01.07. - 31.07.2018
Minnade Shoei is a local group in Okayama prefecture to
support the foundation of new organization in Mimasaka area. They are
working to improve civic activities and facilitate collaboration and
networking among different organizations. Most membership organizations
belong to environment, child care or community support section to solve
ongoing social problems. They started STV project with CIEE Japan about
20 years ago and started MTV 2 years ago. The host organization expects
this project to stimulate the community and accelerate the international
communication and cultural exchange among Japanese and international
A volunteer will first work in an area called Mimasaka KOSE (美作市巨勢). It
is led by a local NPO named Torikaze, founded in 2014 in order to make
the rural area more revitalized and attractive to visitors and new
settlers. Their activities are based on a community center which was
used to be an elementary school for long time. By remodeling the
gymnasium, they host events such as music recital and matsuri event.
They play such an active role in this community. A volunteer have a
chance to stay with a local host family who have experienced hosting
international students or lived in overseas. This is a 4th year CIEE
Japan hosts a project with Torikaze.
Elementary school VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZXRlej5AzE
Tea Farm VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G28YbRSzEXA
Music Café Event VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-byUUNAyxM
*Actual project term: 3 July - 31 July
This is a unique MTV project which volunteers work solely with local
Japanese people in the first 2 weeks, then work together with STV
participants from CIEEJ1803 project (July 16-31).
Many preparations in local festivals, doing agricultural work, attending
culture exchange events
[PART 1] Between July 3 – July 16(KOSE)
KOSE is located in Mimasaka-city of Okayama prefecture.
There will be many events and works such as follows:
-Preparing/participating local MATSURI festival,
-Mowing tea farms and cleaning local temple and the accommodation
-Communicating with infant/children and their mothers (20-30s).
Volunteers are expected to work cooperatively in a group, and work well.
[PART 2] Between July 16- July 31 (MIMASAKA)
-Cleaning a shrine, river, walking trails, public facilities and a
-Doing an environmental work on the riverside and a shrine
-Joining English day camp at local high school
-Introducing cuisine of your country
-Participating a local MATSURI festival/welcome party/farewell event
-Experiencing Japanese traditional culture
Bedding will be provided. There are a washer,
a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. Internet may not be available
depending on the family.
Please always ask your host family when you use, a washer or a kitchen,
etc. You may need to do the laundry by yourself or your laundry will be
washed together with family’s and be asked to help with it. Please be
flexible and helpful.
Three meals a day will be provided. A volunteer who has an allergy (or
preference) in wheat, meat or fish can not be accepted because those are
often served in a Japanese meal and a family does not prepare meals by
individual request. A volunteer is also expected to eat rice, miso soup,
fish (sometimes raw) as well as meat (chicken, pork and beef) on a daily
basis without any problem
1. Japanese language (conversational level) is
required (we will check the level on the motivation letter)
2. Every volunteer must be able to ride on a bicycle for 5 km (sometimes
up to 20 km) a day. A volunteer is expected to be physical strong and
tough under the strong summer sunlight.
3. No volunteer is accepted if he/she has a strong allergy in cats, dogs
or house dust
4. It is required that volunteers should prepare and bring things you
can perform/display at an international exchange event. Pictures, CD,
books, magazines, toys, games or snacks of your country are suggested.
You can have your own booth, display them and give presentation about
your country at this event. Also, please bring home countries’ recipes
and ingredients. 20 more people will come to enjoy this event with
5. A couple is not allowed at all. We accept one volunteer from each
6. A motivation letter (more than 10 sentences long) is required. Please
include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself
both in English and Japanese.
Clothes suitable for activities, such as T-shirts, pants, and sneakers.
Long-sleeved shirts and a hat/cap, sun glasses are a must. In addition
to clothing, please bring toiletries, towels, raincoat, medicine (for
cold, painkiller) and other things you need for your daily life. Rain
boots are needed only those who foot is over 10 inch
Regarding the schedule on Sundays, please ask your host family if they
have any plan made for the day before you make your own schedules. Keep
in mind that you are strongly expected to spend time with your host
family on weekends. Please do not make any plan with your friends on
weekends without agreeing with your host family in advance. A volunteer
needs at least 30,000 JPY in cash if she wants to go sightseeing on
Adresa: Mimasaka,OKAYAMA, , Japan
Letisko: KIX, Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: Terminal: Okayama Airport (DOMESTIC)
Station: JR Hayashino Station
GPS: 35.0085882, 134.1485722
(http://kanko.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/ ) is famous for beautiful landscapes
and hot springs. The most notable sightseeing spot is the birthplace of
Musashi Miyamoto (1584~1645), the strongest swords man handling two
swords at the same time. Hayashino Station is located about one and half
hours by train (JR Kishin line) from Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture.
Their landmark Himeji Castle was designated as a national treasure in
1931, and the World Cultural Heritage in 1993.
You will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people
especially in cultural exchanges settings. Please be prepared and enjoy
that exposure. You are expected to have a good relationship with their
host family. Therefore, helping housework actively and refraining
yourself from going out at night are appreciated.
Táto aktivita nemôže byť pridaná do tvojej tašky. Môže byť plná, uzavretá, alebo nie je určená pre teba. Tiež sa musíš prihlásiť.
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