Let’s preserve the way of traditional Japanese life in the mountain area!
Start – End:
11/May – 04/August
03/August – 20/September
19/September – 13/Dezember
If you want to stay longer or start later than the date above, please contact your sending organization.
Background: Organized together with Maki Farm of Kyodo Gakusha (KG). KG is a NPO running 5 organic farming communities in Japan where people from disadvantage backgrounds, e.g. people with mental disabilities, are willing to learn about farming in order to change our society from competitive big companies. Maki Farm has 5-10 members and is located in a very isolated area (not accessible by car and we have to walk 4 km in the mountains!), so once it became an abandoned village in 1970s. Tateya is one branch of KG.
Work: We will help in their organic farming (weeding in rice and vegetable fields, planting vegetables, taking care of goats and hens, etc.) and also carry the things from the town, renovate the trails, help in their house work, etc. Be ready to work for quite a long time (05:30-18:00 with some brakes) and tough.
Accommodation: Building a straw roof (traditional house in Japan!) in a farm, cooking as a group by turn (Vegetarian is possible!)
Study theme: Volunteers have opportunities to learn about organic farming work by taking care of goats, chickens and various other farm animals. You can learn the traditional way of Japanese life.
Other activities: Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here), trekking
Location: In the deep mountain, a very isolated but beautiful village near “Japanese Northern Alps”; about 900 meters. Some traditional and old things can be seen here that in other areas have been lost due to modernization.
Terminal: From Tokyo, 4 hours by express train or 6-8 hours by bus and train. You need to arrive at Narita or Haneda airport by 08:00 the 1st day and can leave Japan after 22:00 on the last day).
Requirements: Speaking some Japanese and strong motivation to work and enjoy simple life in the isolated area and respect for the local culture and way of the local organization! Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
Language: Japanese and English (there will be a 1-year volunteer who has joined LMTV of this place)
Other: If you want to end on another day (either shorter or longer), please inform the sending organization before the application is sent.
See a documentary movie about their living life: Kyodo Gakusha Maki Farm on 2015 in Japan – arayashiki-movie.jp.