Project Details

Code: CIEEJ1803
Start date: 16 jul 2018
End date: 31 jul 2018
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: CULTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL
Theme: CULT, ENVI
Country: Japan
State: OKayama
Airport: Okayama
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 25

Description

MIEA (Mimasaka International Exchange Association) was founded in 1998 with Mimasaka citizens who are eager to be a liaison between Mimasaka area and outside of the country. The founder started off with a small group who practice English conversation with a few native speakers. Then, they start looking for an opportunity to do a bigger international exchange. By having a slogan of “Open your eyes, mind and soul to the world”, MIEA is hoping the locals to be more proud/confident of their hometown by introducing their cultural values and tradition to international members. By learning other cultures, local children have more positive images of going abroad and making friends in other countries. CIEE Japan has started recruiting international volunteers since 1998 and we have been hosting their summer workcamp for more than 20 years.
MIEA (Japanese) http://www.miea.or.jp/
MIEA (English) http://www10.plala.or.jp/COOLMOON/miea/index.htm
MIEA (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimasaka-International-Exchange-Association-MIEA/206215862756330

Work And Activities

-Cultural exchange with local residents
-Cleaning a shrine, river, walking trails, public facilities and a school
-Doing an environmental work on the riverside and a shrine
-Joining English day camp at local high school
-Introducing cuisine of your country
-Participating in a local MATSURI festival/welcome party/farewell event
-Experiencing Japanese traditional culture
Up to 3 MTV volunteers (CIEEJ1821) join this workcamp. Volunteers are expected to work collectively in
a group, and work well.
You will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people especially in cultural exchanges
settings. Please be prepared and enjoy that exposure.

Accommodation And Food

Each volunteer will stay separately in a local host family‟s house. Volunteers should follow house rules such as “Curfew” at 6:00 PM every day.

Place

Mimasaka-city (http://kanko.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/ ) is famous for beautiful landscapes and hot springs. The most notable sightseeing spot is the birthplace of Musashi Miyamoto (1584~1645), the strongest swords man handling two swords at the same time. Hayashino Station is located about one and half hours by train (JR Kishin line) from Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture. Their landmark Himeji Castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931 and the World Cultural Heritage in 1993.
Regarding the schedule on Sundays, please ask your host family if they have any plan made for the day before you make your own schedules. Keep in mind that you are strongly expected to spend time with your host family on weekends. Please do not make any plan with your friends on weekends without agreeing with your host family in advance. A volunteer is recommended to bring 5,000-20,000yen for sightseeing, souvenirs, and other personal expenses.

Requirements

1 Every volunteer must be able to ride on a bicycle for 5 km (sometimes up to 20 km) a day A volunteer is expected to be physically strong and tough under the strong summer sunlight
2 No volunteer is accepted if he/she has a strong allergy in cats, dogs or house dust
3 It is required that volunteers should prepare and bring things you can perform/display at an international exchange event. Pictures, CD, books, magazines, toys, games or snacks of your country are suggested. You can have your own booth, display them and give presentation about
your country at this event. Also, please bring home countries‟ recipes and ingredients. 10-20 people will come to enjoy this event with International volunteer
4 A hat, sunglasses, long-sleeves shirt, full-length pants(at least 2) are essential to bring for cleaning and environmental work outside.
5 Rain boots are needed only those whose foot size is over 11 inches (28cm).
6 You are required to sign up a travel Insurance in your country. Without insurance contract, you can not participate in any activities.
7 A couple is not allowed at all. We accept one volunteer from each organization
8 A motivation letter (more than 5 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself in English or Japanese.

Language

English / Japanese

Notes

Remarks:
You will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people especially in cultural exchanges settings. Please be prepared and enjoy that exposure.
You are expected to have a good relationship with their host family. Therefore, you must help housework actively and refrain from going out at night.