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In Japan arbeiten wir seit langem mit der 1991 gegründeten Organisation NICE (= Never-ending International Volunteer Exchange) zusammen. Die Camps zeichnen sich durch sorgfältige Vorbereitung und hervorragende Betreuung aus. Seit 1996 kooperieren wir auch mit der Organisation CIEE-Japan, die neben umfangreichen Aktivitäten im Austausch von Studenten auch Workcamps organisiert.

Beide Organisationen kennen die Projektorte und die "Local Hosts" gut und besuchen sie regelmäßig. Vor allem in ländlichen Gegenden empfiehlt es sich, ein paar japanische Wörter im Gepäck zu haben! 


Unterstütze eine Farm, auf der Menschen mit Behinderung leben und arbeiten
Japan    CIEEJ1703    Farm with handicapped    10.07.-24.07.2017    AGRI/DISA   4vols (no more male)
LANGUAGE: English / Japanese
AGE: 18 – 40
PROJECT: Hokkaido Neiraku kyodogakusya was founded in June 1977. Not only have they grown rice and vegetables, 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 Kyodogakusha. Most of them are physically or psychologically handicapped adults (mostly male) facing difficulties in society or having a good family relationship. Neiraku Kyodogakusha helps those people by making a better living place so that they can live together and cooperate 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 and it will be 7th anniversary this summer.
Kyodogakusha 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 Kyodogakusha houses are located in villages in the countryside. There are four locations of kyodogakusya in Japan, two in Nagano and other two in Hokkaido.
Official homepage (ENGLISH): http://www2.big.or.jp/~ono/kyoudoueng01.html
Official homepage (JAPANESE): http://www.kyodogakusya.or.jp/neiraku/index.html
WORK: Main tasks are…
-Vegetable farm work such as weeding and harvesting with handicapped residents
-Daily routines such as cleaning in the facility with handicapped residents
-Prepare/clean meals and sweets for residents
-Visit local elementary / Junior high school to do a presentation about your country (1 day)
-Visit the city mayor of Obira-cho and talks about your impression on the camp (1 day)
-Observe Obira shrine’s festival (1 day)
Below is the daily schedule of what international volunteers did last summer. However, work may change according to the local partner’s needs and weather and other factors. Please be flexible and get ready for unexpected work.
05:30−07:00 Wake-up, Mopping, cleaning
07:30−08:50 Breakfast, free time
08:50−09:30 Singing hymn, Meeting with the staff, exercise
09:30−12:00 Morning work (pulling unnecessary weeds, harvesting & watering vegetables)
12:10−13:30 Lunch, meeting, free time
13:30−15:30 Afternoon works
15:30−16:00 Break (Snack) time
16:00−17:30 Afternoon works
18:00−19:30 Dinner
19:30−21:00 Meeting with Volunteers, Play cards, ORIGAMI…
21:30 Go to bed
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will be accommodated in the facility owned by Neiraku Kyodogakusha. Each volunteer have own room (not shared). A room is either Japanese TATAMI with futon mattress or
Western-style room. You will share a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom with handicapped people and other volunteers. Meals will be provided 3 times a day. However, volunteers are expected to prepare setting the table and clean the dishes.
LOCATION: 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 hectale hill-land in the middle of a rice paddy region about 15Kms east from the Japan Sea and west of Asahikawa. 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 (JAPANESE): http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/english/index.html
NEXT AIRPORT: Shin-Chitose airport
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Rumoi Station
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. There are dogs, cats, chickens and pigs. So we can’t accept volunteers who have allergies to them. Volunteers need to go to bed early and wake up early. Work will start around 6:00 am.
2. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.
REMARKS: This project is suitable for those who are interested and have an understanding to Kyodogakusya’s visions and handicapped people. The work pace is slow. Most residents (mostly males) are inadaptable of fitting in a society, due to physical and mental problems while few others enjoys being self-sufficient in a small community. Your cooperation and consideration is much appreciated.
MEETING POINT: You will be meeting up with the project leader at the JR Sapporo station between 12:30-13:00 and take a local bus (2.5 hours, about 2.500 YEN in one-way) to get to Obira city (at Rumoi terminal station). Then you will be picked up by the host organization and drive 30 minutes to finally get to the project site. When booking a fight, make sure you arrive by the night of July 19 in Sapporo area. Otherwise, you will not be able to meet up with the group on the following day.

