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CIEEJ1309 Rita no hanasaku villege/HYOGO (NEW in 2013) (TBD)    ENVI/AGRI

^ Length: Early August

Volunteers: 5

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host Organizer: Yoshinobu Sakagami (MR)

Airport: Kansai International Airport

Terminal: JR Kouzi Station


Background:

A retired couple has moved into the village after long working as a professional tax accountant.

They built the house in that area but they were very surprised to see the area has been so depopulated. Instead of spending an affluent second life, they decided to revitalize the area by making a village more attractive for urban citizens so that many people can come and visit the area on holidays. They reconstructed the roadway for 3 km and begin to host a musical recital for younger generations.


Work:

Environmental/Agricultural activities needed for the community. You may get involved with some reconstruction work for the old Japanese-style housings.


Details will be announced later on.


CIEEJ1310    ^ HIGASHI SHIRAKAWA-MURA/GIFU CULT/YOUTH

Length: 2nd – 15th August

Volunteers:        15

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host organization: Higashi Shirakawa-mura Board of Education

Airport :       Central Japan International Airport

Station:       JR Higashi Shirakawaguchi station


Background:

Higashi Shirakawa-Mura Board of Education offers this program in cooperation with Nagoya University of Commerce & Business Administration. They are celebrating 13th anniversary this year. Every summer season, they invite international volunteers to this small village which may not be a well-known tourist spot, but nevertheless, has many attractive things and places to visit. It is a great opportunity for volunteers to enjoy true traditional pastoral scene and life in Japan!


Work:

1. Cultural exchange activity with junior high school students: Volunteers will visit a junior high school to have cultural exchange with 9th graders (14-15). For instance, you will learn Japanese traditional Origami or Calligraphy and play sports together. Activities are designed to help the students their mind and understand the international society.

2. Helping with kids program for elementary school students: Volunteers will join the Canoeing program that canoes along the river nearby. (6 -11).

3. Helping with events: Volunteers will help local people organizing a summer dance festival and other events.

4. Experiencing the local industry, timber industry: Volunteers will participate in the activities such as tree thinning, pruning and land-cleaning. You will work with people in their 30s to 60s.

5. Cleaning cultural facilities: Volunteers will clean up shrines etc. You will work with people in 60s to 80s.

6. Helping NPO, Aozora Kenbun Juku: Volunteers will interact with children and staff and work on maintenance of hiking trails. Maintenance of roads includes thinning and cleaning sidewalks. Volunteers will help organizing a camp for children of 6 to 12 years old.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the office of Kanda Shrine.


Facilities:

There is no bed, so a sleeping bag is necessary. There are a washer, a kitchen, and a shower room. Library where you can use Internet and also a small shop are located close by.

^ Meals:

Volunteers will be expected to cook by themselves. Food stuff will be provided.


What to bring:

Please bring a sleeping bag, clothing suitable for activities, such as long sleeved items, pants, a hat/cap, cotton gloves, and sneakers durable for outdoor works. Towels and a water bottle/canteen are necessary. Sandals and short pants are not appropriate for the type of work here. If you love fishing, please bring fishing tackle.


Note:

Basic Japanese knowledge would be helpful for communicating with local people. Get yourself ready for experience the unique culture and customs in Higashi Shirakawa-Mura.


Location:

Higashi Shirakawa-Mura is located in the central part of Japan, near the Hida Mountains which are very famous for its beautiful scenery among climbers and tourists. Also, volunteers may have a

chance to visit "Shirakawago", a newly registered “World Heritage”.

URL:Higashi Shirakawa-Mura Town Office:  http://www.vill.higashishirakawa.lg.jp/


Remarks:

Works planned in this program consist of a lot of outdoor activities in the forest. Please be prepared for the outdoor work in terms of clothing and belongings.

Occasionally, volunteers have to work under the sun with extreme heat of the summer. A hat/cap, water bottle and a bug repellent are useful. Please put the volunteer work on your highest priority. Five hours a day, five days a week. Please be reminded also, that the villagers are not used to seeing people from overseas and they may look at you with curiosity, but no offence. Schedule is fixed including sight-seeing, free-time and day-offs.


