Minamata 1 (Kumamoto)
Description: This project has been organized together with Minamata International Friendship Association (MIFA) since 1992. Though there was a big tragedy of public pollution 40 years ago, it’s completely safe now and Minamata is pioneering to be ecological town by distinguishing garbage into 21 categories, etc. The workcamps have been creating a forest on the reclaimed land to bear new lives as a symbol of revival, with strong wish of the patients as well as doing various community works to activate local communities.
Type of Work: Volunteers will mainly work for renovation of the bamboo gate in Eco House and cutting bamboos, making bamboo charcoals. Volunteers also join and support international festival in Minamata. Volunteers will cook your international dishes by ourselves in this event. Volunteers will sell that dishes to local people and enhance the mood in this event etc.
Study Theme: Eco life, local forest (including bamboos) and future plan about Minamata. Bring some info.!
Accommodation: Volunteers house (Volunteers will borrow the bathrooms of local host that creates nice exchange). Cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is needed!
Language: English (Japanese is also welcomed!)
Requirements: Interest to protect nature, recycling environmental protection and to exchange with people. Volunteers need to ride on bicycle.
Approximate Location: South west in Kyushu islands. People are cheerful and many of man like to drink sake!! If lucky, you could enjoy parties under cherry flowers!
Notes: Other activities; To join seminar about environment and local festival, elementary school visit, etc.
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