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Work:

Volunteers will help in general duties of nursing care in the facilities for the elderly people aged 65 and up, and in need of full-time nursing care.

In the morning: helping with nursing cares.

In the afternoon: helping with activities (exercising and games) and daily general works.

You will also work in other facilities of the group (in Kyoto), too.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the facility.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a small kitchen, and a shower room. Internet access is available in the office. Public phone, a small shop, and Internet café are nearby.


^ Meals:

Three meals will be provided.


What to bring:

Please bring indoor shoes, toiletries, clothing suitable for the work, towels and sanitary goods. Volunteers are requested to introduce their own countries by showing photos and maps, introducing recipes, and teaching children’s songs and plays that the elderly people would enjoy.


^ Note:

Basic Japanese skill would be helpful to enjoy this project, but it is not required.


Location:

Takatsuki-shi is located in Osaka prefecture. It is easily accessible from downtown Osaka, the second largest city in Japan. It is also close to Kyoto, the most famous ancient capital in Japan. Volunteers will enjoy visiting those cities and their landmarks on their day-offs.


^ URL: Takatsuki Keiyukai(JAPANESE): http://www.keiyukai.org/


Remarks:

Volunteers are expected to act kindly with consideration, and talk friendly. Those who value the communication with the elderly are welcome. If you can practice singing a song in Japanese songs, the elderly people will love it!


CIEEJ1304 Amanohashidate/KYOTO CULT/YOUTH

Length: 12th July – 25th July

Volunteers: 3

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Sponsor: Kyoto Youth Hostel Association, AMANOHASHIDATE Youth Hostel

Airport: Kansai International Airport

Terminal: Amanohashidate station run by Kitakinki Tango Railway


Background:

Kyoto Youth Hostel Association was established in 1968 and since then it has played a significant role in the field of international exchange activities in Kyoto, which is one of the most historic cities in Japan. In order to help establishing better understanding over the foreign cultures between people who live in Kyoto, and people who visit the city, Kyoto Youth Hostel Association hereby welcomes the volunteers from all over the world.


Work:

Volunteers will be in charge of various duties in routine work such as taking care of guests, cleaning and organizing guest rooms and the hostel, and giving information to the guests in the mornings and early to late evenings. (Around lunch time and holidays will be free of duties.)

Volunteers will be expected to join the preparation for and carrying over the events which will be held in hostel and to accompany guests to local traditional events as a guide.

Volunteers will visit local elementary school and give presentation about their countries. They are also encouraged to write about his/her volunteer experience on the Youth Hostel’s website.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the hostel.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. Internet access is available. A small shop is located within 10-minute walk.


Meals:

Breakfast and Dinner will be served every day. (When you go out, it will be cancelled.)

Lunch (of approx. 500 JPY) will be provided as well.


^ What to bring:

Toiletries, casual clothing and sandals are necessary. Please bring home countries’ recipes and ingredients. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring something to introduce their culture and life, as you have a chance to show them to local children at the elementary schools. The beautiful ocean is nearby. Bring a swimsuit if you like swimming.


Note:

Participants need English skill to communicate with international guests staying at the hostel.

Also basic Japanese skill is required in order to work with Japanese staff. Volunteers are expected to be physically strong and adaptable to cultural diversity.


Location:

Amanohashidate, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Japan, located in northeastern Kyoto, has been attracting people for hundreds of years with its unique landscape. It is also known as one of the top-three best views in Japan. “Amanohashidate” means “The place where heaven, ground and the sea meet”. The base town Miyazu faces Miyazu Bay with its eastern side, and has the various classical architectural heritages from the 16th century scattered all over the town, being surrounded by abundant nature as well. The Youth Hostel is located in the mountains which faces Amanohashidate station over the bay. By way of Amanohashidate, the bridge, it will take an hour on foot to the hostel from the station.

It takes approximately 2.5 hours to get to Miyazu from Kansai International Airport by train. From Kyoto station, it will be roughly 2 hours.


URL:

Amanohashidate Youth Hostel(ENGLISH): http://www.hashidate-yh.jp/english.html

Kitakinki Tango Railway (ENGLISH): http://ktr-tetsudo.jp/english/

Amanohashidate Tourist Information Center (JAPANESE): http://www.amanohashidate.jp/


Remarks

Volunteers who love nature and traditional Japanese culture are most welcome. The host organizers may take you to hot spring or landmarks on weekend.


CIEEJ1305 Mimasaka MIEANagi machi /OKAYAMA CULT/ENVI

^ Length: 17th July – 4nd August

Volunteers:    6

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Sponsor: Mimasaka International Exchange Association

Terminal: Kansai International Airport

Station: JR Hayashino Station


Background:

Local sponsor, Mimasaka International Exchange Association(MIEA) was founded in 1998 as an activity group of Mimasaka citizens. The primary aim of MIEA is to contribute to the grobalization of Mimasaka city. So far they accepted hundreds of volunteers from over 20 countries.


