Volunteers will do some farming such as planting rice, cutting the grasses, sowing seeds and harvesting in the land of ANSN. ANSN organizes many events on weekends. Volunteers will help to accept smoothly people from kids to adults, family. Volunteers will support and enjoy with them. Especially at the end of July to the end of August, ANSN organizes many kids camp programs.
Accomodation and food
A private room of the nature school. Meals will be provided by the local host.
During kid camp, Volunteers will stay with kids.
Location and leisure
*Location: Small village in the forest area, the population is about 5,000, surrounded by rich nature. The temperature in winter can be minus 5-10 though the inside buildings are warm enough! 75km far from Fukushima nuclear power plant.
*Other activities: Participation in local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc.
Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places around the project site).
Project hosted by
This project has been organized together with the Abukuma Nature School Network (ANSN) since 2006. Their theme is learning from soil and nature, living together. Many children in Fukushima are forced to stay indoors for fear of health risks from radioactivity, having been released in the air by the nuclear disaster since March 2011. ANSN started to organize kid camps for kids in Fukushima. The kid camps are called Fukushima Kids (FK). FK bring about more than 40 elementary, junior high or high school students at a time to areas with lower radiation levels, to conduct a series of camps during vacations (some 5-day camps in summer and winter) and weekends.
*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.
[ 15-16 Feb. / 09-10 May. / 25-26 Jul. / 23-24 Sep. /18 Dec. ]
*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: Strong motivation to work with the host and live in the remote area with a lot of nature, respect to the local custom and life, flexibility, positive mind and those who like children.