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country Japan: Maki VS5(Nagano) NICE-20-V0616A
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16/06/2020 - 20/06/2020
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5 volunteers (1Male / 2female still needed)
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We will help their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and chicken) 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 hard.

Accomodation and food

Building for volunteers in the farm. Very beautiful cultural heritage! Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location and leisure

Very isolated, but beautiful place near “Japanese Northern Alps”. About 900 meters asl. There is something remained here that most of Japanese areas have lost in modernization. Leisure:Visit to the elementary school, football and baseball (optional), exchange party, etc. Study theme: Similar type of communities in each country and their networking. Bring some info.!

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This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 10 (Reduced Inequalities), organized together with Maki Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG) since 2000. 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 (not accessible for cars and we have to walk 4 km in the mountains), so once it became an abandon village in 1970s. By the local needs and circumstances, the length of the workcamps have been changed this year from 12 days for one time to 5 days for 6 times. *Outcome of this workcamp: In 2019, 7 vols. from 4 countries greatly contributed to their farming and caring animals that was difficult to finish by the time they needed without volunteers! There was also nice exchange between Community people and vols. Please see https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/e4-54764427 for the long-term goal of this project as Local SDGs at (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)

Requirements

Good Japanese language is not necessary, but still welcomed. You need to be physically strong and flexible to respect the way of the local host. Motivation letter is needed!

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Reduced Inequalities
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest international airport is in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, It takes 4 hours by express train or 6-8 hours by bus and train. You need to arrive at Narita/Haneda airport by 04:00 a.m. on First days and can leave there after 24:00 on last days. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Ozuchi VS4(Ishikawa) NICE-20-V0620A
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20/06/2020 - 22/06/2020
Additional host fee JPY 10000
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13 volunteers (1Male / 2female still needed)
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We will do various work to activate the area and success their culture. Main work may be one of (1) maintaining rice and vegetables’ fields for sustainable life (2) communicating with local 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. Leisure:Exchange parties with local people, trekking and hot spring etc. Study theme: Revival of the abandon villages. Bring some info.!

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This project is actively working for SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGs 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 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 only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses 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 workcamps and over 400 vols. joined here per year and love this village! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations! *Outcome of this workcamp: This village had become abandoned, but one of the former villagers was maintaining the terraced rice fields alone from his home in the town. But through the workcamps working together with him, he has gotten so empowered that he started living there again with his old mother since 2018! Please see the presentation made by the volunteer for the IVS contest in Japan; https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/2017e2 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)

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Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village. Also the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.

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!

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Sustainable Cities and Communities
Organization NICE Age 16 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest Domestic 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 night bus (Meeting time is First day's 11:00am, Departure time is Last day's 3:00pm at Kaga-Onsen station) Languages spoken English
country Japan: Wazuka 20-07 (Kyoto) NICE-LI-WA20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers will do natural tea farming in abandoned tea farms with EW. Working at the tea farm is physically hard. After reviving farms, EW will provide it for those who wants to start new tea farms. Volunteers are expected to join local events and weekend-workcamps too.

Accomodation and food

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

Location and leisure

*Location: About 80 km from the center of Osaka. Most of the peninsula was designated as a quasi-national park. It was selected as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan in 2013. A famous landscape known as the Beautiful Tea farms is called Cha-genkyo. *Other activities: Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (temples, shrines famous places in Nara and Kyoto).

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This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGS15 (Life on Land). This project has been organized with E-Wasa (EW), a local non-profit organization since 2015. EW, meaning good Japanese tea, was created in 2012 to organize agricultural events, support new tea farmers who live in Wazuka. Short-term volunteer programs, workcamps, have been held every year since 2001 by another local group nearby. One of the tea farmers who was a camp leader of workcamp in Wazuka was fascinated by this place and became a tea farmer here. Then, he established EW for the future of Wazuka. Wazuka is famous for green tea, called Uji-cha, the name of a different area. However, the tea farmers in Wazuka want to promote their tea as Wazuka-cha. Now, Wazuka faces depopulation, lack of workers and an aging society since most of the youth leave the town. As a result, the number of abandoned tea farms increases and the town loses its tradition, life, custom and scenery. EW hopes to host international volunteers to work together to animate the town and revitalize the tea farms.

