About the local hosting organizationNICE - NGO/ NPO to organize workcamps and other voluntary service projects mainly in Japan - Founder & Treasurer of NVDA/ Member of CCIVS and ALLIANCE/ Partner of SCI - Enjoying to create a new global age by mentally young people! -- Please see the presentation of the volunteer for the IVS contest in Japan 2016 https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/e1-67951349 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!)
About the volunteer workSummary: International FAMILY workcamp. Beautiful rich nature welcome your familiy! There are special works for improving and enjoy the Japanese historical village. -- Background: This workcamp has been organized together with Ohara Eco Project (OEP) and Katsuyama city government since 2009. 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 have rehabilitated 7 houses of cultural heritage. Depopulation problem is serious in most of mountain parts in Japan. Many fields and forests are abandoned, so we will try to improve the situation by voluntary power! -- Work: Volunteer will 1) help to renovate the old house by carrying the stuff, changing the floor, etc., 2) do other work for the community (e.g., reviving the abandon fields, chopping the fire woods, maintaining forest paths) No need to work so hard, don't worry, but we still need you to have high motivation to work!. Some of adult vols. may also help the children enjoy very rich and deep nature of mountains, river, etc.
Local accommodationRenovated house (Japanese traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. You don”™t need to bring your sleeping bag. Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. Wi-fi are not connected basically.
About the project locationAbout 200 km north east of Osaka. Katsuyama is an agricultural city and famous for dinosaurs discovery. Ohara village is located at 500 a.s.l. and surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. (https://goo.gl/maps/vVNx8xxrxzD2) -- Terminal : The closest International airport is Osaka (Kansai) airport. It takes 3.5 hours 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 24th noon and can leave there after 30th noon. -- Other activities : Exchange parties, visit to the Dinosaurs Museum, etc.
Extra info about the projectParticipation fees : Participation fee 500 Japanese yen per 1 child per day for meals. (3,500 yen for all workcamp days)