About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with E-Wasa (EW) from 2015. It means good Japanese tea and is a local NPO created in 2012 to organize agricultural events, support people who live in Wazuka as new tea farmers. Short term workcamps are hosted every year since 2001 by other local group. One of tea farmers who was camp leader in the workcamp in Wazuka was fascinated, so became a tea farmer here. Then, he established EW for future of Wazuka. Wazuka is famous for green tea (called Uji-cha, but they want to PR as Wazuka-cha), but has been facing depopulation, lack of workers and aging society since most of youth leave the town. So, the number of abandoned tea farms are increasing and the town is losing its tradition, life, custom and scenery. EW hopes to host vols. to work together to animate the town and revive the tea farms.
About the volunteer workVolunteers will do natural tea farming in abandoned tea farms with EW. After reviving farms, EW will provide it for new tea farmer who want to start as new tea farmer. Volunteers will join the local events, weekend workcamp too.
Local accommodationSingle room at the volunteer’s house. Cooking by themselves.
About the project locationAbout 80 km from the center of Osaka. Most of the peninsula was designated as a quasi-national park.It was selected as “one pf the most beautiful villages in Japan” 2013. A famous landscape known as the "Beautiful Tea farms" It is called “Cha-genkyo”.
RequirementsSpeaking some Japanese, strong motivation to work with the host, respect of the local customs and life, open mind and flexibility.
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Volunteers have opportunities to show your culture in school. Participation in the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (temples, shrines famous places in Nara and Kyoto). 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. Other: If volunteers want to end on another day (either shorter or longer), please choose among the following dates and clearly write on your application form; 08/06, 09/23, 10/29, 12/15