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
TBA, 13 July
-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.
-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.