CIEEJ1311 Shimane Manyo Park/SHIMANE CULT/ENVI

Length:   3rd – 19th August

^ Volunteers:   2 (Female only)

Age: over 18

Language:   English / Japanese

Sponsor: Shimane prefecture

Terminal: Kansai International Airport

Station: Masuda station on JR San-in line 


Background:

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, literally “A Collection of a Myriad Leaves”, which is 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.

This Manyo-park was opened in 1982 as the third prefectural park of Shimane, to dedicate to the purpose of presenting Manyo-romanticism which is so lively and profoundly human, in Masuda city where the great poet once lived.

Park has an accommodation facility, camp site, and open air theater. people visit the park for taking a walk, eating lunch and communicating elderly with youth.


Work:

1. Maintenance on the park/camp site, such as collecting garbage, cleaning the area and watering flower beds.

2. Helping the kid’s event (Age 7 - 12) for a day. Details are undecided but most likely a barbeque at the camp site.

3. Translating Park's pamphlet from A) Japanese to English B) English to other European Language (French, German and so on) for attracting/informing more tourists.

Accommodation: Guest house/Old style Japanese houses/camp site


Facilities: A kitchen, bathroom, a bathtub with shower and washing machine are available. The internet is accessible in internet café, and convenience store, super market are also in the vicinity of the site. However, no public phone is available.


^ Meals: Volunteers will prepare their breakfasts and dinners themselves. Lunches are provided in the style of lunchboxes.


What to bring: Working clothes (T-shirt, jeans and sneakers - long-sleeved are preferable as mornings and evenings get so chilly.) A cap, spare clothes for change, toiletry, soaps, and anything you think would be needed in a camp life. Something that shows your country, games, songs, etc.


Note: We welcome volunteers who can smile to visitors with a smile any time, and volunteers who can willingly work and stay peacefully with others. Last but not least, we welcome volunteers who are not against to be interviewed, taken photos, and their images to be released in printed materials, on TV broadcast, HP and other medium for PR or advertisement purposes of the park, Masuda city and Shimane prefecture.

During day-offs, an English-speaking guide will take you to Hagi or Tsuwano for sightseeing. You will enjoy some Japanese cultural experience (such as Japanese flower arrangement called KADO, and tea ceremony called SADO).


We hope you enjoy Iwami-Kagura. Kagura was used to be traditional sacred service dance performed in Shinto shrines during festivals. After Meiji era (1869-1912), it became rather a type of folk entertainment. You will have a chance to peep into the Japanese mythology in watching this performance.

Location: Masuda-shi is a city located in Shimane prefecture, Japan. The city has a population of 51,118 and the density of 69.7 person persons per square km². The total area is 733.16 km².


URL:  Manyo Park (JAPANESE): http://ohata.jp/manyou/

 Masudashi Kankou Kyokai (JAPANESE): http://www.masudashi.com

^ VISIT MASUDA (ENGLISH): http://visit-masuda.main.jp/


CIEEJ1312 Zao Ikoino Villege /YAMAGATA (NEW in 2013) AGRI/ENVI

Length:    5th – 16th August

Volunteers:    5

Age: over 18

Language:   Japanese/ English

Host organization: Zao Ikoino Villege

Terminal: Narita International Airport (Domestic: Yamagata Airport)

Station: Kaminoyama Onsen station on JR Yamagata shinkansen


Background:


Work:

1. Maintenance of the farm/ rice field. Harvest summer vegetables.

2. Cut the firewood

3. Paint the rooftop for protecting them from rust.

4. Build a dog house


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the facilities.


Facilities:

A kitchen, bathroom, laboratory. Internet access is limited but can borrow at the office.


Meals:

All meals are provided by the host organization. you can enjoy truly fresh vegetables from the farm.


What to bring:

A sleeping bag, working gloves, boots, insect spray, sunblock cream, bath towel, toiletries, hat,.


Note:

Cannot accept who are allergic to dogs/rabbits and hay favor. On day-offs, volunteers can enjoy hot springs and sightseeing.


