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country Japan: Shinko NICE-19-VS04121
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12/04/2019 - 15/04/2019
Additional host fee USD 150
20 volunteers
10 Male / 10 female still needed
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Volunteers will 1) help the nature farming (cultivation, etc.) and/ or 2) plant cherry seedlings with the local people for the whole day of 14th and optionally in the 13th morning. They will also join and help the ceremony in the 13th afternoon in the city center by setting up/ cleaning up and possibly also presenting their cultures and workcamp projects in their countries!

Accomodation and food

Public hall. Meals (attention: only vegan food is possible!) will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location and leisure

Shinko district has about 2,000 inhabitants and is located in the south west of Nagano city, in the north east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land especially in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry.

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This workcamp has been organized since 2016 with the local group, coordinated by the ex. Director of NICE who lives here since 2015. Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and has serious ongoing depopulation and aging, that is a common issue in most of the country sides (or even the whole country!) of Japan. The workcamps here have been working for nature farming, creating a trail in the mountain, helping to run some classes in the primary school and some other community work. And it's been agreed to start up the regional Workcamp Center with NICE to promote workcamps and IVS in the whole Nagano prefecture, so this 4 days workcamp is organized together with its opening ceremony!

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Other activities: Exchange party with some local people, optional sightseeing in the Nagano city in the 13th morning

Requirements

High motivation to help and join the work. Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 3 hours by the bullet train or 5 hours by bus. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport in Tokyo (Narita or Haneda) by the noon on Apr. 12 and can leave there after 15:00 on Apr. 15. Languages spoken English
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: 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.

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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. 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: 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: 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.

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: 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.

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: 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.

Project hosted by

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.

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*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: 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
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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.

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. 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
Additional host fee 0
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

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.)

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
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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: Shintoku 19-05 (Hokkaido) NICE-LI-SH19-05
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11/05/2019 - 28/07/2019
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: Awara19-05 (Fukui) NICE-LI-AW19-05
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11/05/2019 - 16/08/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Educational
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Work

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: Tateya 19-05 (Nagano) NICE-LI-TT19-05
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11/05/2019 - 28/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
Agricultural
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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.

Additional comments

*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
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