About the local hosting organizationThis workcamp has been organized with the local community since 2016. Takano village of Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and located at 750-800 a.s.l. The village don't have particular attractions for tourists and ongoing depopulation and aging, that is a common serious issue in most of the country sides (or even the whole country!) of Japan, would be more serious in the future. But they have great attraction of natural and cultural heritages! The ex. Director of NICE is living here since 2015 and 4 workcamps were successfully organized in 2016 with NICE on which the volunteers mainly worked for nature farming and creating a trail in the mountain where we can enjoy amazing view of Japanese northern Alps!
About the volunteer workVolunteers will visit the elementary (age 6-12) / junior high (age 12-15) schools to run the English speaking classes and to organize inter-cultural exchange of play, music and dance of the world. Volunteers will also continue the last year's work to create and maintain the trail as well as walking around the area with taking pictures and having interviews to the local people.
Local accommodationPublic hall. Meals (attention: only vegan food is possible!) will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeing bag is necessary.
About the project locationShinko district is located in the south west of Nagano city which is located in the noth east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land, so even in summer, it may be cool in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry.
RequirementsHigh motivation to work with kids. Similar types of experience and Japanese speaking skill are welcome! Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food.
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Exchange program with the local children, farm stay, etc.