CIEEJ1314  Fureai no mori /YAMAGUCHI^ CULT /KIDS

Length: 22nd – 31st August   

Volunteers:         6

Age: over 18

Language:    English / Japanese

Host Organization: Interaction Forest “Nandemo Kobo”

Airport: Yamaguchi Ube Airport

Terminal: JR Tokuyama Station


Background:

Host organization offers outdoor activities for both adults and children, which include making woodwork, basket wares, building wooden houses and painting, etc. in an environment abundant in nature.

All staff in organization are volunteers and they work with a philosophy of “A forest sustains people, people sustain a forest”.

During summer, many children and families visit this place and join the program of various outdoor activities.


Work:

1: Activities to help children, families and elders with cooking (pizza, udon and somen noodles etc), making crafts, and so on. Age of participants will range from 5 to 80 years old.

2: International exchange with local elementary school students: Please introduce your country. The local students will give you the introduction of the area and of its traditional culture. Volunteers will participate in Japanese traditional summer festival called”Matsuri”, together with local students.

3: Maintenance of Fureai-no-Mori (mori means forest in Japanese): Volunteers will help with maintenance work of forest park and some facilities.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the facilities.


Facilities:

A sleeping bag is necessary. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. Public phone and a small shop are nearby.


^ Meals:

Volunteers will cook by themselves. Volunteers are asked to go to the store and buy groceries.


What to bring:

Clothing need to be suitable for outdoor activities. Slippers and sandals are prohibited during outdoor work. Please bring swimwear or something you can play in the river.


Location:

Shunan-city is located in south-eastern part of Yamaguchi Pref., between the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and hillside. It takes four and a half hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen or one and a half from Yamaguchi Ube Airport by train.


URL: Fureai-no-Mori Nandemo Kobo (JAPANESE):

http://www.kanko-shunan.com/saihakken/fureaikobo/fureaikobo.html


Remarks:

Volunteers need to be a self starter. Those who are open-minded and eager to learn Japan by helping people and interacting with local people are most welcome!


CIEEJ1315 Kembuchi/ HOKKAIDO DISA/ART

Length: 19th -29th August

Age: over 18

Language:     English / Japanese

Volunteers:      3 (Female only)

Host Organization: Kembuchi Nishihara Gakuen

Airport: Shin-Chitose Airport

Station: JR Kembuchi station


Background:

Kembuchi Nishihara Gakuen is a school for mentally challenged people founded in 1980 as "a place where everyone gets together". The school has workshops for productive or creative activities such as processing agricultural products, ceramic art, woodwork, and fabric craft and so on, so that the mentally challenged people would have better links with the local society through the skills they learned.


Work:

- Volunteers will help mentally challenged people in their productive activities of woodwork, ceramic art and fabric crafts.

- Volunteers will join creative and recreational activities, such as painting, craft, playing music, and etc.

- Volunteers will also help the school staff in various duties to carry on daily routines such as serving meals and cleaning school items


Accommodation:

Volunteers will stay in the guesthouse.


Facilities:

There are a washer, a shared kitchen, a lavatory and a shower room in the building. Internet access is available only in the main office. A small post office, shop(s) are nearby. The area is surrounded by great nature.


^ Meals:

All meals will be provided. Volunteers will eat with the students.


What to bring:

Participants are encouraged to bring work clothes that can get dirty. Outfits should be warm since the weather can be cold in the mornings and evenings even during the summer time.


Location:

Hokkaido, where the town of Kembuchi is located, is the biggest and northernmost 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. Hokkaido attracts millions of tourists from other regions in Japan with its vast wilderness, and its breezy, dry air is another attraction in summer. Kembuchi is a small town with the population of 4000, located in north central part of Hokkaido. The nearest airport is Shin-Chitose, and it roughly takes 2 hour and a half to get to the town by train. Volunteers may fly there either via Narita or Kansai International Airport. Direct flights from Korea to Sin-Chitose are also available.


Remarks:

You may find it difficult to talk with students because they are not good at oral communication. Please plan activities everyone can enjoy without using actively using oral-communication such as music tapes, CDs, paintings, exercises, dance and game are appreciated.

