About the local hosting organizationNICE have been organized this project together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the Japanese original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses are remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. This group try to improve this depopulation situation by young voluntary power. Volunteers have been tried to (1)agriculture, (2)maintain the forest, (3)organize the event of culture exchange for local people and (4)exchange of ideas for improvement regional development though workcamps.
About the volunteer workWe will do various work to activate Ozuchi village and preserve their culture and nature. Main works are (1) harvesting rice and maintain rice fields,(2) maintaining vegetables’ fields for sustainable life (3) school visiting and organizing events with local old people for culture exchange. And do some other work for the community.
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, Internet and mobile cannot connected.
About the project locationThe southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was main industry.
RequirementsHigh motivation to work hard and simple life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization. Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!
Extra info about the projectOther activities: Exchange parties with local people etc. Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village. Also the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.