Volunteer travel to japan

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Systematized Volunteer Guide Groups, or SGG groups, are JNTO-recognized volunteers who organize private tours in various languages and share tips and information that you won’t find in guidebooks.

These guided tours – registered with JNTO – are available in several languages. In the list below, you will find the areas and regions where these volunteer programs are located, as well as contact information.

Tourists can enjoy festivals, sightseeing and shopping in the old town of Morioka with the help of a local resident. You can book your visit with a volunteer guide by email. Contact details are available on the website.

Enjoy the sights and local cuisine of Matsushima with a local volunteer guide. Book your tour by email at least two weeks in advance. Contact details are available on the website.

Most of the solidarity tourists are Japanese who take advantage of their days off to put on a pair of boots and a mask and endure the high temperatures, physical effort and strong smells to help their neighbors to the north, before visiting some of the most beautiful places in the area.

Until it was shaken by the great earthquake in March, the Tohoku area offered visitors a wide variety of natural landscapes, rich gastronomy, castles, waterfalls, beaches and places like Matsushima, a bay with hundreds of islets considered by the Japanese as one of the three most beautiful places in the country.

“Many volunteers are needed for the long term,” said Asa, who emphasized the calmness shown by those affected when recounting their traumatic experiences, such as that of an elderly worker who lost five of his family members and has only been able to recover the body of one of them.

In the province of Miyagi, the most affected and where Sendai and Ishinomaki are located, the dead were 9,383 and the missing 2,283, while more than 73,200 homes were totally destroyed and there are still some 2,850 people in 117 shelters.

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Although ryokan -luxury inns- and minshuku -guest houses- are two of the country’s classic accommodations, if you want to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, there is a third, and increasingly popular, option: staying with a family. While traditional homestays focus on providing excellent service, and less on building relationships, staying with a family is a more relaxed experience, with an emphasis on easy work, camaraderie and cultural exchange. Each family has its own style and way of doing things, but all offer the opportunity to create a meaningful bond with the local people. Also, if money is tight, being able to pay for room and board by volunteering is always a good solution. Not to mention that you can also learn many things, such as growing rice, caring for animals and learning different traditional arts.

Hosts and volunteers can be found through Internet platforms, such as WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), an international organization that connects foreign volunteers with hosts from all over the world. Many of the WWOOF hosts in Japan are located in rural areas, so you will have the opportunity to get close to local microcultures and traditions that foreigners do not usually have access to.

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h. Declaration of no criminal record and willingness to abide by the laws and regulations in force in Japan during the stay, as well as consent to the use of personal data (Appendix D).

*1 In the application form, it is not necessary to complete the section “Reason for travel to Japan” which will be explained in a separate document (see item 4.(1).f), nor the sections “Name and addresses of hotels or persons with whom the applicant intends to stay” which will be explained in Appendix C, nor “Guarantor or guarantor in Japan” or “Inviting person in Japan”.

It is recommended that medical insurance be taken out for the stay in Japan as the employment conditions of this visa as well as the period of employment may be insufficient to obtain the coverage provided by employers or companies. For more information see “Guide to living in Japan”.

Once domiciled in Japan, you must apply for Registration for your stay at a Local Government Office within 14 days. For more information: http://www.soumu.go.jp/main_content/000156364.pdf

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