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*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *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. [ 17-19 Apr. / 03-04 Jul. / 02-04 Oct. /18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard and interests in tea agriculture. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Open mind and flexibility.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger Life on Land
Organization NICE Age 18 - 30 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai Internation Airport (KIX) in Osaka. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour and a half by train and bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Nishisho20-07 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-NS20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers will support cultivating and maintenance local strawberry and tomato farm in the local farm. It's the busiest season for local farmers and they need their contribution. And they have opportunity to learn about local traditional way of farming, recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.

Accomodation and food

Simple local farmhouses. Meals will be cooked by volunteers.

Location and leisure

*Location: Nishisho village, Higashi Miyoshi town, Miyoshi county, Tokushima pref. *Other activities: Sightseeing on days off

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger). This project is organized by the local group. They had the first workcamp in the summer of 2019. The village is famous for its steep-slope farming that has been recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems by FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization of teh United Nations )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 labor shortage 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 with the pleasant local farmers.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. Mostly Japanese but locals welcome you without Japanese skills! *Other requirements: Positive attitude, a willingness to work hard and communicate with local people!

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal From Osaka to the meeting point, 5 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. The closest station from the village is JR Awakamo station. It takes about 90 minutes from JR Tokushima station where is the meeting point. Volunteers will be picked up at Awakamo station and it takes about 60 minutes to the village by car. *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 Japanese , English
country Japan: Yokogura20-07 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-YG20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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1 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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1) Support cultivating and selling of tomatoes. 2) Support making "tofu" and "miso". 3) Activities for preserving the village including cutting weeds

Accomodation and food

Local farmhouse "Nakajima" ( https://yokogura-inn.com/index.html ). Volunteers will cook with the host.

Location and leisure

*Location: Yokogura village, Wakimachi, Mima-city, Tokushima pref. *Other activities: Cultural exchange opportunity between locals.

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This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger). This project is organized by the local group in the village of "Yokogura" for the first time. The village is located in the area where elevations of 600 meters high where is surrounded by the magnificent Asan mountains. They grow a variety of vegetables and make "tofu" and "miso" throughout the year, however, the area is facing labor shortage due to aging population. Volunteers're required to help local farming and making processed food such as tofu and miso with young power by learning local traditional farming.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).

Requirements

*ONLY female *Language: Japanese and English. Mostly Japanese but locals welcome you without Japanese skills! *Other requirements: Cultural exchange opportunity between locals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal From Osaka to the meeting point, 5 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. The closest station from the village is JR Awakamo station. It takes about 90 minutes from JR Tokushima station where is the meeting point. Volunteers will be picked up at Awakamo station and it takes about 60 minutes to the village by car. *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 Japanese , English
country Japan: Ikata20-07 (Ikata) NICE-LI-IK20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
Agricultural
2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers will help mandarin farming (It is the main work!! Harvesting, taking care of trees, cutting grass etc., it depends 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. Volunteers cook by themselves.

Location and leisure

*Location: 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. *Other activities: Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger). This project has been organized 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

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *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. [ 25-26 Jan. / 17-19 Apr. / 03-05 Jul. / 01-02 Oct. / 18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be simple English and Japanese. *Other requirements: High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language, 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 volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for the access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken Japanese , English
country Japan: Shinmachi20-07 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-SM20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female 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. Joining in some kind of local events which BD organizes.

Accomodation and food

Single room in local apartment house. Shower room in each room. Sometimes volunteers need to share 1 room. Volunteers need to prepare for breakfast by themselves. Lunch and dinner are usually cooked by themselves, sometimes provided from the local. There is wi-fi.

Location and leisure

*Location: 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. *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).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG4 (Quality Education). This project has been organized with NPO, Bizan Daigaku (B.D) since 2019. 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 opportunities 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 local activities with volunteers.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *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. [ 25-26 Jan. / 17-19 Apr. / 03-05 Jul. / 01-02 Oct. / 18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. A few locals can speak English. When volunteers communicate with children, mainly language is Japanese. *Other requirements: High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. It's also better if volunteer have experience of taking care of children.

