Description: Organized together with local NPOs, ‘Association to protect nature in Tondabayashi’ and ‘Hamuro club’ since 2009. 67% of land in Japan is covered with forest and 40% of them is human-made planted forest called SATOYAMA, where people used to get many things to live such as foods and energys. SATOYAMA need to be taken care of to maintain its biodiversity and to keep water adjustment function. Our ancestors had protected and utilized the forest in ecological and sustainable way, which was neglected by modernization. We will try to revive it by global voluntary power!! Most of the members of local groups are aged 50-70, so they expect our participation of youth and foreign vols. to activate both mentally and physically.
Type of Work: In the morning, volunteers will work in the forest to maintain it. Cutting woods, pealing skins, cutting bamboos, sometimes chopping firewoods. In the afternoon, volunteers will have activities such as discussion about environmental issues, bamboo craft, having a lecture about SATOYAMA.
Study Theme: Volunteers will get knowledge of conservation work in a forest.
Accommodation: Very simple renovated house and a log house constructed by local people. Cooking with firewood. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Interest in nature conservation. Adaptability to enjoy a simple lifestyle is needed!
Approximate Location: Takidani fudo, Tondabayashi city in Osaka. 60 km south of Osaka city
Notes: Other activities; Exchange parties, experiencing Japanese culture, home stay, etc.
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