Volunteers with strong motivation and interests in Japanese culture and social welfare are welcome.


URL: Kembuchi town (JAPANESE) http://www.town.kembuchi.hokkaido.jp/


The important point is you enjoy yourselves doing the work or creative activities with the students, and do together in the friendly manner.


CIEEJ1317  Izu-oshima/TOKYO DISA/SOCI

^ Length: 20th August -3rd September

Volunteers: 4

Age: over 18

Language:  English / Japanese

Host Institution:  Musashino-kai Oshima Meguminosono

Airport: Narita International Airport

Terminal: Takeshiba Passenger Boat Terminal (JR Hamamatsu-cho Station)


Background:

The host institution, "Musashino-Kai" runs many facilities for the retarded, and/or elderly people, and orphans. They accept people who are physically or mentally handicapped and are in need of help in their daily lives. For example, the people can take a bath and have meals with help of care workers. Rehabilitation and recreation programs are also offered. The staff is also engaged in visiting-home helper service, helping people take a bath, cooking their meals and doing other general help in their daily lives. There are 2 facilities, Oshima Megumi-no-Sono and Oshima Megumi-no-Sono#2 in Oshima Island, and approximately 80 mentally retarded people are living with support in each facility .


Work:

Volunteers will be engaged in maintenance of the facilities, such as changing sheets making beddings and folding clothes. You will also help people living in the facility (Age from 20-60) with their daily routines, such as taking a bath, eating meals and doing exercise. Volunteers will also join activities such as ceramic arts and crafts and be encouraged to interact with the people at the facility.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the dormitory.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. A TV, an air conditioner and a refrigerator furnished.


^ Meals:

All meals will be provided in the dormitory.


What to bring:

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work clothes (long sleeved shirts and long pants), indoor shoes, a hat/cap and a swimwear to use when helping with the resident’s bath time.


Note:

Volunteers who are broad-minded, friendly and always smile when talking to the people are most welcome. Basic Japanese skill would be helpful to communicate with them.

You can go swimming, hiking on a mountain nearby, taking a walk, riding a horse during day-offs.


Location:

Oshima is 1 hour and 45 minutes away by high speed boat from Takeshiba or 30 minutes flight from Haneda Airport. The sea around the island is so beautiful that it is most popular among snorkelers and divers.


URL:

Izu Oshima Turist Information: http://www.town.oshima.tokyo.jp/english/index.html

Oshima meguminosono: http://www.oshima-megumi.jp/

Tokai Kisen Co. Ltd.: http://www.tokaikisen.co.jp/english/


Remarks

PLEASE be aware: it is the facility for MENTALY RETARDED PEOPLE.

Volunteers who studied the field of welfare or social security or who have experiences of similar activities are most desirable. Volunteers need to have some understanding of people who are mentally retarded (with autism disorder, Down syndrome etc.) or developmentally disabled, and to have basic skills of nursing care.

  • Jargon words editorial supervision by Meguminosono


CIEEJ1318 Kunimi-en/YAMANASHI DISA/SOCI

Length: 1st – 7th September

^ Volunteers: 2 (female only)

Age: over 18

Language:  English / Japanese

Host Organization: Kunimi-En

Airport: Narita International Airport

Terminal: JR Kajikasawa Station


Background:

Kunimi-En is a school and home for mentally challenged people, and was founded in 1996 as "A big home where everyone cares for everyone". The main aim of this school is to provide mentally handicapped people with a comfortable living space, treating them as individuals with dignity, so that they feel at home and enjoy their lives while they stay. All staff are trying to focus on not only to enrich the services they are providing but also to introduce their welfare programs and activities to the local people. There are approximately 40 people staying and 24 staff.

Kunimi-En calles the week as “International Exchange Week” when they have volunteers, and conduct a special program during the week.


Work:

Volunteers will help people (from 25 to 75 years old) with both indoor and outdoor activities such as farm work, hand craft, art, Sado (Japanese tea ceremony). Volunteers will be asked to help those people with their daily routines such as cleaning. Also, work can be replaceable if you have alternative. Please tell us your preference in advance.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in a Ryokan (Japanese style hotel) near Kunimi-En.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a lavatory and a shower room. Internet access and international phone are available at the facility. A small shop is near the accommodation.