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal From Osaka to the meeting point, 5 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for the access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Tokushima20-07 (Tokushima) NICE-LI-TK20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female 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. Shower room in each rooms. Sometimes volunteers need to share 1 room. Volunteers need to prepare for breafast by themselves. Lunch and dinner are usually cooked by themselves, sometimes provied from the local. There is wi-fi.

Location and leisure

*Location: Tokushima City, the 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. *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).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDGS6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). This project has been organized with NPO, Bizan Daigaku (B.D) since 2015. They organize workcamp with NICE from 2013. They have many types of projects, one of the project started “Flower Road Project” from last year in Tokushima city. It made flowerbed along the national road by a 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 rivers, projects which it cooperates with a shopping street, etc. They want to activate this town though having local events with volunteers.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *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. [ 25-26 Jan. / 17-19 Apr. / 03-05 Jul. / 01-02 Oct. / 18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! *Other requirements: Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities Clean Water and Sanitation
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. From Osaka to the project site, 5 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Akame20-07 (Mie) NICE-LI-AK20-07
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3/07/2020 - 24/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
Environmental
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers will work on various types of activity related to forest conservation, agricultural projects in mountainous nature and experiential learning events in nature. The forest conservation will be cutting trees, branches and maintaining the footpaths. For the agricultural work, volunteers will be taking care of the chickens raised by the free-range farming and slaughter old enough chickens for eating by themselves, harvesting and packaging mushrooms. Volunteers are also expected to help to organize some environmental events (e.g., to collect edible wild plants, nature observation) in the mountain.

Accomodation and food

Single room, in a pension named Eco Resort Akame. Volunteers cook by themselves.

Location and leisure

*Location: Kami-Mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit. *Other activities: Many opportunities to learn the local wisdom. Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here).

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDGS15 (Life on Land). This project has been organized together with a local environmental non-profit organization (NPO) Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru Kai (ASSK) since 1998. Since this area is close to big cities Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans to build a golf field and an incinerator, but local people stopped those plans by the movement called National Trust. ASSK founded the group in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect lands. Also, ASSK accepts people who want to enjoy nature, and maintains forests, creates a pond for dragonflies, hosts national copse meeting, etc. SATOYAMA needs to be maintained by humans for its biodiversity and water adjustment function. Our ancestors had protected and utilized the forest ecologically and sustainably, which was neglected by modernization. We will try to revive it by voluntary global power!!

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *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. [ 25-26 Jan. / 17-19 Apr. / 03-05 Jul. / 01-02 Oct. / 18 Dec. ]

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Some levels of Japanese speaking skills as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard with simple mountain life in a remote area. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Interests in environmental issues. Open mind and flexibility.

Sustainable Development Goals

Life on Land
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Kansai international airport. From Osaka to the project site, 1 hour by train. *Volunteers are required to arrive in Japan no later than one day before the orientation and leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Using Kansai International Airport (KIX) is convenient for access to the orientation and project site. Languages spoken Japanese
country Japan: Awara 20-07 (Fukui) NICE-LI-AW20-07
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6/07/2020 - 19/08/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
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Kids
2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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1) Organize the workshop or English activity for children about cross-cultural understanding 2) Organize English classes for local elder 3) Play with the local students after school 4) Maintain the community environment and so on.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers stay in a traditional house. Please bring a sleeping bag. Cooking meals by volunteers self. There is Wi-Fi, toilet, simple shower room and kitchen.

Location and leisure

*Location: About 200 km from Osaka. Awara city is an agricultural city and famous for its hot spring. It is close to Tojinbo (high cliffs, a natural treasure). *Other activities: Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here), joining local events.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG4 (Quality Education). 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 a benefactor of Luxun to learn medical science in Japan. This group tries to make international community space in this area and organize cross-cultural understanding programs for children. The local host expects to communicate with the locals.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per one month

Requirements

*Language: English and Japanese. The local host can speak English. But Japanese skill is helpful for talking with kids. *Other requirements: Strong motivation to work with Kids, respect to the local custom and life, open mind and flexibility. Experience in communication with kids is necessary!

