06.08. - 18.09.2018
Hokkaido Neiraku kyodogakusya was founded in June 1977.
They grow not only rice and vegetables, but also hogs and chickens for
maintaining self-sufficient, sustainable farm life. Since 1996, they
focus on producing sausages, bacons, salami and white rice as well as
selling them directly to local consumers. There are about 20 people
living and operating Neiraku Kyodogakusha. Most of them are physically
or psychologically handicapped adults (mostly Male) facing difficulties
in society or having a good family relationship. Neiraku Kyodogakusha
helps those people by making a better living place so that they can live
together and cooperates hand in hand with others. Their abilities and
characteristics may not work well in school or workplace but they accept
them regardless of academic background or social experience. The members
thus are expected to work and learn together and to try to make this
place like their real home. CIEE has been hosting an international
volunteer project since 2011 and it will be 8th anniversary this summer.
Kyodogakusha are groups who believe that it is best to live close to
nature in order to seek better living possibilities and to experience
the joys and the hardships of life. All Kyodogakusha houses are located
in villages in the countryside. There are four locations of kyodogakusya
in Japan, Two in Nagano and other two in Hokkaido.
Official homepage (ENGLISH):
Official homepage (JAPANESE):
Main tasks are…
-Vegetable farm work such as weeding and harvesting with handicapped
-Help meat processing with handicapped residents
-Prepare/clean meals and sweets for residents
-Daily routines such as cleaning in the facility with handicapped
Daily Schedule Image
Below is the daily schedule of what int’l volunteers did last summer.
However, Work may change according to the local partner’s needs and
weather and other factors. Please be flexible and get ready for
05:30−07:00 Wake-up, Mopping, cleaning
07:30−08:50 Breakfast, free time
08:50−09:30 Singing hymn, Meeting with the staff, exercise
09:30−12:00 Morning work (pulling unnecessary weeds, harvesting &
12:10−13:30 Lunch, meeting, free time
13:30−15:30 Afternoon works
15:30−16:00 Break (Snack) time
16:00−17:30 Afternoon works
19:30−21:00 Meeting with Volunteers, Play cards, ORIGAMI…
21:30 Go to bed
Volunteers will be accommodated in the
facility owned by Neiraku Kyodogakusha.
Japanese TATAMI with futon mattress. You will share a washer, a kitchen,
a lavatory and a bathroom with handicapped people and other volunteers.
Meals will be provided 3 times a day. However, volunteers are expected
to prepare setting the table and clean the dishes. Not available for
people who have food allergy.
1． There are dogs, cats, chickens and pigs. So we
can’t accept volunteers who have allergies to them. Volunteers need to
go to bed early and wake up early. Work will start around 6:00 am.
2． A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please
include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself
in English or Japanese.
Outfits suitable for agricultural outdoor work (long-t shirts,
long-pants, sweatshirts, a hat/cap), toiletries, towels home country
recipe and ingredient. Please also bring something to introduce your
home country such as game, recipes, and ingredients. Last but not least,
Japanese yen (At least 10,000 YEN) for personal expense (daily item,
souvenir, free time sightseeing)
Adresa: Rumoi, Hokkaido, , Japan
Letisko: NRT, Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: Terminal: Shin-Chitose airport /Asahikawa airport
Station: JR Rumoi Station
GPS: 43.9409868, 141.6370118
Hokkaido, as the biggest and northernmost
prefecture in Japan, attracts millions of tourists throughout the year.
It is also known as the 21st largest island in the world with abundant
nature and a number of national parks. Not only by the vast wilderness,
the island also possesses breezy and dry climate in summer and the
mountain ranges will be covered by beautiful crystal powder in winter.
Neiraku in Obira machi in Rumoi-gun, is a small town with about 4,000
residents. It is a 34 hectare hill-land in the middle of a rice paddy
region about 15Kms east from the Japan Sea and west of Asahikawa. A
volunteer needs at least 10,000 JPY in cash if she/he wants to go
sightseeing on free-day.
Sapporo city official web site (English):
This project is suitable for those who are interested and have an
understanding to Kyodogakusya’s visions and handicapped people. The work
pace is slow. Most residents (mostly males) are inadaptable of fitting
in a society, due to physical and mental problems while few others
enjoys being self-sufficient in a small community. Your cooperation and
consideration is much appreciated.
You will be meeting up with the project leader at the JR Sapporo station
between 12:30-13:00 and take a local bus (2.5 hours, about 2.500 YEN in
one-way) to get to Obira city (at Rumoi terminal station). Then you will
be picked up by the host organization and drive 30 minutes to finally
get to the project site. When booking a fight, make sure you arrive 1
day earlier in Sapporo area. Otherwise, you will not be able to meet up
with the group on the following day.
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