Du möchtest tief in die japanische Kultur eintauchen? Hier lebst du bei einer Gastfamilie!
Japan    CIEEJ1704    Culture and Homestay in Mimasaka    13.07.-30.07.2017    ENVI/CULT   7vols
AGE: 18 – 25
PROJECT: MIEA (Mimasaka International Exchange Association) was founded in 1998 with Mimasaka citizens who are eager to be a liaison between Mimasaka area and outside of the country. The founder started off with a small group who practice English conversation with a few native speakers. Then, they start looking for an opportunity to do a bigger international exchange. By having a slogan of “Open your eyes, mind and soul to the world”, MIEA is hoping the locals to be more proud/confident of their hometown by introducing their cultural values and tradition to international members. By learning other cultures, local children have more positive images of going abroad and making friends in other countries. CIEE Japan has started recruiting international volunteers since 1998 and we have been hosting their summer workcamp for 20 years.
MIEA (Japanese) http://www.miea.or.jp/
MIEA (English) http://www10.plala.or.jp/COOLMOON/miea/index.htm
MIEA (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimasaka-International-Exchange-Association-MIEA/206215862756330
WORK:
-Cleaning a shrine, river, walking trails, public facilities and a school
-Doing an environmental work on the riverside and a shrine
-Joining English day camp at local high school
-Cycling in Mimasaka area for tourism promotion
-Introducing cuisine of your country
-Participating a local MATSURI festival/welcome party/farewell event
-Experiencing Japanese traditional culture
Up to 3 MTV volunteers (CIEEJ1719) join this workcamp. Volunteers are expected to work collectively in a group, and work well. You will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people especially in cultural exchanges settings. Please be prepared and enjoy that exposure.
ACCOMMODATION: Each volunteer will stay separately in a local host family’s house. Volunteers should follow house rules such as “Curfew” at 6:00 PM every day. Bedding will be provided (it can be either Japanese Tatami room with futon mattress or Western-style room with a bed. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom with a bathtub.
Please always ask your host family when you use, a washer or a kitchen, etc. You may need to do the laundry by yourself or your laundry will be washed together with family’s and be asked to help with it. Please be flexible and helpful.
Three meals a day will be provided. A volunteer who has an allergy (or preference) in wheat, meat or fish can not be accepted because those are often served in a Japanese meal and a family does not prepare meals by individual request. A volunteer is also expected to eat rice, miso soup, fish (sometimes raw) as well as meat (chicken, pork and beef) on a daily basis without any problem
LOCATION: Mimasaka-city (http://kanko.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/ ) 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. Hayashino Station is located about one and half hours by train (JR Kishin line) from 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 agreeing with your host family in advance. A volunteer needs at least 5,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
NEXT AIRPORT: Kansai International Airport
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Hayashino Station
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Every volunteer must be able to ride on a bicycle for 5 km (sometimes up to 20 km) a day. A volunteer is expected to be physical strong and tough under the strong summer sunlight
2. No volunteer is accepted if he/she has a strong allergy in cats, dogs or house dust
3. It is required that volunteers should prepare and bring things you can perform/display at an international exchange event. Pictures, CD, books, magazines, toys, games or snacks of your country are suggested. You can have your own booth, display them and give presentation about your country at this event. Also, please bring home countries’ recipes and ingredients. 20 more people will come to enjoy this event with International volunteer
4. Clothes suitable for activities, such as T-shirts, pants, and sneakers. Long-sleeved shirts and a hat/cap, sun glasses are a must. In addition to clothing, please bring toiletries, towels, medicine (for cold, painkiller) and other things you need for your daily life.
5. Rain boots are needed only those who foot is over 10 inch
6. A couple is not allowed at all. We accept one volunteer from each organization

Lerne eine Schule in Japan kennen: Unterstütze die Lehrer und stelle dein Land vor!
Japan    CIEEJ1705    Educational training and Mine Village Life    16.07.-28.07.2017    EDU/CULT   5vols (no more male)
AGE: 18-30
PROJECT: Koen Gakuin is a private mission school, having its origin in Mercedarias Misioneras de Bérriz (Spain). In 1952, they established junior high school, placing high school on the side. The school is small in size, with only 160 students (from 7th to 12th graders). They focus on religious field (Catholic) and English teaching. This is a joint program with Mine slow tourism network. Volunteers have chances to deeply experience a rural Japanese school life in Yamaguchi area. The local partner is looking for volunteers who is mature, energetic and interested in revitalizing the community and accelerate communication among Japanese and international members. CIEE Japan started STV with Koen Gakuin back in 2008 and the joint program started in 2014.
Koen Gakuin School  http://www.hagikoen.jp/ 
Mine Tourism guide (ENGLISH) http://english.karusuto.com/
Mishima island http://hagikaiun.sakura.ne.jp/
WORK: First Week:
-Prepare and support 3 days Mishima island camp for local teenagers (Elementary – High school)
(this work may be cancelled if the weather is bad or there are short on students applying for the camp)
-Do some manual work at a local share house in Mine
-Intercultural exchange with local community and accelerate communication among Japanese and international members.
-Experience ZAZEN meditation at local temple
Second week:
- Join summer Program and help Junior high – high school children at Koen Gakuin (July 23th~28th)
-As an active teacher assistant, the volunteer will support classes such as culture, music, physical exercise, games, craft, cooking and even field trip to give them chances to speak out and enjoy talking in English
-Introduce children game from your home country
-Play sports and dance with Japanese children
-Cook home country cuisine for Japanese children
-Each volunteer will be responsible for giving a lecture (a presentation) about home country
ACCOMMODATION: First Week: 120 year old Japanese traditional house which is being renovated for the share house. Japanese Tatami room with futon mattress, a washer, kitchen, shower, restroom, bathroom with bathtub. Volunteers take turns and cook by themselves every day. Fresh rice and vegetables will be provided by a local farmer. A volunteer is expected to eat rice, miso soup, fish, egg, Tofu, beans on a daily basis without any problem.
Second Week: A school-owned house. You will sleep on the floor with FUTON (or sleeping bag), a washer, kitchen, shower, restroom, bathroom are available. Volunteers take turns and cook breakfast and dinner. Volunteers will have school lunch at Hagi Koen
LOCATION: Hagi is located in Yamaguchi prefecture, in the west part of Honshu, the Mainland of Japan, and faces the Sea of Japan. It is a small local city with the population of 55,000. Mishima island is located approximately 44 km from mainland Hagi, it has a population of 800 and Mishima cattle (Japanese native cattle) is registered as a Japanese National Treasure in 1928, and is one of only two remaining breeds of native cattle in the country. Mine is a neighboring city to Hagi and it is 30 minutes away from Shin Yamaguchi Station which is the hub station for bullet train. The camp location is within the area of a mysterious Akiyoshido Cave(秋芳洞) and a beautiful Beppu Benten pond (別府弁天池). They became a popular touristic spot in recent years. A volunteer needs at least 10,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
NEXT AIRPORT: Fukuoka Airport (DOMESTIC), Kansai International Airport (INTERNATIONAL). Since INTERNATIONAL airport terminal is 500 km away from the camp location, we recommend you to take a domestic flight. From Fukuoka airport, you can take a local train to get to the hub station “Hakata”. From Hakata station to Shin Yamaguchi station, you can take a bullet train (Shinkansen). It will be 40-60 minutes ride.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Ofuku Station (Mine Line)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Volunteers need a strong motivation to be an active member to teach/take care of children during each class at Hagi Koen school.
2. Volunteers will do a presentation of their countries during English class. Please prepare the topic such as your hometown, food, sports, architecture, landmarks, greetings or game.
3. Extra fee 5000 JPY(about 40 EURO). Please pay on arrival. This fee will be will be used for supporting the accommodation fee
4. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.
Volunteers should bring one white shirt with collar and trousers (either black, navy or beige) for school event. For other days, long sleeve shirt (as well as T-shirt) and long pants, swimwear (for swimming), sneakers, flip-flops, bug protected spray, bath towels, facial towels, toothpaste, brush, shampoo and conditioner, presentation material, seasonings that represent your country (salt, garlic, paste, sauce or pepper)
EXTRA FEE: 5,000 JPY (about 40 EURO)

