Shintoku 20-02 (Hokkaido)
This project has been organized together with Kyodo Gakusha Shintoku Farm since 1998. Its 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!
1) Agricultural works : planting, weeding, cultivating, harvesting, to make organic vegetables, taking care of animals, milk processing, etc.)
2) House works : cooking and cleanings along with members in the community.
3) Handcrafts and textiles : making some handcrafts and textiles for sale to the locals.
Share the rooms in the facility which Shintoku Farm members live in.
Cooking with the members by turn (vegetarian is possible!).
Agricultural country side, 120 km east of Sapporo.
Minus 20 degrees in winter and 20 degrees in summer.
*Language : English and Japanese.
The communication between locals and volunteers will be used simple English and Japanese.
*Other requirement : Some level of Japanese speaking skill as well as high motivation to learn and speak Japanese language is needed. Skills of agriculture or construction can be useful!
*Other activities : Join the local festivals. Sightseeing (hot springs, famous places in this area).
*Participation fee : 12,000 yen per one month (6,000 yen from the 4th month).
(*No fee for vols. from the NGOs charging no fee in their LMTV projects to NICE vols.)
*Term : If you want to participate in dates other than the above (either shorter or longer), please choose your start / end date among the following seminar dates.
[ 16-17 Feb. / 11-12 May. / 03-04 Aug. / 19-20 Sep. /13 Dec. ]