06.08. - 15.08.2018
Higashi Shirakawa Village Board of Education offers this
program in cooperation with Nagoya University of Commerce & Business
as well as local NPO AOZORA KENBUN JYUKU Since 2014, NPO AOZORA KENBUN
JYUKU take part in planning and operating the project.
The aim of this project is to have children in Higashi Shirakawa Village
to build an international friendship and to widen their views, since
most children have no opportunity to interact with non-Japanese people.
Through this project, they will have chance to experience other culture
and see the world differently.
CIEE Japan has been involved with this STV project since 1998 and it
will be 20th anniversary this year.
NPO AOZORA KENBUN JYUKU Official (JAPANESE) http://www.aozora-kenbun.com
NPO AOZORA KENBUN JYUKU Facebook (JAPANESE)
Higashi Shirakawa Village https://www.vill.higashishirakawa.gifu.jp/
Volunteers are expected to work together with local university
students to solve the ongoing problems and activities of this village
- Actively involved with English village camp and teach for Japanese
- Cultural exchange with students at elementary and junior high school
- Visit kindergarten and senior home and do some activities together
- Help some agricultural work
- Clean the accommodation
-Prepare for summer festival
-introduce food of your country(Bring a recipe!)
English village camp (Several days)
International volunteers will spend great amount of time (mostly in the
morning) by preparing and initiating this camp. Together with local
university students, international volunteer will teach local children
(elementary and junior high school) about English. Japanese children
only learn English by the books. It is one of their fewer chances to
practice it (speak out loud) with non-Japanese people. We would
appreciate if international volunteers can take initiatives for this
event (because some local university students are not experienced to
If you can prepare children’s songs, games, quizzes that would be great
as well. The local partner will assign some ESL teacher (TBD) and
prepare board and photos and national flags to make an atmosphere
international and fun!
Japanese RYOKAN (They no longer use it for
business purpose, but keep the facility as a place for visitors)
7 Japanese-style rooms are available for volunteers, washer, kitchen,
bathroom with bathtub, restroom (both Japanese and a western style),
fans, Free wifi is available, convenience store is 20 minutes by car,
supermarket is 10 minutes by car
Volunteers take turns and cook breakfast and dinner by themselves. Food
items will be provided. Local host mostly prepare lunch by providing
BENTO box. Sometimes volunteers take turn to make lunch. There is a big
BBQ event 1 night too.
1. Big interest and motivation to teach English (or at
least culture/language of your home country) to local Japanese children
since this is core activity during this workcamp
2. Conversational Japanese is recommended, but not required
3. Some interest for outdoor activities, together with local Japanese
children in the forest
4. Some interest for Japanese culture, language and custom (especially
the lifestyle of rural area).
5. Extra fee 7000 JPY(about 60 EURO). Please pay on arrival. This fee
will be used for supporting the accommodation fee
6. A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please
include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself
in English or Japanese.
A sleeping bag is a must. You can not use beddings the Ryokan owns.
Clothing suitable for activities such as long sleeved items, pants
cotton gloves and durable sneakers, swimwear, flip-flops, portable
umbrella or rainwear, a hat/cap, facial towel, bath towel, sun protected
cream or spray, medicine you use in your home country, a water bottle
and a bug repellent. At least 20,000 JPY in cash (including extra fee).
A credit card is useless in this area.
Adresa: Higashi Shirakawa, , Japan
Letisko: Central Japan International Airport, Autobusová/Vlaková zastávka: JR Shirakawaguchi station (Takayama Line)
Higashi Shirakawa-Village is located in the
central part of Japan, near the Hida Mountains which are very famous for
its beautiful scenery among mountain climbers and tourists. Elevation is
high and the population is about 4,000. Most villagers take part in
forestry and cultivate tea tree. Shirakawa tea is famous around the
area. 95% of the villages are covered with mountains and rich forests.
Visitors can enjoy its quiet wild nature. If volunteers like to visit
landmarks such as Shirakawago (a newly registered World Heritage) or
Gero Onsen (famous hot spring), please plan your trip after the workcamp
(the transportation is very limited during the program). A volunteer
needs at least 10,000 JPY in cash if he/she wants to go sightseeing on
free-day (such as Takayama city) but you can stay at the camp location
if you do not want to go out with a big group.
Please put the volunteer work on your highest priority. Please keep
in mind that the villagers are not experienced to interact with people
from overseas and they may look at you with curiosity, but no offence.
7.000 JPY Please pay on arrival. This fee
will be used for supporting the accommodation fee
Extra participation fee 54.0 EUR
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