- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Transportation: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Activities: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Hosting organisation support: 9000 Japanese Yen
Description: This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGS15 (Life on Land). This project is co-organized with "Sugiura Farm" that engages in organic farming for pursuing food safety and an environmental-friendly society. The owner of this farm is Mr. Sugiura, who was the only a man taking care of 2 hectares of farmland abandoned by local people until 2022. From 2023, previous NICE staff, he start to work in here with him. The local people became too old to keep working on the farm. Mr. Sugiura cultivates, harvests crops, even makes fertilizer and processes the harvest into products. He is working not only for crops, but also for conserving the environment and the beautiful scenery of living fields in the countryside of Japan.
Type of Work: Supporting in crop production through pesticide-free and environmentally friendly agriculture. Vols. will also cut grass on abandoned fields and restore farmland. Vols may also perform other farm work such as spreading compost on fields and harvesting!
Study Theme: Volunteers will acquire the knowledge of organic farming.
Accommodation: Volunteers stay at an old Japanese house next to the local host's. Living volunteer house with 1 male staff. Volunteer can separate room with him. The kitchen and shower are shared with them. Volunteers cook by themselves. Smoking is not allowed. A cat and dog is kept around the house.
Requirements: High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language, to work hard with simple mountain life in a remote area. Respect for the local culture and way of the local organization. Interests in agriculture.
Approximate Location: It is located in Gose city, Nara pref. which is about 50 km southeast of Osaka.
Notes: Other activities: Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, temples and shrines).
Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village and ancient times. Also the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.
Outcome of this workcamp: International vols. gradually have become familiar with local people and community thanks to local host's effort. They not only worked at the farm but also joined local festival as a staff and went to language school to study Japanese. They are required to make good relationship with local and create valuable changes in the community.