About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with Kikuya Community Group (KCG), formed by the local young people to think of the future of their small village. Ikata is famous for its main industry of oranges farming, but has been facing depopulation, lack of workers and aging society since most of young people leave the town. So, the number of abandoned orange farms is increasing and the town is losing its tradition, life, custom and scenery. KCG strongly hopes to host vols. to work together to animate the town and revive the farms.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will help orange farming (It is the main work!! Harvesting, taking care of trees, cutting grass etc., it depend on season! Especially, Nov. to April. is hard!!), support local youth club (If you have chance), and create new activities to animate the town.
Local accommodationShare room (male and female are separated) at the volunteer’s house. It is traditional Japanese style house. Volunteers cook by yourselves.
About the project locationIn the edge of Sata Peninsula, surrounded by the sea, so fishing is also famous. There are only 30 houses in this community. The climate is relatively warm though it can be cold in winter.
RequirementsSpeaking good Japanese, strong motivation to work with the host, respect to the local custom and life, open mind and flexibility. Be ready that work is for quite a long and hard (Especially, Nov. to April.)
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Participation in the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). Participation fee: 12,000 yen per one month to be paid on their arrivals. There is no fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols. Pocket money is 20,000 JPY per month. If you want to end on another day (either shorter or longer), please choose among the following dates and clearly write on your application form; 09/23, 10/29, 12/15, 01/14, 04/08, 05/13. Activity Blog: http://blog.goo.ne.jp/kikuya2009