Work:

There will be many events and works such as follows:

Welcome party, orientation meeting, river survey, river cleaning , street cleaning (with local residents aged from 30s to 60s), Japanese traditional culture experience, International Exchange Meeting, temple cleaning, farewell party and so on.

Volunteers will also participate in a local festival.

Volunteers are going to interact with local high school (15-18 y.o) and elementary school students (7-10 y.o.) and mothers with young children or babies (20-30s), when visiting local schools.


Volunteers are expected to work cooperatively in a group, and work well.


Accommodation:

Each volunteer will be accommodated in a house of local host families.

Volunteers should expect and respect some house rules in each family.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. Internet is not 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.


^ Meals:

All three meals will be provided.


What to bring:

Anything you can display on 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.

Clothes suitable for activities, such as T-shirts, pants, and sneakers. Long-sleeved shirts and a hat/cap are a must. In addition to clothing, please bring toiletries, towels and other things you need for your daily life.


Note

During the program, you will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people especially in cultural exchanges settings. Please be prepared and enjoy that exposure.


Location:

MIEA is located in Mimasaka-city in Okayama prefecture. It 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. Himeji Castle is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in Japan.


URL: MIEA (Japanese) http://analogman.ne.jp/MIEA/

(English) http://www10.plala.or.jp/COOLMOON/miea/index.htm


Remarks:

Every participant must be able to ride on a bicycle!! We cannot accept a volunteer who do not know how to ride on it.


Home stay:

Build a good relationship with your host family. Help your host family with housework as a member of the family. Please tell your host family in advance what you can eat and what you cannot. Keep phone numbers (home and mobile phones) of your host family with you all the time. Avoid going out at night.

For the schedules on Saturdays and Sundays, please ask your host family if they have any plan made for the day before you make your own schedules. Please keep in mind that you are strongly expected to spend time with your host family on those days. Be advised if they have any plan made, theirs has priority. Please do not make any plan with your friends on weekends without talking to your host family first.


CIEEJ1306/1316 Kusatsu TENKI-MURA #1,2/SHIGA   KIDS/CULT

Length: 1306 (22nd July - 4th August) 1316 (20th August – 1st September)

Volunteers: 3

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host organization: NPO Children Network Center “Tenki-mura”

Terminal: Kansai International Airport

Station: JR Kusatsu Station


Background:

In Japan, children are having fewer chances to talk with elder people in the neighborhood and also they tend to stay home playing video games. TENKIMURA was established in 1987 to reconsider and improve the situation that children are put, and to help their healthier growth. This organization has many programs and organizes events related to nature activities for children, aiming to create a better local community and offer supports to parents in their child-rearing. The slogan is “The earth is a playground!” Lots of local people are involved in the events as supporters and TENKIMURA provides children with chances to explore the nature, and hopefully, the event will stay in their minds as a precious memory for the rest of their life.


Work:

This program consists of two sections. 1: Camping with children, 2: Repair work on old, traditional Japanese-style houses.

As for 1: The summer camp is a program for elementary school children (6 to 12 years old). Volunteers will be expected to act as their leaders. You will cook, play in the river and do other activities with children while making sure they are all safe.

As for 2: Volunteers will stay at Japanese-style old thatched house and participate in repair work on those houses. You can experience Japanese old life-style and see how nature was close to the life of people in the past. Volunteers will have opportunities to visit the facility for the elderly.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be staying at the camping site for the first half of the program and will be accommodated in the office, an old house, for the second.


Facilities:

Bedding will be limited, and may need a sleeping bag in some part of the stay. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. A small shop, public phone, Internet café are available nearby.


Meals:

Volunteers are expected to cook by themselves, sometimes with children. Foodstuffs (of approx. 500 JPY per meal) will be provided.

During the camp, cooking is done in the camping site, and after the camp, a kitchen in the office is available.


^ What to bring:

Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag, swimwear, work clothes and something to introduce

your country with, such as a game. Need Clothing suitable for activities, such as T-shirts, pants,

and sneakers. Long-sleeved shirts and a hat/cap are a must. In addition to clothing, please bring

toiletries, towels and other things you need for your daily life.


Location:

Shiga prefecture is in the central part of Japan and is famous for Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in the country, which occupies one sixth of the total area of the prefecture. Kusatsu City lies to the south of the lake and has over 110,000 residents. The city served as one of “Sekisho”, ancient checkpoints on Five Main Highways in Edo period (1615-1867) and used to be a busy place with many tourists. It takes about 20 minutes by train to get to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan with lots of historical sites, and about 2 hours by express trains to get to Kansai International Airport.


