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country Japan: Kurogi19-09 (Fukuoka) NICE-LI-KU19-09
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19/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
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 agriculture such as 1) cultivating rice (Ex. rice planting, cutting grass in terraced rice fields (from May to Nov.)), 2) helping local farm (green tea(May and Oct.), rice and vegetable(from May to Nov.), etc.), 3) supporting Sansonjuku's event(Ex. promotion, preparation, supporting staffs, communicating with participants, clean up).

Accomodation and food

Egao no mori center (It was Kasahara-higashi elementary school until 2004). Volunteers cook for themselves.

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.

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This project has been organized 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!

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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. [ 03-04 Aug. / 19-20 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Other requirement : Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! 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 Fukuoka airport. *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 Japanese , English
country Japan: Shintoku 19-09 (Hokkaido) NICE-LI-SH19-09
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19/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
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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

Share the rooms in the facility which Shintoku Farm members live in. Cooking with the members by turn (vegetarian is possible!).

Location and leisure

Agricultural country side, 120 km east of Sapporo. Minus 20 degrees in winter and 20 degrees in summer.

Project hosted by

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

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*Other activities : Join the local festivals. Sightseeing (hot springs, famous places in this area). *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. [ 16-17 Feb. / 11-12 May. / 03-04 Aug. / 19-20 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. *Other requirement : Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. Skills of 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: Tateya 19-09 (Nagano) NICE-LI-TT19-09
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19/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteer will help their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and chicken, etc.) and also making miso and soy-sauce, wooden toy, weaving and dyeing cloths etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and hard.

Accomodation and food

Building for volunteers in the farm, cooking as a group by turn (Vegetarian is possible!)

Location and leisure

Otari village is a small village located in the region of stunning natural beauty in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is beautiful village near Japanese Northern Alps.

Project hosted by

This project has been organized together with Tateya Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG) since 2014. KG is a NPO running 5 organic farming communities in Japan where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, those who want to learn farming, etc. in order to change our society from competitive to cooperative. Tateya Farm has 40 members, they have several backgrounds. LI-MK Maki is one of brunch in KG group.

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*Other activities : Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). Trekking. *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. [ 11-12 May. / 03-04 Aug. / 19-20 Sep. ]

Requirements

*Language : English and 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 to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Interests in agriculture and cooperation with others.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Narita or Haneda international airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, 4 hours by express train or 6-8 hours by bus and train. *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: Awara19-09 (Fukui) NICE-LI-AW19-09
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19/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Educational
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Volunteers will 1) organizing the workshop or class for children about cross-cultural understanding, 2) organizing English classes for local elder, 3) playing with local student after school and 4) maintaining the shrine forest.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers stay in the traditional house. Please bring your sleeping bag. Meals will be cooked by volunteers. There is Wi-Fi, toilet, simple shower room and kitchen.

Location and leisure

About 200 km north east of Osaka. Awara city is an agricultural city and famous for hot spring. It is close to Tojinbo (high cliffs, a natural treasure)

Project hosted by

This project has been organized together with Fukui Hito Machi Kaihatsu Keikaku, founded to making the community space for connecting local people and to renovating the local community. Honjo area in Awara city is famous for Fujino Genkuro, who is benefactor of Lu Xun to learn medical science in Japan. This group try to make international community space in this area and organize cross-cultural understanding programs for children. It is new project from 2016. Local host expect to communicate with local host.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here), to join local events. *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

Speaking some Japanese and good English, strong motivation to work with the host, respect to the local custom and life, open mind and flexibility. Experience of communication with kids can be useful!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. *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: Hirokawa 19-09 (Fukuoka) NICE-LI-HK19-09
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19/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
1 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Kids
Elderly
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Volunteers will playing kids after school and during long vacation. During program, there are spring vacation and summer vacation. KI organize Kids camp. We support it. We also support elderly people who stay in KI. We support their activities (ex. farming and taking a walk etc.). Making a opportunity to communicate Kids and elderly people.

Accomodation and food

Single room in volunteer house where it takes few minutes from KI. Meals are provided in KI (Vegetarian is available!). No smoking in building.

Location and leisure

In a relatively mild climate, originate Hirokawa flows from east to Hosshinzan, have poured into the Chikugo create an elongated basin of the plains in the basin. About 50 km south of Fukuoka city.

