About the local hosting organizationNPO MAINICHI Christmas is dedicated to help the elderly and children in a broad range of ways in their daily lives. At a day care service facility, they help seniors with the daily tasks; bathing, food preparation, basic medical care and entertainment. They also offer service for people who do not have family members or people who just want to have a chat or some activities. Friendly staffs (about 20 in total) also look after children, playing a role of “Afterschool” so that they provide some activities and comfortable places until the evening. MAINICHI means “Everyday” in Japanese, the founder hopes that their residents can spend “Everyday like a Christmas holiday”. Host organization also work closely with NPO international nature school Nikko, UNESCO world heritage environmental survey group and Dokkyo Medical University Nikko to provide a variety of activity and stimulate the community and accelerate the communication among international members and local Japanese. CIEE Japan started STV with MAINICHI Christmas last year and it is going to be 4th time hosting this year. NPO MAINICHI Christmas(JAPANESE) http://www.xmas.or.jp/instanthp/page02.html
About the volunteer work- With day care service stuff, volunteers help seniors do their activities (art, dance, songs, talk in Japanese) - Support children at an after school and local school (playing and mingling) During the project, volunteers also help Children at NPO international nature school (play sports, games, songs and fitness along riverside to the mountains) Nikko UNESCO association (environmental survey at the temples which is registered as a World Heritage, join exchange event with local high school students) Dokkyo Medical University Nikko (Interact with Japanese-German association medical staff and eat together for intercultural communication)
Local accommodationAccommodation: Traditional Japanese house that MAINICHI Christmas staff owns Facilities: 2 rooms (Japanese and western) sleep on FUTON mattress, 2 kitchens, bathroom with bathtub, Western-style restroom, laundry, Free-wifi and Karaoke are available. Convenience store is nearby. Supermarket is 10 minutes away by car. Meals: Volunteers take turns and cook by themselves for breakfast and dinner. Lunch will be provided by the host organization. Sometimes, volunteers eat dinner together with MAINICHI Christmas staff.
About the project locationNikko city is located in northwestern of Tochigi Prefecture. There is a famous shrine, Nikko-Tosho-gu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu administerd Japan in Edo era(1603-). Beautiful nature such as Kegon waterfall, Senjōgahara and spiritual power spots such as Nikko mountain Rinnoji temple attract tourists around the world. There are also theme (amusement) park such as Edo mura, Monkey Park, Tobu world square, art museum you can enjoy before/after workcamp. A volunteer needs at least 20,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go sightseeing on free-day. Nikko Toshogu Shrine (UNESCO World Heritage) in Nikko city (ENGLISH) http://www.toshogu.jp/english/ RINNOJI Temple (UNESCO World Heritage) in Nikko city (JAPANESE) http://rinnoji.or.jp/ Nikko City official website (ENGLISH) http://nikko.web.transer.com/bb_url_ej.php?ctw_=sT,eCR-JE,bF,hT,uaHR0cDovL3d3dy5jaXR5Lm5pa2tvLmxnLmpwLw==,f20140227203739-0,cdXRmLTg=,
Requirements1. Conversational Japanese is welcomed to communicate with local children and adult. 2. Smoking is prohibited in the facility. 3. Do not have any strong belief against Christianity because the local host is a Christian organization 4. can not accept a volunteer who is allergic to dog 5. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese. Bring something you introduce your home country (oral presentation or using Power point is fine. Please finish your preparation BEFORE coming to workcamp), work clothes should be conservative (long pants, long-sleeve shirt, No short pants nor mini skirt are allowed), sports shoes, swimwear, medicine that you usually use in your country, insect repellant, ingredients or snacks of your country, rain gear (you can buy on your first day of the program)
Extra info about the projectThere are many opportunities for volunteer to interact with people who only speak Japanese. You don’t need any special talent but people expect volunteers to be flexible and adaptable to new environment. We recommend each volunteer to study some greetings and idioms in Japanese before you start the workcamp.