Ozuchi 1 (Ishikawa)
Description: Organized together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now only 2 people live there! Still 10 houses are remained and the area was designated as Nation's Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We will try to improve the situation of the village by young voluntary power. Since 2016, Ozuchi village and NICE have started 'Weekend Workcamp', and more than 400 people do volunteering here and they love this village! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!
Type of Work: We will do various work to activate the area and success their culture. Main work is organizing and preparing for "English camp". For example, playing international games, cooking world meals and speaking with children. From 6 to 18 year old children/students join and enjoy international days in the beautiful nature. And we possibly also support agriculture and do some other work for the community.
Study Theme: Best practice to revive depopulated areas in each country and their networking. Bring some info!
Accommodation: Renovated house (traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Winter Sleeping bag is needed! Food will be cooked by volunteers. wi-fi and internet are nothing. There is a cat.
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: High motivation to work hard and simple life in the isolated mountain area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization. Educational experience for kids is welcomed!
Approximate Location: The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was main industry.
Notes: Other activities: Exchange parties with local people etc.
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