Meals:

Volunteers will have lunch and dinner with the people at Kunimi-En but need to buy breakfast on your own.


^ What to bring:

Volunteers need to bring work clothes (short sleeved T shirts, polo shirts, long pants and sneakers). No skirt/shirt pants are allowed.


Note:

There will be an even to introduce your country (Food, books, CD, maps) in Sep 3rd. Please prepare for this event. You can put the date in USB, please bring it with you.


Basic Japanese skill would be very helpful to enjoy this project. Better bring a Japanese dictionary if you happen to have one! It will be so helpful for a better understanding of people and other matters.


Location:

Kunimi-En is about half an hour by train from Kofu city in Yamanashi prefecture. You can see Mt. Fuji, the highest and most sacred mountain in Japan, with the Japan South Alps as background. The place is also famous for a rapid Fuji river, and those landscapes are depicted in famous Japanese printing "Ukiyoe" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760~1849). Also, Pacific Ocean is only 1.5 hours’ drive away.

Remarks:

Volunteers who learned about welfare or social security are welcome. Volunteers need to understand about developmentally handicapped people (25 – 75 years old, autism disorder, down syndrome etc) and to have knowledge of basic nursing care. Volunteers who are allergic to cat are not acceptable.


CIEEJ1319 Shizenkan Sahimel/ SHIMANE CULT/FEST

^ Length: 3rd – 16st September

Volunteers: 3

Age: over 18

Language:  English / Japanese

Host Organization: The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt.Sanbe ( Sahimel )

Airport: Kansai International Airport/Iwami Airport

Terminal: JR Oda-shi Station or Oda station

Background:

Shimane International Center was established in Shimane prefecture in order to promote international exchange and cooperation with many oversea countries.

This center has conducted many programs, such as giving Japanese guidance to non-Japanese residents, accepting foreign students and offering the place for intercultural exchanges between citizens and foreign people. Volunteers will work in Nature museum which the Center runs.


Work:

Volunteers will help indoor and outdoor works in the Nature Museum.

- Arranging (classifying) insects samples, guiding visitors at the exhibits

- Translating signs or brochures of the museum.

- Helping with special exhibits and astronomical observation programs

- Helping with inter-cultural exchange events for visitors (mainly elementary school children and kindergarteners)


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in National Sanbe Youth Friendship Center, close to the museum.


Facilities:

Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a bath room and a lavatory. Public phone is available nearby.


^ Meals:

Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the dining room. For lunch, lunch box will be provided.


What to bring:

Volunteers need to bring clothes which are suitable for the work such as T shirts, pants, sneakers. It will be quite cool in the mornings and evenings. So please bring long sleeved shirts. A hat/cap for outdoor work is a must, toiletries and towels are necessary as well.


^ Note:

One night home stay will be planned.


Location:

Shimane Pref. is located in the west part of the mainland and faces the Japan Sea. Endowed with abundant natural beauty, Shimane changes its seasonal expressions so gracefully every time the seasons change from one to another. Oda-shi, where this museum is located, has a population of 40,000 people, and lies about 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by beautiful nature. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a World Heritage site, is about 40 minutes away by car.

From JR Oda-shi station, it takes 60 min by bus to get to the Nature Museum.


URL: The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt.Sanbe (JAPANESE) http://nature-sanbe.jp/sahimel/

National Sambe Youth friendship center (JAPANAESE) http://sanbe.niye.go.jp/


Remarks:

Japanese skill (able to understand daily conversation) would be required. You are expected to help visitors showing around the exhibits.

Since there are various duties in Sahimel, volunteers who have interests in many different fields

and with spirits of challenge are most desirable. Volunteers who love the nature and are eager to

experience country life are also welcome.

Homestay may be arranged (TBD). Approximately 5,000 YEN will be needed for sightseeing a day

for the transportation fee and some entrance fee for the landmarks.