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Komatsu airport. But it has only a domestic terminal, so volunteers need to arrive in Narita/Haneda international airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the project site, it takes 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the first day and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: FARMING WITH HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN CIEEJ2024
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13/07/2020 - 18/09/2020
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2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers join daily work with handicapped residents and staff of Kyodo-gakusha. -Work at pig farm, chicken farm with local handicapped residents -Help meat processing -Vegetable farm work such as weeding and harvesting -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, 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 3,300 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. This year, Sapporo Odori Park will be the venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Marathon and Race Walk. 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.sapporo.travel/?lang=en

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 five locations of kyodo-gakusya in Japan, two in Nagano, two in Hokkaido and one in Tokyo. ‘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. Kyodo-gakusha (JAPANESE): https://kyodogakusya.or.jp

Meeting point

TBA, 13 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, short 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 Rumoi bus terminal (Chuo Bus) Languages spoken English , Japanese
country Japan: Kawaba 20-07 (Gunma) NICE-LI-KW20-07
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17/07/2020 - 31/08/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
Kids
2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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AC organizes Kids camps every August for 2weeks. It is non-programing kids camps. It means that kids make all programs by themselves during the camp. Volunteers will prepare, manage and support Kids. Volunteers also support AC events, for example, Oze (One of the famous national parks in Japan) nature school, cooking events, etc.

Accomodation and food

During the kids camps, volunteers will sleep in a tent with kids. Before/after the camp, volunteers will stay at a mountain house called Yamanoie. All basic facilities are provided. There is wifi there. Cooking by volunteers self. During the kids camps, cook with kids.

Location and leisure

*Location: Mountain area located around 150 km from Tokyo. 81% of the village is occupied by the forest and there are 5 clean rivers that are going through. It is located near Oze national park. *Other activities: Various enjoyable programs with kids, exchange parties, etc.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDGS4 (Quality Education). This project has been organized together with is Aruking-Club (AC). They work on the theme of making a good relationship between nature and human beings. Their aim is to make people know different faces of nature…beautiful nature, strong nature, strict nature, and generous nature, etc. As a bridge between people and nature, they organize a lot of outdoor activities, like 2 weeks summer camp for kids, nature walking, nature watching, outdoor sports, etc.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month.

Requirements

*Language: Japanese Basically no problem for daily conversation (including work) in Japanese. Skype interview is required. *Other requirements: Strong motivation to communicate with kids, enjoy a simple life and respect for the local culture and way of the local organization! Experience in kids camps can be useful!

Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Narita/Haneda airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the project site, about 3 hours by train or 3 hours by bus. *Volunteer 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
country Japan: Yasuoka 20-07 (Nagano) NICE-LW-YA20-07
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18/07/2020 - 31/08/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
Kids
3 volunteers (1Male / 2female still needed)
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Volunteers will assist to run various types of 3-10 days of kids summer camps such as playing with kids, managing safety, food, and other stuff, helping kids to cook, preparing and cleaning the places. We will be separated into each program to work with local staff, so don’t expect to be there as a group.

Accomodation and food

Tents in the camping site.

Location and leisure

*Location: The south edge of Nagano prefecture and 80% of the village land is forested. 40% of 2,000 inhabitants are aged 65 or more. They have a rich nature and a lot of fruit farms! *Other activities: Various enjoyable programs with kids, exchange parties, etc.

Project hosted by

This project has been organized with Green Wood (GW) since 2007. GW is a local NPO established in 2093 to promote the education of kids by experience in nature. They run a school for students from cities, first aid classes, kids exchange projects in northeast Asia and various types of children’s nature experience camps for community planning. They have many staff members and also short term volunteers (for several days), but need more long term volunteers to run the summer program stably.

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).

