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country Japan: Maki 19-07 (Nagano) NICE-LI-MK 19-07
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27/07/2019 - 20/09/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
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Volunteer will help their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and hens, etc.) and also carry the things from the town, renovate the trails, help their house work, etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and tough.

Accomodation and food

Building a straw roof (traditional house in Japan!) in farm, cooking as a group by turn (Vegetarian is possible!)

Location and leisure

In the deep mountain. Very isolated, but beautiful village near Japanese Northern Alps. About 900 meters above sea level. Something remained here that most of Japanese areas have lost in modernization.

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This project has been organized together with Maki Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG) since 2007. 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. Maki Farm has 5-10 members and is located in a very isolated area (no accessible for cars and we have to walk 4 km in the mountains!), so once it became an abandon village in 1970s. Tateya is one branch of KG.

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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 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 to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
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: Tateya 19-07 (Nagano) NICE-LI-TT19-07
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27/07/2019 - 20/09/2019
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: Shintoku 19-07 (Hokkaido) NICE-LI-SH19-07
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27/07/2019 - 20/09/2019
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

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: Awara19-07 (Fukui) NICE-LI-AW19-07
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27/07/2019 - 27/09/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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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.

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*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: Kodomo-mura (Oita) NICE-19-0729A
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29/07/2019 - 21/08/2019
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10 volunteers
1 Male / 0 female still needed
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Volunteers will help out and live together with children in the Kids Village, supporting activities and sharing your culture. Volunteers will encourage the children's independence and creativity by letting them plan the schedule. Volunteers need to respect their ideas and understand the educational approach of Kids Village!

Accomodation and food

Shared room in the local community school and tents, please bring your sleeping bag. Volunteers will cook for themselves by turns.

Location and leisure

Small village in the mountains, in the very center of Kyushu Island

Project hosted by

This project has been organized with "Kodomo-mura Project" since 1998. "Kodomo-mura Project" has been organized a summer kids camp named ‘Kodomo-mura’ (means Kids Village) for 30 children aged of 8-15. Children will join some outdoor programs, cook for themselves and live in the tent to learn about independence, sensitivity, group cooperation, global understanding and interest in different cultures. Volunteers need to prepare to spend 24 hours with children for this period (except for a few days off).

Additional comments

Other activities: Excursions, exchange parties, etc.

Requirements

Volunteers need to speak and understand some Japanese language (daily conversational level). Volunteers need to have strong motivation for working with kids for a long period.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is in Fukuoka. From Fukuoka to the meeting point, it takes 3 hours by express train. You need to arrive at Fukuoka airport by 11:00AM on the first day and can leave there after 18:00 on the last day). Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Gose 19-08 (Nara) NICE-LI-GS19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
0 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 19-08 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
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.

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: Kurogi19-08 (Fukuoka) NICE-LI-KU19-08
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3/08/2019 - 20/09/2019
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.

Project hosted by

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!

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. [ 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: Akame 19-08 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
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 - 88 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: Aibahama19-08 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-AI19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
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 19-08 (Shinmachi) NICE-LI-SM19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
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: Oda-Yukimiru 19-08 (Shimane) NICE-LI-OY19-08
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3/08/2019 - 29/09/2019
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.

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. [ 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: Erabu 2 (Kagoshima) NICE-19-0725A
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3/08/2019 - 12/08/2019
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, then do the selection. You don't need much power, but patience to keep the same work for a long time in 08:00-18:00 (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 3 sleeping rooms and one living room. Meals will be cooked by the volunteers themselves besides the lunch on the working days that will be provided by each farm.

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.

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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 do twice in March and this one for 2019. 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!"

Additional comments

Other activities: Excursion on the island (limestone cave, etc.) on the free days (once a week), welcome/ farewell parties, etc.

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.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is Naha. The ferry runs every day (Dep. Naha 07:00 - Arr. Wadomari 14:10, Dep. Wadomari 12:00 - Arr. Naha 19:00. 4,420 JPY for one way). Languages spoken Japanese
country Japan: Katsuyama 2 (Fukui) NICE-19-0803B
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3/08/2019 - 18/08/2019
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8 volunteers
0 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
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Volunteer will do various work to activate this village and preserve their culture and nature. Main work are 1) help to renovate the old traditional house by carrying the stuff, changing the floor, etc., 2) do other work for the community (e.g., reviving the abandon fields, chopping the fire woods, maintaining forest paths) and 3) supporting the local festival in the village (e.g., making paper lanterns). And do some other work for the community.

Accomodation and food

Renovated house (Japanese traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. You don't need to bring your sleeping bag. Volunteers sometime prepare the meals by themselves and sometime the meals will be provided. Wi-Fi are not connected basically.

Location and leisure

About 200 km north east of Osaka. Katsuyama is an agricultural city and famous for dinosaurs discovery. Ohara village is located at 500 a.s.l. , an

Project hosted by

NICE have been organized together with "Ohara Eco Project (OEP)" and Katsuyama city government since 2009. There were 600 inhabitants in Ohara village with 90 houses, but now only 1 elder! OEP was founded by the Foresters cooperative and local people in 2006 and have rehabilitated 7 houses of cultural heritage. Depopulation problem is serious in most of mountain parts in Japan. Many fields and forests are abandoned, so we will try to improve the situation by voluntary power!

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Other activities : Exchange parties, visit to the Dinosaurs Museum, local festival, etc.

Requirements

High motivation to work hard and simple mountain life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The closest International airport is Osaka (Kansai) airport. It takes 4 hours to the meeting point by express train. From Tokyo(Narita/Haneda), 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus (you need to arrive by 2nd Aug. afternoon/ can leave campsite after 18th noon.) Languages spoken English
country Japan: Nishisho (Tokushima) NICE-19-0805B
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5/08/2019 - 25/08/2019
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6 volunteers
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Support cultivating and maintenance local strawberry and tomato.

Accomodation and food

Small local farmhouses. Meals will be cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location and leisure

Miyoshi town, Miyoshi county, Tokushima pref. Leisure: Welcome party by locals.

Project hosted by

This project is organized for the first time by the local goup. The village is famous for its steep-slope farming that has been recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems by FAO in 2018. They grow strawberries, tomatoes, etc. in a highland where elevations exceed 1,000 meters in the village and make a living. However, villages are facing shortages due to depopulation problem. In order to pass on the agriculture and culture of the area to the next generation, local organization are accepting students and offering classes to local junior high schools. Let's carry out revitalization of the pleasant local farmers.

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Video about campsite https://youtu.be/M4Tl6hgdZCY

Requirements

Positive attitude, a willingness to work hard and communicate with local people!
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal You need to arrive at Kansai airport before the first day of the workcamp since the bus leaves on early morning. It'll take 4 hours by bus from the Kansai airport. You can leave campsite after 18:00 on 8th. Languages spoken English
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