Mit der Familie ins Workcamp nach Katsuyama
Japan    NICE-17-072    Katsuyama 1    24.07.-30.07.2017    AGRI/ARCH/FAM   16vols
PROJECT: This workcamp has been organized together with Ohara Eco Project (OEP) and Katsuyama city government since 2009. Before, there were 600 inhabitants in Ohara village with 90 houses, but now only 1 elder! OEP was founded by the foresters’ cooperative and local people in 2006 and they have rehabilitated 7 houses of cultural heritage since. Depopulation is a serious problem in most of the mountain parts in Japan. Many fields and forests are abandoned, so we will try to improve the situation by voluntary power!
WORK: Volunteers will help to renovate an old house by carrying stuff, changing the floor, etc. They will also do other work for the community (e.g. reviving abandoned fields, chopping fire wood, maintaining forest paths). You will not need to work very hard, don’t worry, but we still need you to have high motivation to work! Some of adult volunteers may also help the children enjoy the nature of mountains, rivers, etc. There will be intercultural exchange parties, visit to the Dinosaurs Museum, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be staying in a 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. Attention: Wi-fi probably not available!
STUDY THEME: “Family life in each country”
LOCATION: About 200 km north east of Osaka. Katsuyama is an agricultural city and famous for dinosaurs discovery. Ohara village is located at 500m above sea level and surrounded by mountains – a very isolated, but beautiful place.
NEAREST AIRPORT: The closest International airport is Osaka (Kansai) airport.
MEETING POINT: It takes 3.5 hours from Osaka to the meeting point near the project by express train. From Tokyo, 4.5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus. Volunteers need to arrive at the meeting point by July 24th at noon and can leave there on July 30th at noon.
REQUIREMENTS: Only families (children should be 6-12 years old) can join this program. Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization required! Speaking Japanese is welcome but not necessary!
EXTRA FEE: 500 Japanese yen per 1 child per day for meals. (3,500 yen for all workcamp days)

Pflege einen Park und unterstütze das „Bamboo Lantern Event“! Achtung: Japanischkenntnisse nötig.
Japan    CIEEJ1707    Natural Park Maintanance and Homestay    29.07.-16.08.2017    CULT/LANG   3vols (no more male)
AGE: 18 – 40
LANGUAGE: Conversational Japanese is required
PROJECT: Manyo-park was opened in 1982 as the third prefectural natural park of Shimane. In order to pursue the romanticism of “MANYO” and local performing art “IWAMI KAGURA”, Manyo-park played an important role as an intellectual recreation. Surrounded by a beautiful green nature, local people in any generation can enjoy a walk, picnic and communication with their family and friends. Manyo-park has been working to attract more international tourists so that they can stimulate the community and give them an opportunity for intercultural communication between local and foreigners. CIEE Japan started STV project with Manyo-park since 2012, and it is going to be the 6th anniversary this year.
Manyo Park Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shimane-prefectural-Manyo-park/225761124184531
WORK:
- Translate Japanese pamphlet and brochure (topic may be Masuda City, Iwami Kagura and Manyo Park) into your first language. Each volunteer needs to work on them little by little each day
- Help Bamboo lanterns event from beginning to the end (give out brochure to locals, PR at city council, Newspaper Company and TV stations, taping and painting lantern, designing the food stand, prepare/cook your home country cuisine to the visitors)
- Maintenance on the park (especially flower garden, camping place, restroom, shower room). Volunteers collect garbage, clean the areas, and water flower beds
- There are few other local events (such as balloon art and ground golf) volunteers should be flexible to local partner’s request.
You can read what Int’l have done in 2016 workcamp here: http://ohata.jp/manyou/publics/index/54/&anchor_link=page54#page54
ACCOMMODATION: Each volunteers stays separately in a local host family. You may switch to another house in between. A washer, a kitchen, a lavatory, washing machine and a bathtub with shower are available. Please always ask your host family when you use, a washer or a kitchen, etc. You may need to do the laundry by yourself or your laundry will be washed together with family’s and be asked to help with it. Please be flexible and helpful.
Internet is available inside the house. Ask your family if you need to search for something or reach for someone during free time. In general, Wi-fi around this area is limited depending on the location you volunteers.
Meals are provided three times a day but you are always welcome to offer help in cooking and cleaning. A volunteer who has an allergy (or preference) in wheat, meat or fish cannot be accepted because those are often served in a Japanese meal and a family does not prepare meals by individual request. A volunteer is also expected to eat rice, miso soup, fish (sometimes raw) as well as meat (chicken, pork and beef) on a daily basis without any problem
LOCATION: Masuda is a city located in Shimane prefecture. It has a population of approx. 50.000 and the total area is 733.24 km². From the ancient times Shimane prefecture consists of three regions namely, Izumo, Iwami and Oki. Izumo region appears in Japanese mythology as the birthplace of Japanese culture and history. The name Iwami also is much referred to in Man-yo-shu, one of the oldest existing anthology of poetry put together in the late eighth century in Japan. One of the greatest poets of the time was Kakinomoto Hitomaro, who lived in Iwami, and whose verse covered more than half of all 4,400 poems of the collection. A volunteer needs at least 5,000 JPY in cash if she wants to go sightseeing on free-day. Visit Masuda online (in English): http://visit-masuda.main.jp/
NEXT AIRPORT: Hagi Iwami Airport (Domestic), Kansai International Airport (International)
NEXT TRAIN STATION: Masuda station (JR San-in line)
SPECIAL REQUIREMETNS: Only females are accepted in this project.
1. A volunteer who has an allergy (or preference) in wheat, meat or fish can not be accepted because those are often served in a Japanese meal and a family does not prepare meals by individual request.
2. Conversational level of Japanese is required to communicate with host family and local people who do not speak English.
3. Volunteers will be interviewed, taken photos, and their images to be released in printed materials, on TV broadcast, Homepage and other medium for PR of Masuda city and Shimane prefecture.
4. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.