CIEEJ1320 Kaleodoscope Museum of Furano/HOKKAIDO CULT/ART

Length: Mid July – Late August

Volunteers:    2

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Museum of Furano

Terminal: Shin-chitose international airport

Station: Yamabe station on JR Hokkaido Nemuro line 


Background:

The museum was an elementary school until recently, and then was closed after 98 years of history. The school building is now put in reuse as Kaleidoscope Museum. The curator Mr. Ikuya Mitsui says “kaleidoscopes are seen at their best when exhibited in an environment old and historical. I looked for the oldest closed school in the area.” The museum shows images on the wall projected from penlight style kaleidoscopes. “Kaleidoscope was invented 200 years ago. This is a new type of kaleidoscope people can share joy of watching beautiful images together. I’d like to spread this new type and hand it down to next generations, even for another 100 years”


Work: 1. Maintenance on the museum/school building (cleaning and moving equipment)

2. A guide for general visitors to the museum

3. Help to organize the activities involving the group of children (primary and middle

schools) from Fukushima prefecture

4. Assist in the music concert

5. Harvesting agricultural products

Accommodation: Staying in the building of the host organization/camp


Facilities and : A kitchen, bathroom and washing machine are available, and the internet is accessible. No pay phone, no convenience store is nearby.


^ Meals: All meals will be provided.


What to bring: A sleeping bag, working clothes (T-shirt, jeans and sneakers - long-sleeved are preferable as mornings and evenings get so chilly in Hokkaido.) A cap, spare clothes for change, toiletry, soaps, and anything you need in your daily life. Something that shows your country, games, songs and some toys with which you can play with children together.


Note: It is preferable if volunteers understand basic Japanese.

Not acceptable if allergic to cats and dogs.


Location: 8.6km from JR Furano station, 4.5 km from JR Yamabe station

Furano is one of the most popular tourist spots in Japan. The city is well known for its lavender fields, which is heavenly in June through August, and its agricultural products which come out in far better quality due to the climate of warm days and cool nights in summer until Furano claims it is food lovers’ heaven!

URL:

Kaleidoscope Museum of Furano (Japanese) http://www.Furabi.net/

Furano-Tourism Association(ENGLISH): http://www.furanotourism.com/english/home.htm

Kaleidoscopes Japan(ENGLISH) : http://kaleidoscopes.jp/eng/artists.htm


CIEEJ1321 Takatsuki-so/OSAKA ELD/FEST

^ Length: 24th July – 6h August

Volunteers:        3

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host Institution: Takatsuki-so, Nursing Home for the aged

Airport: Kansai International Airport

Terminal: JR Settsu Tonda Station


Background:

The host institution, "Takatsuki-So" is a nursing home for elderly people requiring special care, which was founded in 1982 in OSAKA and owned by the local government. There are about 100 people of 65 or more years old staying in the facility, who are physically or mentally handicapped and in need of help for their daily lives. There is also a day care center attached and approximately 130 elderly, and 50 handicapped people come to the center to receive the "day care service". For example, they can take a bath and have meals with the help of care workers. Rehabilitation and recreation programs are also offered. The staff is also engaged in visiting-home helper service, helping the elders take a bath, cooking meals and helping with other matters in their daily lives. There are approximately 190 households that use this visiting service. The institution provides the area with comprehensive services and takes a central position in the field of welfare in the community.


Work:

  1. Volunteers will be engaged in helping elderly and physically handicapped people living in the facility with their daily routines.

  2. Communicating with them, eating meals/helping bath time/assisting the wheelchairs.


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the Takatsuki-So, which used to be a dormitory for the staff of the institution and the rooms are all in Japanese style.


Facilities:

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


Meals:

All meals will be provided in the institution and volunteers will have meals with the staff and the elders either staying or visiting the facility.


^ What to bring:

Please bring indoor shoes and sneakers, toiletries, clothing suitable for the work (T-shirts, work pants), towels and sanitary goods. No skirt/short pants are allowed. One-piece is okay for day-offs.


Note:

Basic Japanese skills would be helpful to enjoy the project but it is not a must.


Location:

Takatsuki-So is located in Takatsuki-shi (city) ,Osaka prefecture. It is easily accessible from downtown Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, and Kyoto, the most famous ancient capital in Japan. Volunteers might enjoy visiting those cities on their day-offs.


