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Nozawa, Nishiaizu
All Year: Except Winter
Area (ha):
Persons: Up to 5 people
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 86213
Country: Japan

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Last Updated: November 17, 2019

--Introduction--
We are a community founded in 2016, based in the beautiful countryside of Japan. Our project consists of a few major parts; retreats + workshops, organic farming, and a healthy diet. Which all combined boils down to `holistic health` and a `holistic approach`. We try to tackle nature deficit disorder, and we help/encourage people to find their mission in life!

We ask for a small daily contribution as a volunteer, which is smaller the longer you stay (this is because we prefer people who stay for a longer period of time). If you stay with us as a skilled volunteer it is free.

--Help Needed--

Often we are with 3-5 people (plus our daughter), and our project is quite big! We have quite a big space to take care of, as well as our (organic) farm. During the summer we always need extra hands on the farm with harvesting, selling and general care of the plants. We mainly grow melon, tomatoes and pumpkin, but we do have a variety of other vegetables as well. (which we use for cooking)
Besides farm work, the house is a guesthouse and we host retreats and workshops as well. So anything surrounding the guest house and/or retreats (if you are there while one is being hosted) can also be part of the work!


We also have a daughter. She is 2 years old and loves seeing new faces. If you like children we can definitely use help to take care of her during certain hours throughout the week, and on weekends. If you speak any other language besides English, we also do encourage that you speak that to her!

--2019 Volunteer Schedule--
APRIL - 4/4
MAY - 4/5
JUNE - 4/4
JULY - 5/5
AUGUST - 5/5
SEPTEMBER- 5/5
OCTOBER - 3/4
NOVEMBER - 2/4
DECEMBER - 0/4

**** Looking for a few volunteers from today (Nov 17th) till about the 10th of December!
Minimum stay 1 week (instead of 2!) during this period! ****

We do not host volunteers during the months of JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH and from the middle of DECEMBER.

--Accommodation--
If there is enough space you will stay in your own private room, if not; you will share your room or when more volunteers join. We are thinking to maybe put a tent in the garden if there is a lot of people, and this would probably be accommodation for volunteers as well(it might happen for August, September when temperature is good for camping) .

All amenities are shared, like the kitchen and bathroom. But please feel free to use them! We have separate toilets, one for men and one for women. There is free stable Wi-Fi throughout (most of) the house.

When we have volunteers, we cook together and eat together for lunch and dinner. We only cook vegetarian (mostly), and vegan food. For breakfast we often only have a something small. If you enjoy cooking we encourage you to share your skills and knowledge!

When there is guests in the guesthouse (depending on if they want dinner/breakfast) we will prepare that for them as well. And if they are okay with it, we will eat the dinner together with everyone.

--Experience--
We are located in the beautiful countryside of Japan, surrounded by mountains, forests and farms. There is many shrines and temples to explore, as well as beautiful local people.
When you stay with us you can join any retreat or workshop we are hosting at the time- from which you will hopefully learn a lot!

[You can either join as a normal participant, for which you will pay the normal price of the workshop or retreat. But you can also join as a half-volunteer, where you have the responsibility of helping out but pay about half the price. (depends on the occasion)It is also possible to not participate at all, if you prefer that. We will have to discuss about those days beforehand.]

We can teach you about our farming method (no watering at all after planting!), if you are here during the farming season. We also practice Acro Yoga (partner acrobatics) mostly every week, which is definitely a fun experience, even if you have never done anything like it before.

We speak Japanese, English and Dutch. And often guests speak more languages, too! So if you wish to learn anything, feel welcome!

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--Interested?--
Please read our guidelines and apply on our newly updated website!
https://www.danavillage.com/en/volunteer/

*We ask for a small daily (200 yen) contribution as a volunteer!*

Here some more details in case you would really like to come!

~Temperature
If you come during the months of April, May, October, November and December, please bring enough warm clothes! It can be chilly even during the day. We live in an old building, so there's no central heating. This means it can be cold inside the house as well(around 5 degrees in April and November-December) .
We do have a wood-stove and kerosene heaters (we use them conservatively).

May-June, October is the rainy season, as well as the insect season. We are in the Nature, so there will be insects all year around. If you can't bare with insects, this might not be the best place for you.

~Working hours & cooking
We expect about 6 hours of work a day, with 1 day off in a week . We are completely fine with having a few days trip, where you can take a few days off!
We require a minimum stay of 2 weeks, but there are exceptions sometimes.

If you want to work less to have more free time, check the Dana Village Experience Program at the end of this page!

Cooking and eating good/healthy food is important! We enjoy sharing recipes and trying new things. Also, please note that we are basically having vegan (sometimes egg) meals at Dana Village. We donít mind that you eat whatever you like, but be mindful. When we have many volunteers, we might divide the work to shorten the time for cooking.

Things to note; during the warm / hot months we wake up early in the morning! If you are not good with waking up early, these months are not recommended.

We also try to be environmental friendly as much as possible. We use less water, provide tooth paste/soap which doesn't harm the nature. We are happy to have volunteers who understand it and limit to use water, and doesn't use so much artificial items.

~Communication
we love to hear if there's anything you don't understand, before and during your stay! We want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible.

~Dana Village Experience Program
We offer a kind of half-volunteer experience! If you feel like 6~7 hours is too much. You work 3 hours per day and have meals together, but pay 3500 yen per day instead.


Please don't hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions!

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