Unterstütze die Kinder eines Kinderzentrums und sei – anlässlich des Jahrestages der Hiroshima-Bombe - beim Peace Camp dabei
Japan    CIEEJ1709    Peace program and Kochi Village Life    30.07.-12.08.2017    KIDS/CULT   5vols
AGE: 18 – 30
PROJECT: This year is 72nd memorial year after the nuclear bomb was thrown in the city of Hiroshima in 1945. It is still recorded as the first and remains the only time nuclear weapons were ever used in a war. Every summer, Hiroshima City University hosts a 4 days FREE peace camp on their campus ground in Asaminami area in order to provide volunteers and visitors a place to stay (since hotel price go high and everything is booked before/after Aug 6th). They believe a peace camp is not just an accommodation, but also a place new people meet up and interact with each other. During the camp, people seek an opportunity to think about world peace, a society with no violence and no nuclear weapons. At the Peace memorial ceremony, Hiroshima city mayor and other VIP guests give a speech and the message from the United Nations Secretary-General will be delivered as well.
It is a joint project with KUSUNOKI childcare center, Hiroshima University and Kochi town in Hiroshima. CIEE Japan has been organizing this project since 2008 and it is going to be 10th anniversary in this summer.
WORK: - Take a good care of children at KUSUNOKI childcare center for a week (have them take a shower and a nap. Prepare snacks, read a book to them, help at the summer festival, take the children to the park)
-Participate and offer a silent prayer to 70th Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony and its related events in August 6th
-Take turns in wood chopping, cooking, planning an event (have an open air concert, do fireworks, make candles, sendoff lanterns and “KAIDAN” Ghost Stories telling during night time), pitch/clean tents. There are about 150 people (both volunteers and campers) attending the peace camp between August 4-7th.
-Attend a cultural exchange workshop/discussion with Hiroshima University Students. Last year, they made Japanese cuisine, origami, and paper fan together with International volunteers. Students are planning something new this summer
-At Kochi town, volunteers join activities to stimulate the community and accelerate communication among local and international members. More detail task to be decided.
Please note: The weather is not stable at this time of the seasons. Outdoor work (especially during camping) may change if it rains.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteer will stay at 3 different places:
1. KUSUNOKI Childcare center – On the floor with matress (July 30- August 4): You will stay in western rooms or a large room with your sleeping bag. Kitchen, restroom, bathroom with bathtub, washer, internet (free wifi), convenience store is in 1 minute, supermarket is 5 minutes away by walk. You will take turns and cook/clean by yourselves.
2. Peace Camp - Tent (August 4~7): You will sleep on a tent on the campus ground. A restroom is available. Volunteers take a shower at the school gym. No washer, no internet (free wifi). The volunteers take turns and cook/clean by themselves. During camping, they cook at least one big dinner for all volunteers
3. (August 7~12): To be defined yet.
LOCATION: Hiroshima city which has overcome and recovered from the tragedy of atomic bombing in World War II is now the biggest city in Chugoku-Shikoku Region. If you would like to visit Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe area, plan your trip after the project, you will not be able to go sightseeing those tour spots during workcamp. A volunteer needs at least 10,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
NEXT AIRPORT: Hiroshima airport (DOMESTIC). In order to get to the meeting point, It will cost about 1,500YEN/oneway. OR: Kansai International Airport (INTERNATIONAL). In order to get to the meeting point, It will cost about 10.000-13,000YEN/oneway
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Hiroshima Station South Exit
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.
EXTRA FEE: 18,000 JPY (about 150 EURO) Please pay on arrival. This fee will be used for supporting the local partner to run this camp.

