Katsuyama 1 (Fukui) FAMILY WORKCAMP
Description: This workcamp has been organized together with Ohara Eco Project (OEP) and Katsuyama city government since 2009. There were 600 inhabitants in Ohara village with 90 houses, but now only 1 elder! OEP was founded by the Foresters cooperative and local people in 2006 and have rehabilitated 7 houses of cultural heritage. Depopulation problem is serious in most of mountain parts in Japan. Many fields and forests are abandoned, so we will try to improve the situation by voluntary power!
Type of Work: Volunteer will 1) help to renovate the old house by carrying the stuff, changing the floor, etc., 2) do other work for the community (e.g., reviving the abandon fields, chopping the fire woods, maintaining forest paths) No need to work so hard, don’t worry, but we still need you to have high motivation to work!. Some of adult vols. may also help the children enjoy very rich and deep nature of mountains, river, etc.
Study Theme: Volunteer have time for discussion about “Family life in each country”.
Accommodation: Renovated 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 are not connected basically.
Requirements: Only for families (Children should be 6-12 years old) can join this program. Respect to the local culture and way of the local organization! Speaking Japanese language is welcomed!
Approximate Location: About 200 km north east of Osaka. Katsuyama is an agricultural city and famous for dinosaurs discovery. Ohara village is located at 500 a.s.l. and surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place.
Notes: Other activities: Exchange parties, visit to the Dinosaurs Museum, etc.
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