About the local hosting organizationThis project is co-organized with "Sugiura Farm" that engages in organic farming for pursuing food safety and an environmentally friendly society. The owner of the farm is Mr. Sugiura, who is the only one man taking care of 2 hectares of farmland abandoned by local people because they became too old to keep working on the farm. He cultivates, harvests crops, even makes fertilizer and processes the harvest into products. He is working not only for crops, but also for conserving the environment and the beautiful scenery of living fields in the countryside of Japan.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will engage the process of organic farming with duties such as cultivating vegetables and rice, weeding, harvesting and packing them for shipment.
Local accommodationVolunteers will live by themselves in an old Japanese house. They might stay at local host's house depends on the circumstances.
About the project locationIt is located in Gose city, Nara pref. which is about 50 km southeast of Osaka.
RequirementsSpeaking some English (Japanese is also welcome), strong motivation to work with the host, respect for the local customs and lifestyle, open mind and flexibility.
Extra info about the projectOther activities : Participation in the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, temples and shrines). Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th 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. Term : 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; 07/01, 08/05, 09/22, 10/28, 12/14, 01/13