Number of volunteers:4
Aim is to make cyclical environmental preservation within the affected areas. We will maintain bamboo forest (cutting bamboo trees etc.), make bamboo charcoals. We will support local farmers (harvesting, taking care of vegetables etc.).
Let's make an environmental city, Minamata! Background Organized together with Shokubutsu Shigen No Chikara’ (Power of Natural Resource), a local NPO to recover natural ecosystem cycles by promoting the regeneration and rebirth of land & sea forests. It’s been hosting short term international workcamps almost every year since 92 that has made a significant impacts to create a forest on the reclaimed land. They will continue forest reconstruction, environmental education, agricultural work and development work of the regional cultural activities. Minamata had experienced the unique industrial pollution in the world(It is called Minamata disease).So, they want to make natural ecosystem cycles here for global environment.
Volunteers will get knowledge of revival from public disruption(Minamata disease), opportunities learning conservation forest, solving of environmental issues. Other activities Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). Location Southern part of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu, one of the four main islands of Japan. It faces a beautiful semi-closed sea called Shiranui-kai and has some gorgeous natural scenery. Terminal The nearest airport is Kagoshima airport. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the project starts and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day.
Shared the room in local house. Cooking by yourselves.
Japanese speaking skill is not necessary, but high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. High motivation to work hard and interests in environment issues. Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization ! 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.) Language English *Local host can speak English. Japanese is also welcomed! Other Please see the long term goal of this project as "Local SDGs" at https://www.slideshare.net/niceworkcamp/ 17-82084627 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)
Number of volunteers:2
We 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.
Let's support mandarin farming in edge of peninsula! Background 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.
Volunteer have opportunities learning organic mandarin farming. Other activities Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). 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. 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.
Share room (male and female are separated) at the volunteer’s house. It is traditional Japanese style house. You’ll cook by yourselves.
Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. 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. 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.) Language Some Japanese *Those who can manage to speak some of basic daily conversation in Japanese. Other *Pocket money is 20,000 JPY per month. 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. [ 26-27 Jan. / 20-21 Apr. / 06-07 Jul. / 03-04 Aug. / 28-29 Sep. / 13 Dec. ] [ The activity Blog ] http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kikuya2009
Number of volunteers:2
Volunteers' main work is 1) supporting to make "Dried persimmon"(harvesting, pealing and drying), 2) discussing with local people about NEW idea of dried persimmon for activation, 3) organizing the event for local and do some other work for the community.
Making "Dried persimmon" with local people in mountain area. You can enjoy very beautiful Japanese nature and culture! Newly organized together with "Plus times", it is founded by local people to improve their communityculture. In this area, there is depopulation problem especially young people. Local people hope to continue their special culture/products (ex. dried persimmon, beautiful forest, festival and so on) This group try to (1)revival the special product (2)organizing local event (3)promotion about this area with young voluntary power and new idea.
Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village and traditional culture. Revival of the abandon villages though the special product (Dried persimmon). The southwest part of Fukui prefecture. Minami-echizencho, Imajo area is countryside, so sometime feel isolated, but you can enjoy local life in the very beautiful/traditional place. Dried persimmon is main industry in this area. (https://goo.gl/maps/GWH5FojA6Zw) 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.
Renovated house (Japanese traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet and kitchen. Volunteers share their room with the other, and don't need to bring own sleeping bag. Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. Wi-Fi can connect. Some mobile are not available.
Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. High motivation to work hard to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. 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.) Language English and Japanese. *The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Other [ The website of local organization ] http://imajo39.com/
Number of volunteers:2
1) Agricultural works : planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, to make organic vegetables, taking care of animals, milk processing, etc.) 2) House works : cooking and cleanings along with members in the community. 3) Handcrafts and textiles : making some handcrafts and textiles for sale to the locals.
This project has been organized together with Kyodo Gakusha Shintoku Farm since 1998. Its a cooperative community where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, who wants to learn farming, etc. They have five communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow animals and vegetables in ecological, organic way with utilizing Bacterium. Their cheese got the 1st prize in the national contest!
Agricultural country side, 120 km east of Sapporo. Minus 20 degrees in winter and 20 degrees in summer.
Share the rooms in the facility which Shintoku Farm members live in. Cooking with the members by turn (vegetarian is possible!).
*Language : English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. *Other requirement : Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
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