Hilf mit bei verschiedenen Umweltaktivitaeten in Japan
Japan    NICE-17-163    SCC Yumefukuro    04.08.-17.08.2017    ENVI/CULT   5vols
PROJECT: Let's Stop Climate Change by volunteer's movement!! The pollution has been totally cleared away and it’s completely safe now, but the image of Minamata is still “dirty” or “dangerous” and some people are discriminated in getting jobs or finding marriage partners. The first 10 years of workcamps since 1992 made a significant impact to create a forest on the reclaimed land which was built in the process of clearing the mercury from the bay. This forest bears new lives as a symbol of revival and is an important place to pray for the victims of Minamata Disease, as well as for the world to reflect on the effects of modern industrialization. As well as many other parts of Japan, bamboo trees, that was originally brought from China by human being, have been severely spreading and damaging the other trees and eco-system. There is also a new project to revitalize the marine environment. There is a lot of rubbish on the beaches, but when it’s clean, there is a lot of sea food such as oysters etc. Rehabilitation of seaweed forests is taking place since a few years ago.
WORK: 1. Trimming bamboo trees that can increase the whole amount to fix carbon in the forest. 2. Making bamboo charcoal from ones cut in the Work 1 and use it for BBQ, etc. instead of oil. 3. Other work such as harvesting paper mulberry trees, citrus fruits, onions, helping to run marine environmental education for middle school students and ocean life investigation.
* Working time will be normally 7–8 hours per day and 5 days a week.
Volunteers will get knowledge of revival from public disruption (Minamata disease), opportunities learning conservation forest, solving of environmental issues.
ACCOMMODATION AND ACTIVITIES: Shared the house in local area. It is called "Garanse house". Cooking by yourselves. Wifi is available in the house. We use bicycle to go to project site normally. The person in charge of organizing this program is a traditional Japanese paper maker, and his wife makes textiles (she grows her own organic cotton, hand spins it into thread, dyes it with natural plant dyes, and weaves it into cloth on a loom.) If anyone is interested, we are able to make time to experience any or all of these.
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 International airport is Fukuoka. From Fukuoka airport to the meeting point, it takes 2 hours by bullet train. You need to arrive at Fukuoka airport by 12:00 on the 1st day, and can leave from the airport after 22:00 on last day).
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Interest to environmental issues, stop climate change, carbon offset.
LANGUAGE: engl, Japanese is welcomed

Organisiere eine Kinderfreizeit in Fukuoka
Japan    NICE-17-093    Kitakyushu    14.08.-27.08.2017    KIDS   10vols
PROJECT: This project has been organized together with a local group 'Upple' since 2007. Every year, Upple hosts a summer camp for kids with local college students for around 30 kids in age from 8 to 15 in Hiraodai, one of the largest karst plateaus in Japan. This kids’ camp is a great opportunity for children not only to enjoy nature, foster their independence and group cooperativeness but also to experience cross-cultural learning with international volunteers. Volunteers need to prepare for spending 24 hours with children for this period except for a few days off.
WORK: Volunteers will live together with the kids, support activities in nature and share their culture with the children. Volunteers will activate the children's independence and creativity by letting them take care of themselves as far as possible and letting them plan for activity, so volunteers will need to respect the kids’ ideas! In your free time, there might be excursions to a calcareous cave, intercultural exchange parties with local college students, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will stay in a shared room in a community center. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
LOCATION: Hiraodai in Kitakyushu city is located in the northern part of Fukuoka prefecture. It is famous for beautiful nature as for a calcareous cave.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Fukuoka
MEETING POINT: From Fukuoka to the meeting point, it takes 3 hours by express train. You need to arrive at Fukuoka airport by 11:00 on August 14th and can leave there after 15:00 on August 27th.
REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers should love children. Responsibility, group cooperativeness and high motivation to work with children are necessary! Some Japanese language skill (beginners level or more) and motivation letter is required.

Hilf mit bei einem Kunstfestival! Hier kannst du traditionelles Kunsthandwerk kennenlernen
Japan    CIEEJ1716    Art Festival in Noto Peninsula    17.08.-03.09.2017    ART/MANU   10vols
AGE: 18-40
PROJECT: “SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale” aims to be an unprecedented festival in which participating artists can rediscover the charm of the place, its patterns of life and its people, while engaging locals and supporters from elsewhere. Artworks installed across the region, from the sotoura to the uchiura, will not only show a new way to explore the Oku-Noto cape, but also suggest future directions for the oyashio-culture, including a relationship between the Japanese archipelago and the continent. Local delicacies from the sea and mountains will be prepared according to traditional recipes; there will be kiriko lanterns which are believed to relate to sea spirits; suzuyaki (unglazed ware) pottery, agehama-style salt fields (artificially flooded saltpans set above the high-tide mark), and Noto-gawara (Noto roofing tiles) – all of these distinctive things that can be encountered and experienced here remind us of the foundational layers of Japanese culture. This archetype of Japanese culture preserved in Suzu presents a forgotten Japan of profound significance for the current era, when we must consider the foundation and future of Japan in the face of global environmental issues and the corruption of ethical values within capitalism. Let’s create an art festival where traditional culture resonates with contemporary art.
CIEE Japan started an annual Triennale international workcamp 2 years ago (Niigata in 2015, Nara in 2016) and it will be 3rd anniversary this summer. More information on the English website: http://oku-noto.jp/en/about/
WORK: Volunteer's activities may vary according to the artists and locations. There may be work in carpentry, handwork and cleaning. Many of them are international artists who play an active role in international art communities.
Here is a list of all artists: http://oku-noto.jp/en/artists/
The hosting committee expects that local residents in Suzu and related organizations can be more conscious of taking an active role in international community by interacting/working with international volunteers.
ACCOMMODATION: There is a volunteer facility with Japanese rooms with futon mattress (No sleeping bag is needed). Details will be announced in May. Three meals will be provided by the local partner
LOCATION: Oku-Noto is the name given to the northern area of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan. The city of Suzu is located at the point where the warm current (kuroshio) and cold current (oyashio) in the Sea of Japan meet. The region has a unique geography bounded by the sotoura (“outer harbor”) to the north and uchiura (“inner bay”) to the south. It is blessed with a verdant natural landscape, where diverse flora from both eastern and western regions of Japan co-exist, nourished by seasonal winds from the continent laden with moisture. Suzu flourished as an important port when maritime trade across the Sea of Japan was active, including Japanese missions to Tang China, official envoys from Bokkai, and the routes plied by kitamae-bune, the freight ships of the Edo-period. However, when the means of transportation shifted from sea to land, Suzu’s location became a disadvantage, leading to decline and depopulation. The current population of 15,000 is less than half of the figure in 1954 (38,000) when the city was established.
Suzu would be regarded as one of the most isolated places in Japan according to the dominant values of today. However, it remains a fount of Japanese culture where various cultures dispersed across Japan have accumulated over generations, as seen in its festivals and rituals, such as kiriko (giant lanterns), festival floats, and yobare (inviting families, friends and neighbours to feasts on festival days). Paradoxical as it may sound, it is this uniqueness that gives this place the quality of a singularity capable of bearing hope for our contemporary era.
NEXT AIRPORT: Haneda International airport (INTERNATIONAL), NOTO SATOYAMA airport (DOMESTIC)
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Kanazawa station
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.
EXTRA FEE: 18,000 JPY (about 150 EURO). Please pay on arrival. This fee will be used for supporting the local partner to run this camp.

