About the local hosting organizationNICE have been organized this project together with “Morito”, a local voluntary group in Sado Island, since 2001. They maintain the school forest called “Furusato-no-mori Park” in Ogi town, on the southern part of the island. They make it possible for the community to enjoy the forest in every season. They are now trying to focus on caring for the forest in a joint effort with the community. They hope youth and foreign volunteers will mentally and physically help to empower this area.
About the volunteer workVolunteer's main works are (1)cutting bushes and in the school huge forests by Brush-cutter machine (2)practicing make soba (buckwheat Japanese noodles) every night and selling soba at famous art festival “Earth Celebration” during 3 days with local people, and (3) supporting the local small festival “Ogi Matsuri” as player the Japanese drums.(Vols. need to practice to play it)
Local accommodationCottage in the school forest. Please bring your sleeping bag! Evreyone sleep together. Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. Internet cannot be connected in the campsite. There is simple toilet, kitchen and shower room. Please be ready for simple forest life!
About the project location300 km northeast of Tokyo. Sado Island is famous for gold and the Japanese crested ibis. Ogi village is in the southern part beside the beach, where you can enjoy fishing and the hot spring!
RequirementsInterest in nature protection & exchange with a community. Adaptability to enjoy a simple forest lifestyle, and hard physical work during day and night !
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Exchange parties, fishing,swimming in the sea etc.