CULTURE AND HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE (MTV2) /OKAYAMA
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
You will be frequently asked to introduce yourself to local people especially in cultural exchanges settings. Please be prepared and enjoy that exposure. You are expected to have a good relationship with their host family. Therefore, helping housework actively and refraining yourself from going out at night are appreciated.
- Code : CIEEJ1720
- Dispo : / 1F (Total Part 3)
- Langue du Projet : JAP / ENG
- Age : 18 - 25
Minnade Shoei is a local group in Okayama prefecture to support the foundation of new organization in Mimasaka area. They are working to improve civic activities and facilitate collaboration and networking among different organizations. Most membership organizations belong to environment, child care or community support section to solve ongoing social problems. They started STV project with CIEE Japan 20 years ago and started MTV last year. The host organization expects this project to stimulate the community and accelerate the international communication and cultural exchange among Japanese and international volunteer members.
Many preparations in local festivals, doing agricultural work, attending culture exchange events. In Nagi city, volunteers help some manual work at local commercial stores such as caf, Soba restaurant, beef production, U 1/2 oy shop, fruit shop. Some activities are involved with local children. Nagi area (Youtube video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kG_-sEgbfMt=29
Accommodation: Each volunteer will stay separately in a local host familyaeuros house. Volunteers should follow house rules such as aeurooeCurfewaeuro at 6:00 PM every day. Facilities: Bedding will be provided. There are a washer, a kitchen, a lavatory and a bathroom. Internet may not be available depending on the family. Please always ask your host family when you use, a washer or a kitchen, etc. You may need to do the laundry by yourself or your laundry will be washed together with familyaeuros and be asked to help with it. Please be flexible and helpful. Meals: Three meals a day will be provided. A volunteer who has an allergy (or preference) in wheat, meat or fish can not be accepted because those are often served in a Japanese meal and a family does not prepare meals by individual request. A volunteer is also expected to eat rice, miso soup, fish (sometimes raw) as well as meat (chicken, pork and beef) on a daily basis without any problem
Mimasaka-city (http://kanko.city.mimasaka.lg.jp/ ) is famous for beautiful landscapes and hot springs. The most notable sightseeing spot is the birthplace of Musashi Miyamoto (15841645), the strongest swords man handling two swords at the same time. Hayashino Station is located about one and half hours by train (JR Kishin line) from Himeji city in Hyogo prefecture. Their landmark Himeji Castle was designated as a national treasure in 1931, and the World Cultural Heritage in 1993.
1. Japanese language (conversational level) is required (we will check the level on the motivation letter) 2. Every volunteer must be able to ride on a bicycle for 5 km (sometimes up to 20 km) a day. A volunteer is expected to be physical strong and tough under the strong summer sunlight. 3. No volunteer is accepted if he/she has a strong allergy in cats, dogs or house dust 4. It is required that volunteers should prepare and bring things you can perform/display at an international exchange event. Pictures, CD, books, magazines, toys, games or snacks of your country are suggested. You can have your own booth, display them and give presentation about your country at this event. Also, please bring home countriesaeuro recipes and ingredients. 20 more people will come to enjoy this event with International volunteer5. A couple is not allowed at all. We accept one volunteer from each organization6. A motivation letter (more than 10 sentences long) is required. Please include your interest, motivation, experience and strength of yourself both in English and Japanese. Clothes suitable for activities, such as T-shirts, pants, and sneakers. Long-sleeved shirts and a hat/cap, sun glasses are a must. In addition to clothing, please bring toiletries, towels, raincoat, medicine (for cold, painkiller) and other things you need for your daily life.Rain boots are needed only those who foot is over 10 inchRegarding the schedule on Sundays, please ask your host family if they have any plan made for the day before you make your own schedules. Keep in mind that you are strongly expected to spend time with your host family on weekends. Please do not make any plan with your friends on weekends without agreeing with your host family in advance. A volunteer needs at least 30,000 JPY in cash if she wants to go sightseeing on free-day.
In 1965 CIEE established an office in Tokyo. As part of the Exchanges division, it promotes a great number of international educational exchange programs. In 1989, CIEE Japan opened an office in the Kyoto International Community House, a primary base of international exchange in the Kansai area. The Fukuoka Office, which serves Southern Japan, opened in 2002. Over the last 40 years, CIEE Japan has developed a wide variety of programs and services for students and teachers at the secondary through university levels and for related constituencies.
Since 1981, CIEE has been working closely with Educational Testing Service (ETS) of the United States on administration of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) and acts as a regional representative in Japan for various ETS products and services.