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country Japan: Tateya VS NICE-19-VS05211
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21/05/2019 - 25/05/2019
Additional host fee JPY 10000
7 volunteers
1 Male / 2 female still needed
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Volunteers will help their organic farm (mainly planting rice and possibly also taking care of the animals such as cows) and their house work especially cooking. 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.

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

Other activities: Exchange program, etc. Volunteers can enjoy sightseeing in Hakuba on the departure day.

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 in 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 May 21 and can leave there after 24:00 on May 25. Languages spoken English
country Japan: HELPING CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR HAN CIEEJ1923
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1/07/2019 - 31/07/2019
Additional host fee 0
3 volunteers
0 Male / 2 female still needed
Disabilities
Art
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- Give assistance to their productive activities (woodwork, ceramic art and fabric crafts) - Join recreational activities (painting craft and playing music) - Help daily routines (serving meals and cleaning work materials) - Join BON (Japanese summer dance) festival

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will stay in a guest house of the center. Facilities: Japanese style bedroom (bedding is provided), kitchen, toilet (Western/Japanese), bathroom with a bathtub, laundry machine. Meals are provided. Individual request (vegetarian food, food allergy and any other food restrictions) can’t be accepted.

Location and leisure

Hokkaido is the biggest and northernmost part of four main islands in Japan. It is also known as the 21st largest island in the world with abundant nature and a number of national parks. Kembuchi is a small town with the population of 4000, located in north central part of Hokkaido. It is surrounded by fresh-aired atmosphere. You can enjoy a lot of beautiful stars at night. On weekend, you may be able to go to the local hot springs and some landmarks in the area. Kembuchi town (JAPANESE) http://www.town.kembuchi.hokkaido.jp/ Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and known as the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. There are more towns in Hokkaido where tourists enjoy their time, seeing beautiful nature and have fresh sea foods. If you like sushi, it is a big chance to try real Japanese sushi. A volunteer needs at least 20,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day. Sapporo city official web site (English): http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/english/index.html

Project hosted by

*The actual project term is 1 July to 30 July Kembuchi Nishihara Gakuen is a special school for people with intellectual handicap founded in 1980 as a place where everyone gets together and live peacefully. The school has workshops for productive or creative activities so that they would have better links with the local society through the skills they acquired. Occasionally, their art works are exhibited inside of Kembuchi station. They get good reputation from tourists around the world. The partnership with CIEE has been lasting since 1998.

Meeting point

Kenbuchi Station/3-4 PM, 1 July

Additional comments

- Please be patient when talking to the residents of the school. Smooth oral communication is sometimes difficult for them. - Prepare for presentation of your home country and bring ideas of activities to enjoy with residents. - Should bring: clothes for volunteering (long sleeved shirts, long pants) and indoor shoes to wear inside of the school building. - Please pay attention on what you wear when you work as a volunteer. Short skirt, shirt pants, sleeveless shirt, and other clothes which are too tight, transparent, too short, showing your underwear or private body are NOT ALLOWED.

Requirements

Female only (due to the school facility) - understanding of handicapped people and have positive attitudes to do activities with them - Interests and understanding of Japanese culture and social manner. - Must submit a motivation letter or description of motivation in the application form. Please include your self-introduction, interests on the project, experience, motivation in English or Japanese (if possible). - Submit a confirmation slip (Travel information) online after your application is accepted by CIEE Japan.
Organization CIEE Japan Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Asashikawa Airprot (domestic) Train Station: Kenbuchi Station (Soya Honsen Line) Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Shinmachi 19-07 (Shinmachi) NICE-LI-SM19-07
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6/07/2019 - 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.

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: Akame 19-07 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK19-07
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6/07/2019 - 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.

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 :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: Gose 19-07 (Nara) NICE-LI-GS19-07
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6/07/2019 - 29/09/2019
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.

Additional comments

*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: Ikata19-07 (Ikata) NICE-LI-IK19-07
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6/07/2019 - 29/09/2019
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: Wazuka 19-07 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA19-07
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6/07/2019 - 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”.

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: Imabari 19-07 (Ehime) NICE-LI-IM19-07
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6/07/2019 - 29/09/2019
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.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Join the local events, going out to a park, the river, the sea with children. Cycling in Shimanami road. *Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). (*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.) *Term : If you want to participate in dates other than the above (either shorter or longer), please choose your start / end date among the following seminar dates. [ 20-21 Apr. / 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. /13 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language : English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! Beginner level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirement : High motivation to work with kids. Positive attitude to communicate with children.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Matsuyama airport. From Matsuyama to the meeting point, 2 hours by bus. *But Volunteer needs to book the flight ticket to Kansai international airport for joining the orientation / evaluation seminar, also needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Aibahama19-07 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-AI19-07
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6/07/2019 - 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: Oda-Yukimiru 19-07 (Shimane) NICE-LI-OY19-07
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6/07/2019 - 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: Hiroshima 19-07 (Hiroshima) NICE-LI-HS19-07
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6/07/2019 - 29/09/2019
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: Ozuchi 19-07 (Ishikawa) NICE-LI-OZ19-07
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6/07/2019 - 20/09/2019
Additional host fee JPY 12000
2 volunteers
1 Male / 1 female still needed
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Volunteers will do various work to activate Ozuchi village and preserve their culture and nature. Main work is maintaining vegetables’ fields and rice fields for sustainable life. 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 prepare the meals by themselves. Wi-Fi are not connected basically. There is a cat in this village.

