International Workcamp  Ikata(Ehime) 2/27~3/17

Let's support mandarin farming in edge of peninsula!

International Workcamp  Ikata(Ehime) 2/27~3/17

Work camp information
Code NICE-21-0227A
Project name Ikata
Location Ehime,Japan
Periond 2/27~3/17
Type Agriculture, Environment
Volunteers 8 menbers (Who live in Japan now.)
Background This project is actively working for SDG2 (Zero Hunger) and SDGS15 (Life on Land). This project has been organized with Kikuya Community Group (KCG), formed by the local young people to think of the future of their small village. Ikata is famous for its main industry of mandarins farming, but has been facing depopulation, lack of workers and aging society since most of young people leave the town. So, the number of abandoned mandarin farms is increasing and the town is losing its tradition, life, custom and scenery. KCG strongly hopes to host vols. to work together to animate the town and revive the farms. The activity Blog: *Outcome of this workcamp: As this project has continued over 10 years, international vols. not only worked at farm but also visited local elementary school and introduced their culture as a international education.
Work Volunteers will help mandarin farming (It is the main work!! Harvesting, taking care of trees, cutting grass etc., it depend on season! Especially, Nov. to April. is hard!!), support local youth club (If you have chance), and create new activities to animate the town.
Location In the edge of Sata Peninsula, surrounded by the sea, so fishing is also famous. There are only 30 houses in this community. The climate is relatively warm though it can be cold in winter.
The nearest airport is Matsuyama airport. From Matsuyama to the meeting point, 2.5 hours by bus. As it takes long time from the nearest airport to the meeting point, t's better to arrive at Kansai international airport one day before the workcamp. Volunteer can leave the campsite after 14:00 on the last day.
Accommodation Share room (male and female are separated) at the volunteer’s house. It is traditional Japanese style house. Volunteers cook by themselves.
Recruitment information

▼ Recruitment information

Voices of planners and participants It was a big two weeks for me. I grew up in the city and had a big and warm heart that I couldn't imagine, and I felt the warmth of people for the first time when I called such a place as my hometown. I couldn't stop crying because the last see-off was too painful, but when I heard the words "Welcome" and "I'm going", I realized that it wasn't goodbye but a new departure. I will be back in my hometown again!
Other activities Join the local events, many opportunities to learn the local wisdom, etc. Sightseeing, short trip (hot springs, famous places here).
Other [Kikuya Blog]
【IMPORTANT】 In order to participate, it is mandatory to have a pre-quarantine at a hotel in Matsuyama City or Niihama City and a PCR test at a hospital in the city from February 25th (Thursday) to 27th (Friday). (* Hotel arrangements, accommodation fees, and inspection fees are borne by the local government and co-sponsored organizations.) [Application deadline January 25, 2021 (Monday)] * For reporting participant information to medical institutions.
Requirement High motivation to learn and speak Japanese language, to work hard. Respect for the local cultures and way of the local organization. Interests in agriculture. Be ready that work is for quite a long and hard.
Charm * You can eat the best citrus fruits in Japan!
*Get in touch with Japanese farming sites!
Total cost
What is included in the participation fee

Participation fee (domestic) (Click to see table for details *Japanese only.)

《Free for Accommodation and Food》
The venue usually provides free transportation and equipment necessary for accommodation, meals and work during the participation period. Please do not assume that you will be provided with accommodation and meals for the amount you paid.

What is NOT included in the participation fee

Transportation expenses

Due to meeting and breaking up at the venue, you will need to use a train, bus, or plane to reach the meeting place by yourself.
Tickets will be arranged by yourself.

Other personal expenses

○ Free travel expenses before / after participation(Fee for transportation, food, accommodation, admission materials, etc. There is a big difference depending on the person.)
○Expenses for free time during the participation period(Fee for transportation, sweets, alchol drinks, souvenirs, admission, etc. Usually it is about several thousand yen.)