Description: This project has been organized together with local organization 'Ogurumi-kai' since 2009. Shiba is a very mountainous region covered with deep forest, cliffs and waterfalls. It is specified for the Kyushu central mountainous district quasi-national park. In spite of the town’s natural heritage, depopulation (especially of youth) is a serious problem there. Ogurumi-kai aims to preserve the natural beauty of Shiba village by guide in nature, providing ecological education for children, conservation forest etc. The aim of this workcamp is to help in nature conservation and vitalization of local communities.
Type of Work: Volunteers will work in the beautiful mountains for maintaining of historical nature trail and sign board in the mountain. Volunteers will also help in traditional agriculture for local aged farmers.
Study Theme: Volunteers will learn the history and culture in Shiba village.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in shared room of a house or community center. Please bring your sleeping bag. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: High motivation to work hard in the mountain is required. Volunteers should enjoy a simple lifestyle in the isolated area and respect to the local culture.
Approximate Location: Shiba village is a very beautiful village and in the center of Kyushu Island. It is located near the border with Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures. The historical 'Heike' legend has been handed in this village.
Notes: Other activities; Volunteer can join a cultural exchange party with locals, excursion and trekking, etc. In the evening of a sunny day, please enjoy the wonderful starry sky in Shiba village.
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