URL: Takatsuki-So (JAPANESE) http://www.tcn.zaq.ne.jp/akbgu100/top.htm


Remarks:

Volunteers are expected to act respectfully and with consideration for others, and talk with those elderly people in a friendly manner. Those who value communication with the elderly people, and can work cooperatively are most desirable. If you can sing Japanese songs, the elderly people will love to listen to you.


CIEEJ1322 Neiraku kyodo gakusya#2/HOKKAIDO(TBD)   AGRI/EDU

CIEEJ1301 Neiraku kyodo gakusya#1 was already finished in Feb 2013.

^ Length: Late July

Volunteers: 3

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Host Institution: Neiraku Kyodo Gakusha

Terminal: JR Sapporo Station

Nearest airport: Shin-Chitose airport

When booking a fight, make sure you arrive in the morning of the meeting date (at the latest). Otherwise you will not get to the meeting point on time. The project site is very far from the airport. All transportation fees will be on the volunteer when you are late.


Background:

Obira-cho where the facility stands is a coastal city located in the north part of Hokkaido. It’s a small town with about 4,000 residents. The volunteer site is 14 km away from the Japan Sea and 25 people are working there. Hokkaido attracts millions of tourists from other regions in Japan. The mountain ranges covered by beautiful crystal powder in winter. Obira is a quite isolated area and it takes 2.5 hours from Sapporo by bus, and the closest station to the camp site is 30 minutes ride from the nearest station.


Work

Volunteers will help farm work (including taking care of chickens and pigs) and daily routines in the facility. Volunteers are expected to communicate with people at the facility and with students visiting an elementary school and a junior high school in the town. They will also participate in the town festival (only winter).


Accommodation:

Volunteers will be accommodated in the facility.


Facilities:

Beddings will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom.


^ Meals:

Meals will be provided 3 times a day including holidays. Bring your home country recipe and ingredient.


What to bring:

Work clothes (which can get dirty), long sleeved T shirts or sweatshirts, a hat/cap for outdoor work, toiletries, and towels. Volunteers need to bring clothes for work (which can get dirty) and warm outfits in heavy winter. Hokkaido is famous for its extremely cold weather.


Location:

Hokkaido, where the town of Obira is located, is the biggest and northernmost prefecture in Japan. It is also known as the 21st largest island in the world with abundant nature and a number of national parks. Hokkaido attracts millions of tourists from other regions in Japan not only by the vast wilderness the island possesses but also by its breezy, dry climate in summer and the mountain ranges covered by beautiful crystal powder in winter. Obira is a quite isolated area and it takes 2.5 hours from Sapporo by bus.

URL:

Neiraiu kyodo gakusya (JAPANESE): http://www.kyodogakusya.or.jp/neiraku/


Remarks:

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. The work pace is slow. Some of users are inadaptable to society, due to physical and mental problems and others are enjoying being self-sufficient in a small town.


CIEEJ1323/1324/1325 Turtles Preservation #1,2,3/KAGOSHIMA MANU/ENVI

Length: 1323 (1st -15th August) / 1324 (16th – 31th August) / 1325(1st -15th September)  

Age: over 18

Language: English / Japanese

Volunteers: 5 (each)

Sponsor: NPO Yakushima Umigame kan

Terminal: Fukuoka Airport, Kansai International Airport (Domestic: Kagoshima Airport)

Station: Miyano-ura harbor (20 min by bus)


Background:

Yakushima Island is known to be one of the first acknowledged natural World Heritages Sites in Japan. The island is the northern limit for green sea turtle eggs hatch in wild, and is also the biggest area of the kind in Japan. Host organization is the only group which is based in Yakushima, among the ones that deal with sea turtle projects. The current staff numbers only four. Due to the funding shortage, the organization’s continuous activity in future remains unclear, whereas there is no doubt the population of green sea turtle will decrease if the activity discontinues. About 50,000 eggs were successfully transplanted by the project last year. Around 150,000 eggs or baby turtles were either washed away by waves, or crashed to death by walking tourists treading over the nest holes, on the other hand. The funding from Japanese government is so slow to come, that the activity is kept going by funding from American researchers. But as the economic situation in the USA is no better, funding is also decreasing. The project has received many volunteers from abroad - UK and Mongol - in the past. Last year Patagonia (a sportswear company) sent their staff here as one of the company’s trainings.


