Description: This project is newly organized together with local organization named ‘National Daily-tea and Tea seeds Support Network (NDTSN)’. Kasuga area in Ibigawa town is one of the rare place of production of Japanese teas in traditional farming without any use of pesticides. On the other hand, it has been facing serious aging and depopulation problems, so the number of retired farmers has been increasing rapidly. NDTSN has been trying to revive the abandoned cultivated lands and making wholesome oil produced from tea seeds as a new local specialty. NDTSN also has been trying to organize some projects for interaction between urban and rural areas for activating the community.
Type of Work: Volunteers will mainly support for elderly local farmers to work on their tea farm such as cutting glasses or harvesting. Volunteers will also help maintenance of footpath to the scenic spot for hiker’s safety. 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 Japanese tea.
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in shared room in a old house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Interest in organic tea farming and high motivation for working outside.
Approximate Location: Kasuga area of Ibigawa town in Gifu prefecture. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. The beautiful scenery of tea farms in highland there is called 'little Machu-Pichu in Gifu'.
Notes: other activities: Volunteers will join the local traditional summer festival!
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