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Japan Volunteer Quests
Volunteer in Japan
What makes a United Planet Short-term Quest unique?
United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100% cultural immersion experiences. United Planet Quest programs run year-round and are available to individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels and nationalities. We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories.
All Quests include:
- Flexible start dates
- Personalized attention from Coordinator
- Local home stays or on-site lodging options
Volunteer in Japan, a country where the past and future meet! With a unique culture and a 1,200 year history, Japan is filled with ancient ruins, castles, temples and shrines. Visitors to Japan can experience the Japanese tea ceremony, ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arranging), Judo (a type of martial art), Zazen meditation and more, but also explore modern Japan, a land of karaoke, sushi on conveyor belts, and one of the strongest economies in the world.
However, despite its abundance of cultural and historical riches, Japan is struggling. On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake; within minutes, a 33-foot high tsunami hit northeastern Japan -- sweeping away infrastructure (bridges, railroads, pipelines), destroying homes, and killing thousands. The situation was complicated by a nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
Volunteers may choose to volunteer in Tokyo or Hiroshima where the programs offer an interesting and meaningful range of volunteer projects, an opportunity to discover authentic Japanese culture, and immerse with the people.
Volunteer Opportunities in Japan: 12 Weeks
What's Included and Program Details
Quest Program Briefs
Working with People with Disabillities Quest
These eco-friendly communities are home to adults with various mental and physical disabilities. The community has recycling workshops, a community cafe, vegetable garden, and a chicken farm. Volunteers will assist in the agriculture, handcraft, bakery, weaving, knitting, pottery, and recycling. In addition to assisting the residents in overcoming social limitations and becoming self-reliant, volunteers are encouraged to participate in cultural activities. Volunteers will either live in the community or with a host family.
Working with the Elderly and People with Disablilities Quest
This project allows volunteers the opportunity to work at several different social work venues at once. The project works with the elderly, a day care center for disabled individuals, and a nursing home for children. Volunteers will be asked to assist with life-enhancing activities, such as simply walking around the neighborhood, cooking or cleaning in a patient's home, and planning activities. In addition to these tasks, volunteers are encouraged to share their culture with others through various activities. Volunteers will likely be placed in a host family.
Working with Young Adults Quest
Minimum Stay: 12 weeks (enroll at least 4 months in advance)
Volunteers needed: Start in February and September only
Requirements: At least 18 years old, high level of Japanese language skills, previous international travel experience recommended
Based in Chiba, this is a community of young adults who are trying to restart their lives. The community supports young adults who have difficulties relating to family, mental issues, social life, and others. The aim is for the young adults to overcome their limitations and become self-reliant. Volunteers are asked to work at the cafe, restaurant, nursing home, bakery, kindergarten, or assist with PC support. In addition to the daily tasks, cultural exchange is encouraged through activities. This project features on-site lodging.
Three Easy Steps to Apply
Questions about applying?
Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help! We'd love to talk to you. Email or call 1-800-292-2316.
Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).
Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!
- Refer someone who participates in a Short- or Long-term Quest and you will receive 10% off your total Short-term Quest program fee or 5% off your total Long-term Quest program fee.
- Participate in 2 Quests and receive 10% off one of your Short-term Quest program fees.