If you want teamwork outside your body and mind, this is it! Teamwork in a magnificent satoyama!

International Workcamp  Akame 1(Mie) 3/8~3/18

Work camp information
Code NICE-21-0308A
Project Name Akame 1
Location Kami-mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture
Period 3/8~3/18
Type 環境・農業
Volunteers 8 members
Background This project is actively working for SDGs 15 (Life on Land), organized together with "Akame no SATOYAMA wo Sodateru kai", a local environmental organization for conservation of SATOYAMA forest working in Nabari city since 1999. Because this area is relatively close to the big cities between Osaka and Nagoya, there were plans to build a golf field and a disposal center. However, the local people stopped those plans by collecting donations and buying the land. SATOYAMA needs to be maintained by humans for its biodiversity and water adjustment function. Our ancestors had protected and utilized the forest in an ecological and sustainable way, which has been neglected by modernization at many places in Japan. *Outcome of this workcamp: Over the last 20 years, 30 ha of SATOYAMA forest has been maintained by the previous volunteers. Please see the presentation of the camp leader for the IVS contest in Japan; https://www.slideshare.net/nice-workcamp/w55 (only Japanese for the moment, but you can at least enjoy the pictures!).
Work You will cut down trees in the forest and carry them out so that SATOYAMA forest receives enough amount of sun light and will be kept in the healthy condition for biodiversity. You sometimes need to use blades and machineries under the supervision. Work is quite hard from morning to evening even if it’s not so heavy rain. You may take care of free-range raised chickens and slaughter old enough chickens for eating by themselves as well. You sometimes work with mentally/physically challenged people who work at the same place.
Location Workcamp is held in Kami-mitani area, Nabari city, Mie prefecture, about 60 km from Osaka. There are famous falls nearby that many hikers visit.
The nearest airport is Kansai (Osaka) or Nagoya (Chubu Centrair). To the meeting point, it will take about 2-3 hours by train from the both airports above. Volunteers need to arrive at the airport by 10:00 on 1st day and can leave there after 14:00 on the last day.
Accommodation Volunteers will stay in a regular Japanese house. Meals will be cooked by volunteers by turns. Sleeping bag is NO need. Depends on the amount of work and consideration for the environment, volunteers may take a shower once every two days. Water might be only cold.
Recruitment information

▼ Recruitment information

Voices of planners and participants The red-eye work camp had some harsh scenes, such as carrying trees, climbing steep mountain slopes, and handling birds, but all of them are unique experiences that make me think and learn a lot. 2 It's been a week. Although it has a tough side, it considers and accepts the growth of participants and young people. I think that what I learned with red eyes and what I learned from seeing it greatly broadened my thinking in the future.
Other activities Hiking, opportunity communicate with local people, etc.
Requirement Strong motivation and physical strength are highly needed.
Charm * You can contribute to forest conservation in Japan!
* You can train your mind and body with hard work!
Other If you are considering participating, please be sure to check here! http://www.nice1.gr.jp/Akame_info/
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.)