Creating the opportunity of international exchange for local children with online technology!

Shinmachi(Tokushima) / More than 1 month(anytime)

Volunteer information
Project name Shinmachi
Location Tokushima
Periond More than 1 month(anytime)
Type Education
Capacity Max. 2 volunteers
Background This project is actively working for SDG 4 (Quality Education).This project has been organized with NPO, Bizan Daigaku (B.D) since 2019. They organize workcamp with NICE from 2013. They have many types of projects, one of project started that visiting local primary school or kindergarten from this year in Tokushima city. There is a kind of problem that the children who live in countryside face to have few opportunity to communicate with foreign people compared with city because of the lack of number of foreigners. They want to change the situation and activate both of children and the situation of education for cultural exchange through having such a local activities with volunteers.
*B.D.'s Facebook page (you can check the lifestyle and work).
*Online activity movie(Only Japanese)
*Because of COVID-19, there is a possibility volunteer can't communicate with children directly and make opportunity to introduce their culture with online contents like using ZOOM.
Outcome It was the very first project that a children center which is one of the worksite committed to do online activity, cooperated with vols. in Japan. They are required to spread the possibility of online technology and education.
Work Visiting the local primary school and kindergarten and communicating with local students or communicate with them through online by using ZOOM . Volunteer will prepare for some activities and lesson for children. For example, helping their homework, discuss about some game which is related with cultural exchange for them. Joining in some kind of local events which BD organizes.
Location Tokushima City, capital of Tokushima Prefecture, has a population of about 260,000. The city is in northern Tokushima Prefecture where the Yoshino River and its tributaries create a delta.
Accommodation Single room in local apartment house. Shower room in each rooms. Sometimes volunteers need to share 1 room. Volunteers need to prepare for breakfast by themselves. Lunch and dinner are usually cooked by themselves, sometimes provide from the local. There is wi-fi.
Recruitment information
Other activities Awa Odori Festival on August, Exchange parties, experiencing Japanese culture, etc. Join the local events etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here).
Other As of 2020 Nov., it seems impossible to host the vols. from abroad. NICE and the local host will make decision to organize or cancel the project around 1 month before each start though the project can be cancelled even after that depending on the situation of COVID-19. NICE cannot compensate any damage on volunteers by this and strongly recommend them to book the flights as late as possible.
Requirement High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. It's also better if volunteer have experience of taking care of children.