About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with Abukuma Nature School Network (ANSN). Their theme is learning from soil and nature, and live together. Many children in Fukushima are forced to stay indoors for the fear of health risks from radioactivity having been released in the air by the nuclear disaster since March 2011. ANSN started to organize kids camp for in Fukushima. It called “Fukushima Kids (FK)”. He became chairperson of the Executive committee it. They got support from various famous people. FK bring about more than 40 elementary, junior high or high school students at a time to areas with lower radiation levels, to conduct a series of camps during vacations (some 5-day camps in summer and winter) and weekends.
About the volunteer workWe will do some farming such as planting rice, cutting the grasses, sowing seeds and harvesting in the land of ANSN. ANSN organize many events on weekend. We will help to accept smoothly people from kids to adults, family. We will support and enjoy with them. Especially end of July to end of August, ANSN organize kids camp program. We will support it.
Local accommodationSingle room of the nature school. Volunteers cook with local host, if more than 3 volunteers together, cooking by themselves. During kid camp, we will stay with kids (But it depend on case!)
About the project locationSmall village in the forest area, the population is about 5,000, surrounded by rich nature. The temperature in winter can be minus 5-10 though the inside buildings are warm enough! 75km far from Fukushima nuclear power plant.
RequirementsSpeaking some Japanese, strong motivation to work with the host and live in the remote area with a lot of nature, respect to the local custom and life, flexibility, positive mind and those who likes children. Interest in revival Fukushima. Experience of similar types of work is welcome!
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Participation in the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). 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 you want to finish in other period, please choose among the following dates and clearly write on your application form; 09/23, 10/29, 12/15, 01/14, 04/08. Website of local organization: http://abukumansnet.org/english.html