Unterstuetze handwerkliche Workshops und Freizeitaktivitaeten in einer Einrichtung für Menschen mit geistiger Behinderung.
Japan    CIEEJ1717    Handicapped center in Kembuchi    18.08.-27.08.2017    DISA/ART   3vols (no more male)
LANGUAGE: English / Japanese
AGE: 18-40
PROJECT: Kembuchi Nishihara Gakuen is a school for mentally challenged people 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 have a good reputation by tourists around the world. Nishihara Gakuen has been an accepted CIEE volunteer since 1998, and it is going to be 20th anniversary this summer. Although it is small in capacity, it is one of the long lasting workcamps.
WORK: - 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)
Please note, that sometimes it will be difficult to talk with the residents because they are not good at oral communication. Other time, you need to be very patient. Please plan activities everyone can enjoy such as music, paintings, exercises, dance and games.
ACCOMMODATION: The volunteers will stay in a guest house. There are shared Japanese tatami rooms with futon mattresses, washer, kitchen, restroom, bathroom with a bathtub. Free wi-fi is available. A convenience store and a supermarket are 15 minutes away by car. All meals will be provided. You will have meals together with residents in a dining room.
LOCATION: Hokkaido is the biggest and most northern 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 a population of 4000, located in a central northern part of Hokkaido. It is surrounded by a fresh-aired atmosphere. You can enjoy a lot of beautiful stars at night. On weekends, you may be able to go to the local hot springs and some landmarks in the area. A volunteer needs at least 5,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
NEXT AIRPORT: Asahikawa Airport (DOMESTIC). From Asahikawa airport, the local bus takes to you Asahikawa station. From JR Asahikawa station, local train called Soya Honsen takes you to JR Kenbuchi station. It is about 1 hour ride.
NEXT TRAIN STATION: JR Kembuchi station
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.

Lerne das Landleben im Osten Sapporos kennen
Japan    NICE-17-104    Shintoku    31.08.-13.09.2017    ENVI/AGRI/CONS   8vols (no more female)
PROJECT: This workcamp has been organized since 1998 in cooperation with Kyodo Gakusha, a cooperative community where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, people who want to learn farming or just want to live in the nature. They have five communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow vegetables and have animals in ecological, organic way. Their cheese got the 1st prize in a global contest! Volunteers will encourage their practice and share the spirit.
WORK: Volunteers will do some work that is hardly done with in the daily work of the community (last year, it was creating a trail) with the supervision of the specialists. Volunteers will also join the farm work (weeding and harvesting vegetables, corn and Japanese noodles) and other community work including house work. In your leisure time, there will be a school visit, the possibility to join a summer festival (tugs of war), cultural exchange and birthday parties, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be accommodated in a community house (separate rooms for female and male volunteers). Meals will be cooked by volunteers together with the people in turns. Sleeping bag necessary.
LOCATION: Agricultural country side, 120 km east of Sapporo. -20 degree in winter and 20 in summer.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Shin-Chitose (Sapporo)
MEETING POINT: From Sapporo to the meeting point near the project, it takes 4 hours by express train. Volunteers need to arrive at Shin-Chitose airport by 09:00 on August 31st and can leave there after 17:00 on September 13th.
REQUIREMENTS: Interest and motivation to work and live in this type of community.

Hilf dabei die Biodiversitaet der Satoyama Waelder zu erhalten
Japan    NICE-17-105    Taishi-Tonda    31.08.-14.09.2017    ENVI   10vols (no more male)
PROJECT: This project is organized together with the local NGOs ‘Association to protect nature in Tondabayashi’ and ‘Hamuro club’ since 2009. 67% of land in Japan is covered with forest and 40% of it is human-made planted forest called SATOYAMA, where people used to get many things to live such as food and energy. SATOYAMA need to be taken care of to maintain its biodiversity and to keep water adjustment functioning. Our ancestors protected and utilized the forest in an ecological and sustainable way, which has been neglected since modernization. We will try to revive it by global voluntary power! Most of the members of local groups are aged 50-70, so they expect our participation of youth and foreign volunteers to activate them both mentally and physically.
WORK: In the mornings, volunteers will work in the forest to maintain it. Cutting woods, peeling skins, cutting bamboos, sometimes chopping firewood. In the afternoons, volunteers will have activities such as discussion about environmental issues, bamboo craft, or having a lecture about SATOYAMA. There will be cultural exchange parties, experiencing Japanese culture, a home stay, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: Very simple renovated house and a log house constructed by local people. Cooking will be with firewood. Meals will be cooked by volunteers in turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
LOCATION: Takidani fudo, Tondabayashi city in Osaka. 60 km south of Osaka city
NEAREST AIRPORT: Kansai International Airport
MEETING POINT: From the airport to the meeting point, it will take about 1 hour by train. You need to arrive at Kansai airport by 10:00 on 31st and can leave there after 18:00 on 14th.
REQUIREMENTS: Interest in nature conservation. Adaptability to enjoy a simple lifestyle is needed!

