Onuma 1 (Hokkaido)
Description: This workcamp has been organized with Onuma Milestone 22, a local NGO made by President of Fishermen’s Cooperative and Director of international exchange association 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 in cattle farming and erosion from abandoned forests with alien trees. President of Cooperative has bought a forest and wants to revive it to original nature with native trees!
Type of Work: Volunteers will 1) work in the forest (removing some alien conifer trees that disturb growth of other plants and animals, maintain the foot paths, etc.), 2) make the rafts with reeds to purity the water of the lake and 3) do other work needed in the community (e.g., helping the research, running the lake festival, organizing Eco Sponge Action, etc.)
Study Theme: 100 years plan of the forests and sustainable town planning. Bring some info.!
Accommodation: Rooms of the apartment. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Motivation to actively work with local people!
Approximate Location: South of Hokkaido island, in a national park near Hakodate city which is famous for romantic view in the night, especially for sweet couples!
Notes: Other activities; Excursion, sports, exchange parties with local people, etc.
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