URL:

NPO Children Network Center Tenkimura: http://www.biwako.ne.jp/~nt-tenki/


Remarks:

Japanese skill (intermediate level) is preferable for communication with kids. This camp is recommended to those who enjoy being around the nature and taking care of children. Volunteer work involved with repairing old traditional houses, it would be great if a volunteer is physically tough.


CIEEJ1307     Peace program 2013/HIROSHIMA PEACE/CULT

^ 27thJuly - 7th August

Volunteers: 4

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host Organization: Yomogi no atorie and others

Airport: Kansai International Airport or Hiroshima airport

Terminal: JR Hiroshima station


Background:
This camp is organized by a non-profit organization “Yomogi no atelier” which offers many kinds of domestic services to the aged or physically/socially handicapped people, and another is an artists’ group called “NPO Project Now” with their activities based in Hiroshima, and their object is to organize an event aimed for atomic-bombed day this year, showing the productions worked out on a concept “Atomic weapons and I”. The first half of the camp will be dedicated to the work of Yomogi no atelier, and the latter half will be with the artists’ group.


Work:

・Agricultural work and making lunch boxes

・Assisting English teaching class for teenagers

・Experiencing Japanese culture

・Preparation for an event on 06/08

・Preparing the venue for the event of Peace Camp, pitching up tents, and cleaning the venue when the event is over.

・Participating in the Peace Memorial Service and other related services.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the house or tents on the campus of Hiroshima City University. We will make more detailed announcements later on.


Meals:

All meals will be provided. Breakfast and supper will be cooked by volunteers with the foodstuff supplied, and the lunch will be provided at the work places.


^ What to bring:

Please bring clothes which are suitable for activities such as T-shirts, pants, and sneakers. Also bring toiletries, towels and other items for daily life. For outdoor activities, you may need a hat/cap and rainwear. A sleeping bag may be needed as well. Volunteers are requested to introduce their own countries by showing photos and maps, teaching children’s songs and plays, or introducing recipes.


^ Note:

We strongly recommend you to study about the history of Hiroshima, before coming to Japan.


Location:

NPO Yomogi no atelier and Project NOW! are located in Hiroshima city, which has overcome and recovered from the tragedy of atomic bombing and now is the biggest city in Chugoku-Shikoku Region.


URL:

NPO Yomogi no atelier (JAPANESE): http://yomoginoatorie.com/

Project NOW! (ENGLISH) http://www.p-now.com/?lang=en


Remarks:

Volunteers have to bear transportation cost both between JR Hiroshima station (Meeting point) and Kumano-cho (where you stay), and between JR Hiroshima station and Hiroshima City University (the venue of Peace camp). The cost will be approximately 2,500 JPY.


CIEEJ1308 MSSP (Meisei Summer School Project)/ TOKYO LANG/YOUTH

Length: 21st July – 5th August

Volunteers:        6

Age: over 18

Language: English

Host Organization: Meisei University

Terminal:       Narita International Airport


Background:

MSSP stands for Meisei Summer School Project, which offers free English classes to junior high school students and elementary or/and junior high school pupils (age 6 to 15) in the neighborhood of Hino city. Volunteer students of Meisei University who are interested in teaching English and planning to be English teachers run this project. Based on the theoretical assumption, they prioritize activity-based teaching rather than the traditional cramming style. Its philosophy is that English teaching and learning are fun and its aim is to develop communication ability in English of the participants.


Work:

Volunteers will participate in MSSP.

- Teach English to junior high school students and elementary school pupils together with Meisei University students.

- Create syllabi and teaching materials for the summer school.

- Participate in setting of the sites/classrooms, organize opening and closing ceremonies, and perform other duties to run the summer school.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in a guest house called Geihinkan located outside of Meisei campus.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a bathroom and a lavatory. Internet access is available in the office only. Please note that there are roles and curfews in the accommodation. Volunteers are strongly required to abide by these rules during the work camp.


Meals:

Breakfast and dinner are self-catering. Cooking materials will be provided by the University. You may be asked to go to a store to get grocery done. Volunteers take turns in groceries. Vouchers which you can use at University cafeteria will be provided for lunch.


^ What to bring:

Each volunteer is encouraged to bring photos and something to introduce the culture of home country. You are encouraged to show and introduce them at the booth in the international exchange event.

Note:

You do not have to be a native English speaker to participate in this work camp, but experiences in teaching English as a second language are very much appreciated. You can enjoy field trip on weekend.


Location:

Hino city is located in the western part of Tokyo and it is a quiet peaceful town surrounded by abundant nature. It will take less than one hour to get to the central Tokyo.


URL:

Meisei University: http://www.meisei-u.ac.jp/

Meisei Summer School Project (ENGLISH): http://homepage2.nifty.com/meisei_summerschool/ 


Remarks:

Volunteers who are interested in teaching English, learning Japanese culture are welcome. Volunteers are expected to work together with students of Meisei University and other international volunteers in order to carry the project successfully.

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