About the local hosting organizationOrganized together with Milestone 22, a local NGO to promote voluntary service and international exchange. Short term projects have been organized since 2004. Though Onuma lake has been a popular tourism spot for a long time because of its beautiful scenery, it has been polluted by over use of agricultural chemicals by cattle farming and erosion from abandoned forests with non-native trees. A leader of Fishermen’s Cooperative has bought a forest and wants to revive it to original nature!
About the volunteer workWe will cut alien trees and planting native trees to create better forest around the lake. As raising awareness of locals is important, we will also work along the lake by putting stones, check the pollution and making charcoals to purify the water. Also, volunteers will harvest tomato, potato, etc. Volunteer will join some local festivals to involve local people in this lake conservation movement.
Local accommodationRental house and apartment house near the lake. Cooked by vols. by turn.
About the project locationSouth of Hokkaido islands, in a national park near Hakodate city which is famous for romantic view in the night, especially for sweet couples!
RequirementsMotivation to learn and speak Japanese language!! Motivation to actively work in the forests and with local people! There will be short term international workcamp during the program. Japanese language skill is not necessary though welcomed!
Extra info about the projectExtra fee: 12,000 yen per one 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 activities: Excursion, exchange parties, loca events, home-stay, farming experience, school visit, sports, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here). Other: Activity movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVAC_J2dkyI