29.07. - 29.08.2018
*Actual Project term: 29 July- 26 August
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
The project is held in two areas in Mimasaka City, Shouou
(29th July-11th August) and Nagi(11th August-26th August).
-Preparations in local festivals,
-Agricultural work, attending culture exchange events.
-Help some manual work at local commercial stores such as café, Soba
restaurant, beef production, toy shop, fruit shop. Some activities are
involved with local children.
-Experience Japanese cultural activities like ‘Zazen’(zen meditation) at
Nagi area (Youtube video)
Each volunteer will stay separately in a
local host family’s house. Volunteers should follow house rules such as
“Curfew” at 6:00 PM every day.
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.