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Hiroshima 19-04 (Hiroshima) NICE-LI-HS19-04
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20/04/2019 - 7/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Empowering people who have disabilities (Communication with them, they can get confidence by the experiences of communicating foreign people, to talk, to do activities)

Accomodation and food

Share the rooms in the facility named "you-en", it is the disabled people center. You will cook by yourselves. Lunch will eat together with members in the center.

Location and leisure

Hiroshima City, capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, has a population of about 1,200,000. This city is the largest city in Chugoku region. Hiroshima is the best known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon

Project hosted by

Facility for the mentally disabled people “you-en” is located rural area but very close to central area. There are Japanese old styles houses and beautiful land scape. Mentally disabled people (ex. cannot go to school or work, social withdrawal etc.) can adjust daily rhythm and find their own skills in “you-en”. For example, they make herbs and vegetables in the garden and make accessories, miscellaneous goods, antique furniture etc. in the facility. They do not have enough opportunity to communicate with various people (Foreigners etc.). Volunteers are excepted to consider their feelings and do activities together. It makes their feelings proactive and positive!

Additional comments

*Other activities : Join the center events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (historical museums, temples and shrines). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *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. [ 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language :English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai airport. From Osaka to the project site, 2 hours by bullet train. *Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai 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: Kuromatsunai 1 (Hokkaido) NICE-19-04231
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23/04/2019 - 30/04/2019
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7 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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We will mainly help to develop the farm and the biotope by cutting bamboo and other glasses, digging the soils, etc.). We will also help to maintain the nature school (e.g., cutting glasses, prepare the camp site) as well as to help the exchange programs such as “Open School” program where families and adults will enjoy the nature or the local events.

Accomodation and food

Dormitory building of the school (Quite comfortable!). Sleeping bag is not necessary. Lunch will be cooked by volunteers by turns while Breakfast and dinner will be mainly cooked by the host, but the vols. still need to help it.

Location and leisure

South west of Hokkaido island. Full of beautiful nature with national reserve of beech forests, a river and wetland. Main industry is cattle farming.

Project hosted by

This workcamp has been organized together with Buna-no-mori Shizen Gakko (nature school with beech forests) since 2003 (2015 for this work). BSG was started in 1998 to promote ecological education for kids and run various kinds of kids programs. They have started to create an organic, community farm where various kinds of people can gather and heal their bodies and mind. They are planting berries and vegetables and creating biotope along a stream in 20ha of the land and need a lot of voluntary power to develop!

Additional comments

Other activities: Exchange parties, excursion, etc.

Requirements

High motivation to work for the community farm. Similar types of experience and Japanese speaking skill are welcome!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is in Sapporo. From Sapporo to the meeting point, it takes 2 hours by express train. You need to arrive at Shin-Chitose (Sapporo) airport by 06:00 on Apr. 23 and can leave there after 18:00 on Apr. 30). From Tokyo, 13 hours by bullet train or 32 hours by ship. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Kurogi 19-04 (Fukuoka) NICE-LW-KU19-04
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27/04/2019 - 15/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
4 volunteers
2 Male / 2 female still needed
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1) Cultivating rice (Ex. rice planting, cutting grass in terraced rice fields (main work) 2) Helping local farm (green tea, rice and vegetable, etc.), 3) Involve many people who has interesting environmental projects (Ex. to organize environmental class and to support Sansonjuku events).

Accomodation and food

Egao no mori center (It was Kasahara-higashi elementary school until 2004). Volunteers cook for themselves. There may be some pocket money to support additional cost by the group (e.g.. Transportation and meals outside on free days) in some cases.

Location and leisure

Southern part of the Fukuoka prefecture. The Yame city is 482.53 km2. There are so many tee trees and terraced paddy fields.

Project hosted by

Organized together with Sansonjuku, founded in 1994, maintaining forest and step rice paddies through the projects which involves people from the city and local. They started 80-days of international workcamp with NICE since 2008 to make the footpath and maintain the forest. But on July 2012, the hardest rain ever attacked around this area. After that it had serious damages by flood. Their aim is to activate the community and sustain the program with young people from the world to conserve this rich nature and revival this area!

Additional comments

*Other activities : Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.)

Requirements

*Language : English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! Interested in environmental issues and agriculture. Motivation to work hard, open mind, cooperation with others.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Fukuoka airport. From the airport to the meeting point, 1 hour by train and 1hours by bus. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the project starts and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ozuchi VS2 NICE-19-VS05031
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3/05/2019 - 6/05/2019
Additional host fee JPY 10000
3 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
Manual Work
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We will do various work to activate the area and success their culture. Main work may be one of (1) cultivation of abandoned land and bamboo forest (2) maintaining vegetables’ fields for sustainable life (3) communicating with local old 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.

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 no people live there! Still 10 houses are 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 200 people do volunteering here! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!

Meeting point

Nearest terminal is "Komatsu". International airport isOsaka(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 11th afternoon/ can leave there after 25th noon.)

Additional comments

other activities: Exchange parties with local people, trekking and hot spring etc.

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! Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village. Also the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.
Organization NICE Age 16 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Languages spoken English
country Japan: Mashiko 19-05 (Tochigi) NICE-LW-MS19-05
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8/05/2019 - 27/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
5 volunteers
3 Male / 2 female still needed
Environmental
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1) Maintain / upgrade the children's forest 2) Maintain bamboo forest 3) involve many people who has interesting environmental projects (Ex. to organize weekend workcamp) 4) Revive the forest in disaster area in Iwaki city, Fukushima that got huge damaged by Tsunami

Accomodation and food

Single room in very big beautiful house, it is called Meizai-an. Cooked by vols. by turn. All basic facilities are provided

Location and leisure

Mashiko town is located in the east part of Tochigi prefecture and famous for potter, so the atmosphere of the town is artistic with some cultural heritages. The population of the town is about 25,000.

Project hosted by

Organized together with Tochigi Conservation Corps (TCC). Conservation Corps is long term workcamp programs in USA where 10-20 youth work for local development and environment. About 25,000 vols. join every year. To create similar programs in Japan, TCC was created in 2009 by the leader who was a LMTV coordinator of NICE. Because there are few children who are able to play and grown up in nature, TCC creates a children’s forest in which local community residents can play.

Additional comments

*Other activities : There is opportunities learning leadership, NPO management, group work, that would be useful for your future. Joining the local festivals. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.)

Requirements

*Language : English Local host can speak English. Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : Vols. from Asia is priority. But if no volunteer before start 2 months, NICE open to except Asian volunteer. High motivation to work hard and interests in environment issues and local development.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Narita / Haneda airport. From the airport to the meeting point, 3-4 hours by train and 40 min. by car. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the project starts and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English , Japanese
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