Volunteers will 1) harvest sunflowers with the students (age 6-12) in the abandon field to be utilized as cooking oil which sales are used for the organizing cost of workcamps, 2) help to run the English speaking classes in the elementary school and 3) work in the farm such as wine grapes.
Public hall. Meals (attention: only vegan food is possible!) will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is necessary.
Shinko district has about 2,000 inhabitants and is located in the south west of Nagano city, in the north east of Nagano prefecture. The climate is colder than low land especially in the evening and morning. Rice and apples farming is the main industry. Leisure: Experience program to cook local dishes, exchange party, excursion on a free day, etc.
This workcamp has been organized since 2016 with the local group, coordinated by the ex. staff of NICE who lives here since 2015. He and NICE started a regional Workcamp Center to promote workcamps this April. Shinko district is surrounded by the mountains and has serious ongoing depopulation and aging. The workcamps here have been working for nature farming, creating a trail in the mountain, etc. and since 2017, helping to run some classes in the primary school is the main work. Ther school is in crisis to be closed down by the shortage of children, so we try to promote their global education as the attraction of the school as well as grow sun flowers in the abandon field.
High motivation to work with kids and outside. Similar types of experience and Japanese speaking skill are welcome! Volunteers need to accept and enjoy vegan food. Motivation letter is needed!