Location and leisure

The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but you can enjoy mountain life in the very beautiful/traditional place. Charcoal making was main industry.

Project hosted by

NICE have been organized together with "Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura" since 2013, founded by local people to keep the Japanese original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses are remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. This group try to improve this depopulation situation by young voluntary power. Volunteers have been tried to (1) agriculture, (2) maintain the forest, (3) organize the event of culture exchange for local people and (4) exchange of ideas for improvement regional development though workcamps.

Additional comments

*Other activities : Exchange parties with local people, trekking, activity in the river 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 : Some Japanese Those who can manage to speak some of basic daily conversation in Japanese. High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language. *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
country Japan: SHOEI INTERINATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHA CIEEJ1921
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10/07/2019 - 12/08/2019
Additional host fee 0
3 volunteers
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Work in Kose area (10 July to 30 July) This summer, volunteers of this project will - Prepare for the local summer festival - Cook meals of volunteer’s home country and serve for the visitors - Clean a shrine and the accommodation Volunteers join a workcamp in Mimasaka city (CIEEJ1906) from 30 July to 12 August - Presentation of meals of your home country - Attending International Youth program - Experiencing Japanese culture like ‘KABUKI’ - Helping cooking class in English and classes of English and other languages - Pruning trees of hydrangea

Accomodation and food

In Kose area, volunteers stay in Japanese style share house ‘Torikaze’ http://torikaze.jp/#room After joining with the group of CIEEJ 1906 workcamp, each volunteer stays with a local family separately. Meals are prepared by volunteers at Torikaze, provided by host families in the second week.

Location and leisure

Kose is an area of MImasaka city. Mimasaka city is located in OKAYAMA prefecture in the western part of the mainland of Japan and it is famous for beautiful landscapes and hot springs. The most notable sightseeing spot is the birthplace of Musashi Miyamoto (1584~1645), the strongest swords man handling two swords at the same time. It takes one and half hours by train (JR Kishin line) from the nearest train station to Himeji city in HYOGO prefecture. Their landmark Himeji Castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931 and the World Cultural Heritage in 1993. Regarding the schedule on Sundays, please ask your host family if they have any plan made for the day before you make your own schedules. Keep in mind that you are strongly expected to spend time with your host family on weekends. Please do not make any plan with your friends on weekends without agreement with your host family in advance. A volunteer is recommended to bring 5,000-20,000yen for sightseeing, souvenirs, and other personal expenses.

Project hosted by

Minna de Shoei (meaning ‘All Shoei’ in Japanese) is a local group in Okayama prefecture to support the foundation of new organization in Mimasaka area. They are working to improve civic activities and facilitate collaboration and networking among different organizations. Most membership organizations belong to environment, child care or community support section to solve ongoing social problems. The host organization expects this project to stimulate the community and accelerate the international communication and cultural exchange among Japanese and international volunteer members. Volunteers will first work in an area called Mimasaka KOSE (美作市巨勢). It is organized by an NPO named Torikaze, founded in 2014 in order to make the rural area more revitalized and attractive to visitors and new settlers. Their activities are based on a community center which was used to be an elementary school for long time. By remodeling the gymnasium, they host events such as music recital and festival event. They play such an active role in this community. Volunteers also have a chance to stay with a local family who have experienced hosting international students or lived in overseas. Mimasaka sightseeing Navi: http://www.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/kanko/ Kose area information http://www.web-okayama.jp/kose/ Torikaze http://torikaze.jp/

Meeting point

Mimasaka Interchange (Chugoku Highway Bus)/ 3-4 PM, 10 July

Additional comments

-Volunteers are treated as a family member, NOT a guest. You may need to do your laundry by yourself, help do dishes, clean rooms. Follow house rules and instruction by MIEA staff. Don’t go out without permission of your host family after dark. Getting out for drink at night is not allowed. -Prepare presentation of your home country including recipe of meals representing your home country. Volunteers are expected to cook for 10 people. Bring ingredients and seasonings which you can’t get in Japan. - Should bring: Cotton gloves, long sleeve shirts and long pants to cover your hands, arms and legs, a hat or a cap, water bottle, rain coat, sunscreen, bath towels, facial towels, anti-mosquito bites spray, medicine you need. If your foot size is over 28cm, bring a pair of rain boots covering your shins.

