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Code: CIEEJ1523
Country: Japan
Region: Yamaguchi
Title: Fureai no Forest Cultural Exchange
Start date: 20 August 2015
End date: 29 August 2015
Project type: Social
Ages: 18 - 40
Partner organisation: CIEE
UNA Exchange Placement Fee: £210.00 find out about costing
Work: Host organization offers outdoor activities for both adults and children, which include making woodwork, basket wares, building wooden houses and painting, etc. in an environment abundant in nature. All staff in organization are volunteers and they work with a philosophy of “A forest sustains people, people sustain a forest”. During summer, many children and families visit this place and join the program of various outdoor activities. Volunteers will help children, families and elders with cooking (pizza, udon and somen noodles etc), making crafts, and so on. Age of participants will range from 5 to 80 years old. Moreover, they will attend cultural exchange lesson with local elementary school students (such as Singing English songs and Q&A; time), participate in Japanese traditional summer festival called ”Matsuri”, together with local students. The will work at maintenance of Fureai-no-Mori (mori means forest in Japanese) forest park and some facilities. Since there are many outdoor activities, work may differ if it rains.
Location: Shunan-city is located in south-eastern part of Yamaguchi Pref., between the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and hillside. It takes four and a half hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen or one and a half from Yamaguchi Ube Airport by train. During the day-offs, volunteers may participate in a traditional summer “MIKOSHI (portable shrine)” festival with local children.
Accommodation: A traditional Japanese house. Sleeping in a TATAMI room, a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory, a bathroom, public phone and a small shop are nearby. Volunteers take turns and cook by themselves. Volunteers are asked to go to the store and buy groceries.
Special remarks: TERMINAL : Yamaguchi Ube Airport (DOMESTIC). ; STATION : JR Tokuyama Station. ; REQUIREMENTS : A sleeping bag is necessary, Clothing need to be suitable for outdoor activities. You take care of children in the river too (swimwear, shorts pants, T-shirts are must). Slippers and sandals are prohibited. Bring sneakers. ; REMARKS : Volunteers need to be a self-starter. Those who are open-minded and eager to learn Japanese language and culture are welcome.

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