Project hosted by

Host organization is "Komorebi no ie", Komorebi means, it is the sunlight leaking from leaves of filtering through leaves. KI's philosophy, the elderly, the young and disabled, all live in the same town. Here, he or she respects and is respected as individual of his or her own personality. Here, he or she will not be bound physically or psychologically. The people live with nature and are co-existent harmoniously. We Komorebi would like to make such a community reality. KI and NICE cooperate from 2017. Vice-president is one of founder of Sansonjuku(NICE-LI-KU19). He would like to do LMTV program his organization. He expect connecting kids and elderly people.

Additional comments

*Other activities : We have chance to join events in Sansonjuku (NICE-LI-KU18). *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. [ 11-12 May. / 03-04 Aug. / 19-20 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : Good Japanese Basically no problem for daily conversation (including work) in Japanese. Skype interview is required. Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : ONLY Female. Respect to the local custom and life. Open mind and flexibility.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Fukuoka airport. *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: Yumefukuro 2 (Kumamoto) NICE-19-0922A
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22/09/2019 - 5/10/2019
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5 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Environmental
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Volunteers will mainly trim the bamboo trees that can increase the whole amount to fix carbon in the forest and make the bamboo charcoal to be used as fuel instead of oil as carbon offset project. Other work will include harvesting paper mulberry trees, citrus fruits, rice and helping to run marine environmental education for middle school students and ocean life investigation (incl. scuba diving!).

Accomodation and food

Volunteers house (Volunteers will borrow the bathrooms of neighbors that creates nice exchange). Meals will be cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is needed! Moved by the bicycle.

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!

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This workcamp as a part of SCC (Stop Climate Change) project has been organized with NAP (Nobel Apolication of Plant resources) since 2016. NAP is a local NPO to recover natural ecosystem cycles by promoting the regeneration and rebirth of land & sea forests. It’s been hosting workcamps since 1992 that has made significant impacts to create a forest on the reclaimed land which was built in the process of clearing the mercury from the bay. This forest bears new lives as a symbol of revival and is an important place to pray for the victims of Minamata Disease, as well as for the world to reflect on the effects of modern industrialization. As well as many other parts of Japan, bamboo trees, that was originally brought from China by human being, have been severely spreading and damaging the other trees and eco-system. There is also a new project to revitalize the marine environment. There is a lot of rubbish on the beaches, but when it’s clean, there is a lot of sea food such as oysters and sea urchins. Rehabilitation of seaweed forests is taking place since a few years ago.

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Other activities: To join the local festival, exchange party, excursion, etc. 1-3 months volunteers of SCC (Stop Climate Change) are also welcomed! (09/01-11/20, 09/01-09/30, 09/01-10/25, 09/26-10/25, 09/26-11/20, 10/21-11/20)

Requirements

Be able to ride a bicycle. High interest in environmental issues and their activities, big motivation to work hard, open mind, cooperation with others. Any experience and skills of the environmental work, Carbon research and Crowd funding are welcomed!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kagoshima and there is LCC from Tokyo (Narita) by Jetstar and Osaka by Peach. From Kagoshima airport to the meeting point, it takes 2 hours by bus. You need to arrive at Kagoshima by 11:00, Tokyo by 07:00 and Osaka by 06:00 on Sep. 22 and can leave there after 14:00 on Oct. 05 from Kagoshima and late night from Tokyo/ Osaka. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ikata19-09 (Ikata) NICE-LI-IK19-09
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27/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
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: Tateya (Nagano) NICE-19-0917A
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27/09/2019 - 28/09/2019
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6 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
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olunteers will help their organic farm (harvesting/ threshing rice, planting vegetables, taking care of animals, etc.) and their house work especially cooking. Volunteers will also carry the things in the mountain to the Maki farm and harvest rice there. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and hard.

Accomodation and food

Building for the volunteers and a few members, 5 min. walk from the farm. Meals will be cooked by volunteers together with the community people by turns. Sleeping bag is not necessary.

Location and leisure

Otari village is a small village located in the region of stunning natural beauty in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is beautiful village near “Japanese Northern Alps”. Leisure: Otari village is a small village located in the region of stunning natural beauty in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is beautiful village near “Japanese Northern Alps”.

Project hosted by

This workcamp has been organized with Kyodo Gakusha since 2015, a cooperative community where about people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, who wants to learn farming, just want to live in the nature, etc. They have 5 communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow animals and vegetables in ecological, organic way with utilizing bacterium and charcoal. Tateya Farm has 40 members and NICE started LMTV projects here since 2014. NICE also organizes workcamps and LMTV projects in Maki and Shintoku farms of Kyodo Gakusha.