Unterstuetze eine japanische Gemeinde dabei, den Ort attraktiver für junge Leute zu machen
Japan    NICE-17-106    Kamimamakuchi    01.09.-12.09.2017    AGRI/MANU   10vols
PROJECT: NICE is organizing this project together with Satoyama Shizen Gakko Komatsu Takigahara (a nature school), founded in 2011 to teach attraction and importance of Satoyama forest. Depopulation (especially of youth) is a serious problem here similar to many other parts of the country. This village has only 20 families and very few young people. It is difficult to keep traditional culture, so we aim to help keeping this landscape/cultures and telling Satoyama’s attraction by young power! This village has welcomed volunteers since 2013. Local people really welcome to new people!
WORK: The main work is painting the fences (more than 1km!), harvesting rice, cutting brush and grasses for landscape preservation and supporting local events. We may possibly also support an event with kids/local people and do some other work for the community. In your free time, there will be cultural exchange parties with local people, trekking and hot springs, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: The community center in the village. There are clean kitchen and toilets. Volunteers can take a shower in the kind local people's houses. Please bring your own sleeping bag! Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. No Wi-fi connection probably.
LOCATION: Ishikawa prefecure is almost in the middle of Japan. The campsite is in a very small village located in South part of Ishikawa prefecture. There are rice fields, a shrine, and beautiful nature.
NEAREST AIRPORT: The closest International airport is Osaka (Kansai). Local airport Komatsu.
MEETING POINT: It takes 3.5 hours by express train from Osaka to the campsite. From Tokyo(Narita/Haneda airport) 4 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus. You need to arrive by 31th August in the afternoon; you can leave campsite after 12th September noon.)
REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to work hard and seriously and enjoy simple life. Need idea for local revitalization. Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!

Arbeite mit Schulkindern in Shinko
Japan    NICE-17-112    Shinko 2    04.09.-17.09.2017    ENVI/EDU   10vols (no more female)
PROJECT: This workcamp has been organized with the local community since 2016. Takano village of Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and located at 750-800m above sea level. The village doesn't have particular attractions for tourists and ongoing depopulation and aging is a common serious issue as in most of the country. But they have great attractions of natural and cultural heritages! The ex-director of NICE has been living here since 2015 and 4 workcamps were successfully organized in 2016 with NICE in which the volunteers mainly worked for nature farming and creating a trail in the mountain where we can enjoy an amazing view of Japanese northern Alps!
WORK: Volunteers will visit the elementary (age 6-12) / junior high (age 12-15) schools to run English speaking classes and to organize inter-cultural exchange of play, music and dance of the world. Volunteers will also continue last year's work to create and maintain the trail as well as walking around the area with taking pictures and having interviews to the local people. There will be an exchange program with the local children, a farm stay, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: Public hall. Meals will be cooked by volunteers in turns. Attention: only vegan food is possible! Sleeping bag is necessary.
LOCATION: Shinko district is located in the south west of Nagano city which is located in the noth east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land, so even in summer, it may be cool in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Tokyo
MEETING POINT: From Tokyo to the meeting point near the project, it takes 2 hours by the bullet train or 3-4 hours by bus. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport in Tokyo (Narita or Haneda) by 07:00 on the first day and can leave there after 20:00 on the last day.)
REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to work with kids. Similar types of experience and Japanese speaking skill are welcome! Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food.

Erwecke eine fast verlassene Gemeinde in Ishikawa zu neuem Leben
Japan    NICE-17-113    Ozuchi 3    04.09.-17.09.2017    AGRI/MANU   7vols (no more female)
PROJECT: NICE has been organizing workcamps together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013. 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 the Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. The Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura group tries to improve this depopulation situation by young voluntary power. Volunteers have been helping in (1)agriculture, (2)maintaining the forest, (3)organizing an event of culture exchange for local people and (4)exchanging ideas for improvement regional development through workcamps.
WORK: We will have various tasks to activate the Ozuchi village and preserve their culture and nature. Main works are harvesting rice and maintain rice fields, maintaining vegetables fields for sustainable life style, school visiting and organizing events with local old people for cultural exchange. There will also be some other work for the community. There will be cultural exchange parties with local people etc. Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village. Also they acquire basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.
ACCOMMODATION: You will be staying in a renovated house (Japanese traditional house!). Simple shower room, clean toilet. You don't need to bring your sleeping bag. Volunteers prepare the meals themselves. No Wi-fi or internet.
LOCATION: The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so a very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was the main industry here.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Komatsu Aairport is nearest. For international flights Osaka (Kansai) Airport.
MEETING POINT: Osaka (Kansai) airport is 3.5 hours by express train from the campsite. From Tokyo, 5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by night bus. For Narita airport, you need to arrive by 3rd Sep. afternoon/ can leave there after 17th Sep. noon.
REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to work hard and simple life in an isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization. Speaking Japanese is welcome!

Hilf dabei die Biodiversitaet der Satoyama Waelder zu erhalten
Japan    NICE-17-115    Akame 6    05.09.-19.09.2017    ENVI   11vols
PROJECT: This workcamp is organized in cooperation with "Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru kai", a local environmental NGO for the conservation of SATOYAMA forest since 1999. Since this area is close to big cities like Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans to build a golf field and an incinerator, but local people have stopped those plans with a movement called "National Trust". They founded the group in 1996 to collect donations to buy and protect lands, to accept people who want to enjoy nature, to maintain forests, to create a pond for dragonflies, to host national copse meeting, etc. SATOYAMA needs to be maintained by humans for its biodiversity and water adjustment function. Our ancestors protected and utilized the forest in ecological and sustainable way, which was neglected during modernization. We will try to revive it by global voluntary power!
WORK: Volunteers will cut down trees in the forest and carry them out so that SATOYAMA forest can keep a healthy condition for biodiversity. For work, volunteers need to use blades and sometimes machineries with lectures how to use them. Work is quite hard from morning to evening even in rain if it’s not too heavy. Sometimes, we may interact with mentally challenged people who are working every day for the same things as you will do. In your free time, there will be hiking, cultural exchange parties, etc.
ACCOMMODATION: Volunteers will stay in a log house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers in turns.
LOCATION: The workcamp is located in Kami-mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous waterfalls nearby that many hikers visit.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Kansai Int. Airport (Osaka) or Chubu Centrair Int. Airport (Nagoya)
MEETING POINT: To the meeting point, it will take about 1.5 hour by train from both airports. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport by 10:00 on 5th and can leave there after 19:00 on 19th.
REQUIREMENTS: Strong motivation and physical strength are highly needed.

