Volunteers will do various work to activate the area and success their culture. Main work may be one of (1) cultivation of abandoned land and bamboo forest (2) maintaining vegetables fields for sustainable life (3) communicating with local old people. And do some other work for the community.
Renovated house (traditional house!). Simple shower room. Clean toilet. Sleeping bag is needed! Food will be cooked by volunteers. wi-fi and internet are nothing. There is a cat.
The southwest part of Ishikawa prefecture. Ozuchi village is surrounded by mountains, so very isolated, but beautiful place. Charcoal making was main industry.
Organized together with Shizentaiken Ozuchi Mura since 2013, founded by local people to keep the original landscape. There were 140 inhabitants with 20 houses in 1916, but now no people live there! Still 10 houses are remained and the area was designated as Nations Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings. We will try to improve the situation of the village by young voluntary power. Since 2016, Ozuchi village and NICE have started Weekend Workcamp, and more than 200 people do volunteering here! Local host hope to pass this village down the next generations!
High motivation to work hard and simple life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization!
Volunteers get knowledge about actions for developing local village. Also the basic knowledge of the Japanese language and local culture.
other activities: Exchange parties with local people, trekking and hot spring etc.