Additional comments

Please see the presentation of the camp leader for the IVS contest in Japan 2015 https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/e4-54764427 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)

Requirements

Good Japanese language is not necessary, but still welcomed. Volunteers need to be physically strong and flexible to respect the way of the local host. Motivation letter is needed!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point near the project, it takes 5 hours by express bus. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport in Tokyo (Narita or Haneda) by 06:00 on Sep. 17 and can leave there after 24:00 on Sep. 28. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Gose 19-09 (Nara) NICE-LI-GS19-09
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28/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will engage the process of organic farming with duties such as cultivating vegetables and rice, weeding, harvesting and packing them for shipment.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will live by themselves in an old Japanese house. They might stay at local host's house depends on the circumstances.

Location and leisure

It is located in Gose city, Nara pref. which is about 50 km southeast of Osaka.

Project hosted by

This project is co-organized with "Sugiura Farm" that engages in organic farming for pursuing food safety and an environmentally friendly society. The owner of the farm is Mr. Sugiura, who is the only one man taking care of 2 hectares of farmland abandoned by local people because they became too old to keep working on the farm. He 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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*Other activities : Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, 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. [ 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 : High motivation to work hard. Respect for the local cultures 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. *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 19-09 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA19-09
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28/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 0 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”.

Project hosted by

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.

Additional comments

*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: Akame 19-09 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK19-09
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28/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Environmental
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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.

Project hosted by

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: Oda-Yukimiru 19-09 (Shimane) NICE-LI-OY19-09
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28/09/2019 - 13/12/2019
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.

Project hosted by

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: Misato (Shimane) NICE-19-1009A
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9/10/2019 - 22/10/2019
Additional host fee 0
8 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Festival
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Volunteers will mainly prepare and join the local festival. Cut bamboos to make lanterns and some small tools to be used in the festival. Volunteers will also need to practice traditional (but easy) music in every evening with local people to play and walk around the village at the festival. Volunteers will also organize a program in the elementary school to promoting both inter-cultural learning and also the festival to the children.

Accomodation and food

In the local community center. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns.

Location and leisure

Misato-cho located in the middle of the Shimane prefecture, famous for Iwami silver mine as a world heritage. There is hot spa, beautiful nature.

Project hosted by

This workcamp has been organized with the local group, “an executive committee of Light and Tradition festival” since 2011. Recently, aging and depopulation of the area is getting very serious as well as many other rural villages in Japan. They expect the workcamp to activate local traditional festivals related to Shintoism, which is Japanese traditional religion. This event is combined with 2 events called “Bamboo Lantern Festival” and "Gaku-uchi" which locals play Japanese drums and flute with walking around the village to wish for the productiveness of grain. Local people want us to know their traditional cultures to be succeeded to the next generation.

Additional comments

Other activities: Japanese Shinto music and dance, home stay, lecture about traditional cultures.

Requirements

Interested in Japanese old culture, positive attitude to communication with local people
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest int'l airport is Kansai (Osaka). From Osaka to the meeting point in Shimane, it will take 6.5 hours by bus. You are recommended to arrive at Kansai one day before workcamp starts. Hiroshima airport is also available, it takes about 4 hours to the meeting point. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ozuchi VS6 NICE-19-VS1101A
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1/11/2019 - 4/11/2019
Additional host fee JPY 10000
3 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
Manual Work
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Volunteers 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 Nations 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!

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 Nearest 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 11th afternoon/ can leave there after 25th noon.) Languages spoken English
country Japan: Imajo 19-11 (Fukui) NICE-LI-IJ19-11
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2/11/2019 - 13/12/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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1) Supporting to make "Dried persimmon"(harvesting, pealing and drying). 2) Discussing with local people about NEW idea of dried persimmon for activation. 3) Organizing the event for local and do some other work for the community.

Accomodation and food

Renovated house (Japanese traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet and kitchen. Volunteers share their room with the other, and don't need to bring own sleeping bag. Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. Wi-Fi can connect. Some mobile are not available.

Project hosted by

Newly organized together with "Plus times", it is founded by local people to improve their community culture. In this area, there is depopulation problem especially young people. Local people hope to continue their special culture/products (ex. dried persimmon, beautiful forest, festival and so on) This group try to (1)revival the special product (2)organizing local event (3)promotion about this area with young voluntary power and new idea.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Exchange parties with local people, nature life, visit to local festival and hot spring etc. *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 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 to work hard to simple mountain life in the isolated area. 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. *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
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