Unterstütze das World Rafting Championship 2017 in Tokushima
Japan    NICE-17-120    Miyoshi Tokushima    28.09.-11.10.2017    FEST   15vols (no more female)
PROJECT: Organized together with NGO, ‘Bizan Daigaku’ since 2015. Tokushima Miyoshi city owns the torrent ”Yoshino Gawa river. About 40'000 people come to this river for rafting in annually. Many people enjoy the torrent and river trip. In October 2017, the top athletes of the world will gather in Yoshino Gawa river. It will determine the world's best race rafting. They want to activate this city though having this events with volunteers, so they need many volunteers to run this Championship festival.
WORK: Prepare and support for the festival “World Rafting Championship 2017” with local people to activate the area and communication with local people. Help with translations for athletes and their families. Picking and separating rubbish during/after the festival.
ACCOMMODATION: Local empty house in Tokushima city. Breakfast will be prepared by volunteers. Lunch and dinner will be served. Sleeping bag is necessary.
LOCATION: Miyoshi city, Tokushima
NEAREST AIRPORT: Takamatsu airport
MEETING POINT: To get to the meeting point, you need to arrive by 10:00 on 28th at Takamatsu, and you can leave there after 17:00 on the 11th. You can also come from Kansai internatinal airport in Osaka. It will take for 5 hours by train. You need to arrive by 7:00 on the 28th.
REQUIREMENTS: Japanese and English speaking skills (everyday conversation level). Bring a positive attitude to working hard, communication with Japanese local people.

Feiere Halloween mit 120 Kindern in Japan
Japan    NICE-17-121    Iwatesan 1    04.10.-10.10.2017    KIDS/SOCI/EDU   20vols
PROJECT: This work camp is organized together with Local group since 2012. A giant earthquake occurred in the eastern part of Japan on March 11th 2011, causing unprecedented damage. 80% of the houses in Iwate have gotten damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, and many people still have to live in the temporary house now. The children cannot play in the school playground because there are so many temporary houses in there. So we would like to give the opportunity for the children to enjoy the outdoor activities. We are going to organize English Halloween camp for 120 Kids aged 9-12 years old.
WORK: NICE will organize the Kids camp and run this program with volunteers from around the world. As your task, playing and living together with the children and supporting them when necessary all day! Volunteers will also provide the international games for them too. You have chance to show your culture, music, dance and games for the children. Please bring a lot of ideas about songs, games and dance like you can play with the children. And enjoy Halloween with the children!
ACCOMMODATION: Youth Training Accomodation. Simple self-catering. Food is all provided. Shared room, please bring a sleeping bag. At 10:30 pm, the light will be turned off for sleep!
LOCATION: South east edge of Iwate prefecture. Forestry, agriculture and fishing used to be the main industry though they were severely damaged by the earthquake and it may take several years to rehabilitate.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Tokyo
MEETING POINT: The project site is 7 hours by bullet train or 10 hours by bus. You need to arrive at Narita airport by 19:00 on the 1 day before the first day and can leave there after 19:00 on last day.
REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to work in a disaster area and respect to the local culture and ways of the local organization! Motivation letter is required. Only people who do not have any criminal or sexual or physical abuse record! During the kids camp (1night 2days) no smoking and no alcohol is allowed.

Feiere Weihnachten mit 120 Kindern in Japan
Japan    NICE-17-128    Iwatesan 2    05.12.-11.12.2017    KIDS/SOCI/EDU   20vols
PROJECT: This work camp is organized together with Local group since 2012. A giant earthquake occurred in the eastern part of Japan on March 11th 2011, causing unprecedented damage. 80% of the houses in Iwate have gotten damaged by the earthquake and tsunami, and many people still have to live in the temporary house now. The children cannot play in the school playground because there are so many temporary houses in there. So we would like to give the opportunity for the children to enjoy the outdoor activities. We are going to organize a Christmas camp for 120 kids aged 9-12 years old.
WORK: NICE will organize the Kids camp and run this program with volunteers from around the world. As your task, playing and living together with the children and supporting them when necessary all day! Volunteers will also provide the international games for them too. You have chance to show your culture, music, dance and games for the children. Please bring a lot of ideas about songs, games and dance like you can play with the children. And enjoy Christams with the children!
ACCOMMODATION: Youth Training Accomodation. Simple self-catering. Food is all provided. Shared room, please bring a sleeping bag. At 10:30 pm, the light will be turned off for sleep!
LOCATION: South east edge of Iwate prefecture. Forestry, agriculture and fishing used to be the main industry though they were severely damaged by the earthquake and it may take several years to rehabilitate.
NEAREST AIRPORT: Tokyo
MEETING POINT: The project site is 7 hours by bullet train or 10 hours by bus. You need to arrive at Narita airport by 19:00 on the 1 day before the first day and can leave there after 19:00 on last day.
REQUIREMENTS: High motivation to work in a disaster area and respect to the local culture and ways of the local organization! Motivation letter is required. Only people who do not have any criminal or sexual or physical abuse record! During the kids camp (1night, 2days) no smoking and no alcohol is allowed.