About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with Maki Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG). KG is a NPO running 5 organic farming communities in Japan where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, those who want to learn farming, etc. in order to change our society from competitive to cooperative. Maki Farm has 5-10 members and is located in a very isolated area (no accessible for cars and we have to walk 4 km in the mountains!), so once it became an abandon village in 1970s. Tateya is one branch of KG.
About the volunteer workWe will help their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and hens, etc.) and also carry the things from the town, renovate the trails, help their house work, etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and tough.
Local accommodationBuilding a straw roof(traditional house in Japan!) in farm ,cooking as a group by turn (Vegetarian is possible!)
About the project locationIn the deep mountain. Very isolated, but beautiful village near “Japanese Northern Alps”. About 900 meters asl. Something remained here that most of Japanese areas have lost in modernization. From Tokyo, 4 hours by express train or 6-8 hours by bus and train. You need to arrive at Narita or Haneda airport by 08:00 the 1st day, and can leave Japan after 22:00 on last day). Other activities: Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). Trekking. Study theme: Volunteer have opportunities learning organic farming, taking care of goats, chickens. You can learn traditional way of Japanese life.
RequirementsSpeaking some Japanese (common language will be Japanese) and strong motivation to work and enjoy simple life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
Extra info about the project12,000 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. Language: Japanese and a little English. Other remark: Japanese and a little English.