- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Transportation: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Activities: 0.00 Japanese Yen
- Hosting organisation support: 6000 Japanese Yen
Description: This project is actively working for SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), organized together with a local NGO for community development named KOBOSHA since 1996. Volunteers will join the summer festival called TORO NAGASHI that is a memorial service for ancestors by making lanterns named TORO and floating them down a river. Volunteers will make large TOROs (2 x 2 meters) for the festival. Through this workcamp, the local community will be much more activated, redeveloping pride for their community.The locals were able to continue this festival until now thanks to prepare some TOROs by volunteersOutcome of this workcamp: In 2019, 13 vols. made 4 big lanterns and also exchanged well with the local children. The vols. are having a very important role to keep the festival that is very important mental empowerment for the community
Type of Work: Volunteers will mainly help and join the festival by making four big lanterns TORO (2 x 2 meters) and hundreds of small lanterns together with local students. Volunteers can design your own large TORO in a group and will float it down a river in the festival.It will be physically demanding work.
Study Theme: Activate the isolated community with suffer from depopulation through the festival and good practices in your country.
*Outcome of this workcamp: In 2019, 13 vols. made 4 big lanterns and also exchanged well with the local children. The vols. are having a very important role to keep the festival that is very important mental empowerment for the community!
Accommodation: Volunteers will stay local community building. It will be very simple life style and a Japanese style. Room is shared with all volunteers. Meals are cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary and sleep on Japanese straw mat (tatami) with it.
Requirements: - 6,000 JPY (about 50 EUR) of NICE Volunteers fee needs to be paid in advance either by Paypal or through your sending NGO if they collect it in addition to their own inscription fee. This is used for the project preparation/ coordination such as the transportation of the camp leaders while the meals and the accommodation are provided by the local host by free.- Interest in Japanese culture and respect for local culture. Adaptability to simple living condition and positive attitude to work with locals
Approximate Location: Small town in the southern part of Fukushima. the population is about 9,000.The town is famous for beautiful flower named Dahlia from Aug. to Oct.
Notes: Other activities: Experience of Japanese Drum, sports, exchange parties, hot spring, etc. Volunteers will get a opportunity to do Homestay in the local house.
Terminal: The nearest international airport is Tokyo (Narita/Haneda). From Tokyo to the meeting point, it takes 7 hours by train. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport in Tokyo (Narita/Haneda) by 07:00 AM on the first day and can leave the airport after 22:00 PM on the last day.