Mediano/largo plazo
NICE-LI-MK20-05 JAPÓN Maki, Otari, Nagano AGRI,SOCI 09/05/2020 26/07/2020

Maki 20-05 (Nagano) | NICE-LI-MK20-05 | 2020-05-09 - 2020-07-26 | AGRI,SOCI | Age: 18 - 99


This project has been organized together with Maki Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG) since 2007. KG is an NPO running 5 organic farming communities in Japan where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, those who want to learn agriculture, etc. to change our society from competitive to cooperative. Maki Farm has 5-10 members and is located in a very isolated area (no access for cars and people have to walk 4 km in the mountains!), so once it became an abandoned village in the 1970s. Tateya (NICE-LI-TT) is one branch of KG.

Work: Volunteers 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 housework, etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and tough.

Accomodation and food: Building a straw roof (traditional house in Japan!) in the farm, cooking as a group by turn (Vegetarian is possible if its prepared by volunteer self.)

Location: Maki, Otari, Nagano

Location and Leisure: *Location: In the deep mountain. Very isolated, but beautiful village near the Northern Japan Alps. About 900 meters above sea level. Something remained here that most of Japanese areas have lost in modernization. *Other activities: Sightseeing, short trips (hot springs, famous places here). Trekking.

Train/Bus station: The nearest airport is Narita/Haneda airport in Tokyo. From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 4 hours by express train or 6-8 hours by bus. *Volunteer needs to arrive in Japan on the day before the orientation and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day.

Requirements: *Language: English and Japanese. The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese. Some levels of Japanese speaking skills as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. *Other requirements: High motivation to work hard and to simple mountain life in the isolated area. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Agriculture skills or construction can be useful! A motivation letter is needed.

Language: jap,eng

Extra Fee: 12000 JPY

*Participation fee: 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month). *Term: If you want to participate in dates other than the above (either shorter or longer), please choose your start/end date among the following seminar dates. [ 09-10 May. / 25-26 Jul. / 23-24 Sep. /18 Dec. ]