Requirements

*Language: Japanese Basically no problem for daily conversation (including work) in Japanese. Skype interview is required. *Other requirements: High motivation to work with kids and run outdoor activities even in rain. Positive attitude to communicate with kids.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Narita/Haneda airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 2.5 hours by highway bus. *Volunteer 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
country Japan: Tokushima 2 (Tokushima) NICE-20-0718A
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18/07/2020 - 27/07/2020
Additional host fee JPY 6000
Festival
Cultural
6 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
Festival
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"・Learn about Awa Ningyo Joruri then practice the performance to perform at Tenjin Festival ・Learn about Tenjin Festival and support preparing and cleaning after the festival (including cleaning and weeding at the shrine). ・Manage a workshop for learning about Ningyo Joruri with children"

Accomodation and food

Sharing house(renovated apartment) in Tokushima city. All meals will be prepared by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.

Location and leisure

Tokushima city, Tokushima pref. Leisure: Participate in other activities with local people, Experience Japanese culture etc. Study theme: Learn and support a festival with history and a National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property, Awa Ningyo Joruri.

Project hosted by

This project is actively working for SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with the local NPO ""Bizan Daigaku"" whose aim is to revitalize the community for the first time. This is the first workcamp with Tokushima Bizan Ten-Jinja Shrine and Mr. Martin Holman who is the first foreign puppeteer of ""ningyo Joruri"". Mr.Holman has studied Ningyo Joruri for more than 30 years and performed it in the US as well. He has moved to Tokushima from Kentucky in the US in autumn of 2019. They aim to achieve a diverse society in the region by supporting the inheritance of traditional culture; learning deeply about Awa Ningyo Joruri, a traditional performing art of Tokushima, which has been designated as National Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property and learning deeply about as well as supporting the operation of the Festival, which is known as the Tenjin Festival held at Tokushima Ten Jinja Shrine. *Outcome of this workcamp: We expect that both of local and volunteers recognize how important to pass such a traditional culture to next generation and enjoy learning performance.

Additional comments

"Video on Tokushima city: Undiscovered Tokushima, The Real Tokushima https://youtu.be/osjj3MfpnM0"

Requirements

Positive attitude, a willingness to learn. Most importantly, strong sense of responsibility to make the festival and the Joruri performance successful.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest int'l airport is Kansai (Osaka). From Osaka to the meeting point in Tokushima, it takes 3 hours by highway bus. Volunteers are recommended to arrive there one day before workcamp starts since the bus leaves early. Volunteers need to arrive at the meeting point by 13:00 on 18th and can leave there after 13:00 on 27th. Languages spoken English
country Japan: Onuma 20-07 (Hokkaido) NICE-LW-ON20-07
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21/07/2020 - 13/09/2020
Additional host fee JPY 12000
Environmental
Agricultural
Cultural
5 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
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Volunteers will cut alien trees and planting native trees to create better forests around the lake in a mountain. Also, volunteers will support local farmers, to harvest tomato, potato, etc. Volunteers will join and support some local festivals to cheer up for people who live in around Onuma area. Volunteers also join and support such as international festivals and local festivals in Hakodate city.

Accomodation and food

Rental house and apartment house near the lake. Cooked by vols. by turn.

Location and leisure

*Location: South of Hokkaido islands, in a national park near Hakodate city which is famous for romantic view in the night, especially for sweet couples! *Other activities: Excursion, exchange parties, local events, farming experience, school visit, sports, etc. Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here).

Project hosted by

This project has been organized with Milestone 22, a local NGO to promote voluntary service and international exchange. Short term projects have been organized since 2004. Though Onuma lake has been a popular tourism spot for a long time because of its beautiful scenery, it has been polluted by overuse of agricultural chemicals by cattle farming and erosion from abandoned forests with non-native trees. A leader of Fishermen’s Cooperative has bought a forest and wants to revive it to original nature!

Additional comments

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).

Requirements

*Language: English The local host can speak English. Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but the high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirements: Interests in environmental issues and agriculture. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization! Motivation to work hard. Open mind and cooperation with others.
Organization NICE Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal The nearest airport is Hakodate airport in Hokkaido. From Hakodate city, 1 hour by train. From Sapporo city, 3 hours by express train. *Volunteer needs to arrive at Hakodate airport by 12:00 on the 1st day and can leave Hakodate airport after 12:00 on the last day. Languages spoken English , Japanese
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