Shinko 1 (Nagano)
Description: This workcamp has been organized since 2016 with the local group, coordinated by the ex. Director of NICE who lives here since 2015. Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and has serious ongoing depopulation and aging, that is a common issue in most of the country sides (or even the whole country!) of Japan. In 2016, volunteers worked for nature farming and creating a trail in the mountain where we can enjoy amazing view of Japanese northern Alps! In 2017, they helped to run some classes in the primary school which is in crisis to be closed down by the shortage of children. So, this year, we will continue our activities in the school to promote their global education, to increase the attraction of the school and to activate the community.
Type of Work: Volunteers will 1) seed the sunflowers with the students (age 6-12) in the abandon field which will be converted into oil after the harvest as renewable energy as a pilot project toward a future industry/ employment, 2) help to run the cooking and English speaking classes and 3) work in the organic rice fields with full of biodiversity and continue the trail maintenance.
Study Theme: How can we maintain the schools in the depopulated area?
Accommodation: Public hall. Meals (attention: only vegan food is possible!) will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: High motivation to work with kids and outside. Similar types of experience and Japanese speaking skill are welcome! Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food. Motivation letter is needed!
Approximate Location: Shinko district has about 2,000 inhabitants and is located in the south west of Nagano city, in the north east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land especially in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry.
Notes: Other activities: Experience program to cook local dishes, farm stay, etc.
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MY-SCI 11.2 Meditation and Natural Farming at 1,135 Metres Above Sea Level
11 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
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