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Code: NICE-15-004
Country: Japan
Region: Katsuyama
Title: Katsuyama 1
Start date: 20 January 2015
End date: 29 January 2015
Project type: Environmental
Ages: 18 - 70
Partner organisation: NICE
UNA Exchange Placement Fee: £210.00 find out about costing
Work: Work:

We will remove snow of the old houses that will have been renovated by OEP and the local students in August, to prevent them from being destroyed by snow. We may possibly also help to remove snow the Dinosaurs Park in the down town and do some other work for the community.

Location: Organized together with Obara Eco Project (OEP) and Katsuyama city government since 2009. There were 600 inhabitants in Obara village with 90 houses, but now only 1 elder! OEP was founded by the Foresters cooperative and local people in 2006 and have rehabilitated 7 houses of cultural heritage. Depopulation problem is serious in most of mountain parts in Japan and many fields and forests are abandoned, so we will try to improve the situation by voluntary power!


Renovated house (traditional house!). CV. SBN


About 200 km north east of Osaka. Katsuyama is an agricultural city and famous for dinosaurs discovery and Ohara is located at 500 a.s.l. and famous for deep snow (2-3 meters) in winter!

Special remarks: T: From Komatsu airport (1.5 hours by express train). From Osaka/Kansai airport (3.5 hours by express train). From Tokyo, 4.5 hours by express train/ 8 hours by highway bus (You need to arrive at Narita airport by 21:00 on Jan. 19 and can leave there after 12:00 on Jan. 30.) L


Exchange parties, visit to the Dinosaurs Museum, excursion and trekking, etc. S

Special Remarks:

High motivation to work hard and simple life in the isolated area and respect to the local culture and way of the local organization!

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