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080226__low Village Development in Niigata: Volunteers Needed for Snow Busters!!
~Many challenges facing the villagers in Iketani, Niigata~

Activity Information:
It has been four years since the earthquake hit the village. 4 families out of 6 families in the Iketani village are elderly people, and therefore the village faces the threat of depopulation. Despite this, the elderly are engaging in village revitalization efforts with huge energy. Since 2005, JEN has aided the busy farming season and recruited volunteers to assist towards their recovery. During the winter season, we are seeking volunteers to visit the area and help clear the snow. We need your support!

080213__low Schedule:
There will be three sessions for Snow Busters.
(1st) January 23rd ’09 – January 25th ’09 (3 days and 2 nights) 
(2nd) February 6th ’09 – February 8th ’09 (3 days and 2 nights)
(3rd) February 20th ’09 – February 22nd ’09 (3 days and 2 nights)

Please keep in mind that…
¨ The activities may vary with the changes in the weather and other conditions.
¨ Please bear the cost of the transportation on your own.
¨ You are welcome to join by car. (helping to drive other participants is welcomed)

080311__low Accommodation:
Home stay at houses in the village of Iketani, Niigata

Number of Participants needed:
10 volunteers

3 days and 2 nights = \6,000 ( 4 meals )
*Dinner will not be provided for the night of first day

What to bring:
¨ Waterproof gloves
¨ Long boots
¨ Outfit for cold weather (waterproof)
¨ Towels
¨ Change of clothes
¨ Copy of insurance card
* Please inform us if you need to borrow long boots.

Deadline of Application: Until spaces are filled

080129__low How to Apply:
1. Download an 「application_form_2007_emily_edition.pdf」をダウンロード  from here JEN website, and send the filled form to us via FAX or by mail or through an e-mail info@jen-npo.org.
2. We will then inform you where to make your payment
3. After we confirm your payment, your application is determined

Assembly Time:19:30 of the starting date at Tokamachi Station, Hokuhoku Line, West Gate
Timetable of Hokuhoku Line

080129_low Departure Time: 12:00 of the final day at Tokamachi Station, Hokuhoku Line, West Exist

* If you are travelling by car, please park in the parking area of the West or East exit and meet us at the Hokuhoku Line’s gate.

JEN Headquarters Tokyo Office, Handa or Fukuda

* This project is cooperated with Tokamachi-shi regional development executive committee.

Further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at


December 15, 2008 in Niigata |