^ Work: Very challenging physical work.

We look for a physically strong volunteer for this project!

・Research work: to watch and guard turtle eggs hatch at night. Duration 18:30 – 22:30.

・Transplanting eggs: every year around 50,000 eggs are transplanted to avoid damages from visiting tourists in the area.

・Follow-up check. (when needed) Duration 7:00 – 8:00

・Attending the lectures at Umigame-Kan


Accommodation:

Volunteers will sleep on the floor of the building of the host organization.


Facilities:

A washer, a shower, a kitchen, a Japanese-style toilet and air-conditioning are available. The internet is only accessible in the office.


Meals:

Volunteers are asked to cook for themselves.


What to bring:

  1. A sleeping bag with mattress is a must item. (There is no bedding in Umigame-Kan. To sleep direct on the floor would be too uncomfortable)

  2. A wristwatch with clear readability and waterproof

  3. Rain gear with jacket and pants in quiet color, such as grey or blue, with moisture permeability and water-proof.

  4. A vest with chest pockets to put a transceiver in.

  5. A backpack of 20 liters capacity with a cover, to accommodate any documents or materials needed for the research work.

  6. A pair of rubber boots which cover up to below the knees.

  7. Work clothes with long-sleeved shirt and pants (jeans not permitted). As clothes get easily dirty in the course of the work such as picking gavages on the beach, mowing, and so on, you may need several spare clothes if you prefer to change often.

  8. A cap

  9. Two penlights that hung from the neck

  • Avoid strong LED, or any similar type of light. Penlight with bulb is preferable.

  • Would be better if they are waterproof.

  • A type that uses AA size battery or AAA battery is easy to replace batteries. Advisable to prepare a spare bulb.

  1. Insurance policy

  2. Working gloves.

A swimming wear, sunscreens and toiletries, towels and any other items you think needed for your daily life.


Note:

Above mentioned items (especially from 1 to 7) are minimum needed items for working on this project. If you failed to bring any of those, you won’t be asked to join in the project. Please make sure you prepared everything necessary before you arrive at the place. There is no shop near in the local site where you can get those items.


^ Participation fee: 4500 Japanese YEN

We decided to collect participation fee especially in this project. The reason behind is, the host organization had to spend most of their funding for the protection of the sea turtles and there is not much left to receive international volunteers in a proper manner. The participation fee will be used to procure food and daily items for the volunteers during their stay. The leader will collect this participation fee in JPY. Please prepare exchanging for yen before you arrive. We thank you for your understanding in advance.


Location:

Yakushima lies to the south of Kyusyu in Kagoshima Prefecture. It is 2-3 hours by high speed ferry boat, and 35 minutes by plane from Kagoshima.


URL: NPO Yakushima Umigame kan (Japanese) http://www.umigame-kan.org/

UNESCO World Heritage Center - Yakushima - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/662


Remarks:

The activities to protect sea turtles are regulated under the natural protection law of the Ministry of the Environment, and the ordinance of Kagoshima prefecture. Umigame-Kan is an authorized entity.It would be advisable if volunteers understand very basic words of greetings in Japanese language.


A leader will meet you at the Kagoshima harbor. You are asked to bear all the transportation cost from Kagoshima to the site. From Kagoshima all volunteers together with the leader take a boat to Yakushima island (Miyanoura harbor). The boat fare is approximately 7,700 JPY one way (as of 15/05/2012). It takes 2-3 hours.From MIyanoura harbor to Nagata (the local site), you take a bus. The bus fare is 890JPY (as of 15/05/2012) and it takes 0.5 hour.


Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) JAPAN

Cosmos Aoyama, 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8355, JAPAN

Tel: +81-3-5467-5503 ( 9 :30~17 :30) FAX: +81-3-5467-7031 E-mail: IVP-in@cieej.or.jp

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