NICE was founded on the 4th Feb. in 1990 by the 7 youth who had done the workcamps or other types of voluntary service programs abroad.
In Septembre 1990, the first international workcamp of NICE was held at the foot of the Mt. Fuji of Japan.
Organized together with Kyodo Gakusha Shintoku Farm, a cooperative community where people with various backgrounds such as mentally disadvantaged, people who are tired of city life, who wants to learn farming, etc. They have five communities in Tokyo, Nagano and Hokkaido and grow animals and vegetables in ecological, organic way with utilizing Bacterium. Their cheese got the 1st prize in the national contest!
Volunteers will do various types of agricultural works (planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, to make organic vegetables, taking care of animals, milk processing, etc.) as well as house work. Volunteers will develop the rangeland.
Volunteers have opportunities learning organic farming, taking care of cow, chickens. You can learn a group work, that would be useful for your future.
Shared room (male and female are separated) in volunteer house, cooked as a group by turns (vegetarian is possible!)
Agricultural country side, 120 km east of Sapporo. (Minus 20 degree in winter and 20 in summer).
From Sapporo, 4 hours by express train.
From Tokyo, 2 hours by airplane(to Shin-chitose airport) or 32 hours by ship.
Before join program and after finishing project, you need to join seminar near Tokyo. You need to arrive at Narita or Haneda airport by 08:00 the 1st day, and can leave Japan after 22:00 on last day.
Joining the local festivals. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here).
General requirements :
- Best motivation for the voluntary work (special good skills and power are not necessary)
- Responsibility to keep rules of NICE & the partners and cooperation to run the projects
- Best efforts to understand and respect cultures both of the hosts and other volunteers
- Open mind to make friends with trying to speak English (in the groups) and the local language
- To adapt and enjoy simple conditions of the living such as food and accommodation
Specific requirements for the project :
Motivation to learn and speak Japanese language, strong motivation for the host. Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
The languages of the project will be English and Japanese.
12,000 yen per one month and 6,000 yen from the 4th month to be paid on their arrivals.
There is no fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.
NICE organizes Preparation Seminars for LMTV for Japanese/ foreign outgoing/ incoming volunteers together with Evaluation Seminars where all volunteers need to join (but LW projects often do it in the project sites independently). Volunteers need to come to meeting point of Seminar by themselves.