Requirements

-Skill of riding a bicycle is essential (volunteers travel daily by bicycle 5km to 20 km a day.) - Be fit enough for travel by bicycle every day. - Interests and understanding of Japanese culture and social manner. - Must submit a motivation letter or description of motivation in the application form. Please include your self-introduction, interests on the project, experience, motivation in English or Japanese (if possible). - Submit a confirmation slip (Travel information) online after your application is accepted by CIEE Japan.
Organization CIEE Japan Age 18 - 25 Age
Nearest terminal Train: JR Hayashino station Bus: Chugoku Highway Mimasaka Interchange Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Ozuchi VS4 NICE-19-VS0712A
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12/07/2019 - 15/07/2019
Additional host fee JPY 10000
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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: FARMING WITH HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN CIEEJ1924
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17/07/2019 - 18/09/2019
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Volunteers join daily work with handicapped residents and staff of Kyodo-gakusha. -Vegetable farm work such as weeding and harvesting -Help meat processing -Prepare meals and sweets for residents -Daily routines such as cleaning in the facility

Accomodation and food

Accommodation is the facility of Kyodo-gakusha. Facilities: Bedding is provided in bedrooms, kitchen, toilet, bathroom with a bathtub, laundry machine. Meals are provided. Vegetarian is accepted but can’t accept individual requests (food allergy and other restrictions).

Location and leisure

Hokkaido, as the biggest and northernmost prefecture in Japan, attracts millions of tourists throughout the year. It is also known as the 21st largest island in the world with abundant nature and a number of national parks. Not only by the vast wilderness, the island also possesses breezy and dry climate in summer and the mountain ranges will be covered by beautiful crystal powder in winter. Neiraku in Obira machi in Rumoi-gun, is a small town with about 4,000 residents. It is a 34-hectare hill-land in the middle of a rice paddy region about 15Kms east from the Japan Sea and west of Asahikawa. Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido and known as the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. There are more towns in Hokkaido where tourists enjoy their time, seeing beautiful nature and have fresh sea foods. If you like sushi, it is a big chance to try real Japanese sushi. A volunteer needs at least 10,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day. Sapporo city official web site (English): http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/english/index.html

Project hosted by

“Kyodo-gakusha” are groups who believe that it is best to live close to nature in order to seek better living possibilities and to experience the joys and the hardships of life. All Kyodo-gakusha houses are located in villages in the countryside. There are four locations of kyodo-gakusya in Japan, Two in Nagano and other two in Hokkaido. ‘Kyodo’ means ‘work & live together’, ‘gakusha’ means campus in Japanese. Hokkaido Neiraku kyodo gakusha was founded in June 1977. They grow not only rice and vegetables, but also hogs and chickens for maintaining self-sufficient, sustainable farm life. Since 1996, they focus on producing sausages, bacons, salami and white rice as well as selling them directly to local consumers. There are about 20 people living and operating Neiraku Kyodo-gakusha. Most of them are physically or mentally handicapped adults (mostly Male) facing difficulties in society or having a good family relationship. Neiraku Kyodo-gakusha helps those people by making a better living place so that they can live together and cooperates hand in hand with others. Their abilities and characteristics may not work well in school or workplace but they accept them regardless of academic background or social experience. The members thus are expected to work and learn together and to try to make this place like their real home. CIEE has been hosting an international volunteer project since 2011. Neiraku Kyodo-gakusha (JAPANESE): http://www.kyodogakusya.or.jp/neiraku/index.html

Meeting point

Rumoi bus terminal (Chuo Bus)/ 4-5 PM, 17 July

Additional comments

- Please be patient when talking to the residents of Kyodo-gakusha. Smooth oral communication is sometimes difficult for them. - Prepare for presentation of your home country including a recipe of meal representing the country for 20 people and bring seasonings and ingredients which you can’t get in Japan. - Should bring: clothes for volunteering (you might get dirty working outside) - Please pay attention on what you wear when you work as a volunteer. Short skirt, shirt pants, sleeveless shirt, and other clothes which are too tight, transparent, too short, showing your underwear or private body are NOT ALLOWED.

Requirements

- understanding of handicapped people and have positive attitudes to do activities with them - Interests and understanding of Japanese culture and social manner. - Must submit a motivation letter or description of motivation in the application form. Please include your self-introduction, interests on the project, experience, motivation in English or Japanese (if possible). - Submit a confirmation slip (Travel information) online after your application is accepted by CIEE Japan.
Organization CIEE Japan Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Shin-Chitose Airport /Asahikawa Airport (domestic) Train Station: JR Rumoi Station Bus: Rumoi bus terminal (Chuo Bus) Languages spoken English , Japanese
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