About the local hosting organizationThis 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!
About the volunteer workVolunteer 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.
RequirementsExtra Fee is needed for only children. 500 Japanese yen (around 4 USD)per 1 child per day for meals. (3,500 yen for full term participation)
Extra info about the projectOnly for families (Children should be 6-12 years old) can join this program. Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!