Description: This project is organized together with Ono Agriculture Union in Nishiwaga(OAUN), since 2014. Nishiwaga is a rural town surrounded by the beautiful nature such as forests and lake. On the other side, it has been facing serious aging and depopulation problems. Over 45% of villagers are over age of 65, and the number of retired farmers are increasing. OAUN has been trying to revive the abandoned cultivated lands and organizing some projects for interaction between urban and rural areas for activating the community. Volunteers will work on the community revitalization activities such as supporting elderly farmers, making Biotope for promoting natural farming.
Type of Work: Main works are
1) Making biotope for promoting natural farming (Pesticide-free),
2) Helping elder local farmers to work on their farm such as cutting glasses or harvesting.
We also work in a facility for the disabled people. The schedule of work will be changed due to weather condition, so you need to be flexible!
Study Theme: Volunteers will get knowledge of history and culture of Nishiwaga, and have time for sharing ideas how to activate the depopulated area.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in shared room in an old house (newly-renovated). Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is NOT necessary.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Interest in community development, cultural exchange with a local community, and agricultural works.
Approximate Location: Nishiwaga town, center of Tohoku area (north part of Japan), and located in border between Iwate and Akita prefecture. It surrounded by beautiful mountains, and famous for hot spring (there is one even in a train station)!
Notes: Other activities; Hot spring!! Volunteers can also join for cultural exchange parties with locals, and activity with nursery school kids.
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