Description: NICE have been organized this project together with Satoyama Shizen Gakko Komatsu Takigahara (nature school), founded in 2011 to teach attraction and importance of Satoyama forest. Depopulation (especially of youth) is a serious problem here similarly in many other country sides. This village have only 20 families and few young people. It is difficult to keep traditional culture, so we aim to help keeping this landscape/cultures and telling Satoyama’s attraction by young power! This village have welcomed volunteers since 2013, and they tried to starting new project with them. Local people really welcome to coming the new people!
Type of Work: Main work is (1) painting the fences (more than 1km!), (2) harvesting rice, (3) cutting brush and grasses for landscape preservation and(4) supporting the local events. We may possibly also support to event with kids/local people and do some other work for the community.
Study Theme: Volunteers have time for discussion about “How to interchange and dispatch about Satoyama forest’s enlivening”.
Accommodation: The community center in the village. There are clean kitchen and toilet. Volunteers take a shower in the kindly local people's houses. Please bring sleeping bag! Volunteers prepare the meals by themselves. Wi-fi are not connected basically.
Requirements: High motivation to work hard and seriously and enjoy simple life. Need idea for local revitalization. Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!
Notes: Other activities; Exchange parties with local people, trekking and hot spring etc.
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