The Land of the Rising Sun is made up of over 3000 islands of which Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are the four largest. Japan is highly advanced technologically and in many ways is very westernised, yet simultaneously it retains a strong sense of traditional culture. It is full of history, wonderful temples and beautiful, mountainous countryside and volunteers find Japan an incredibly clean and organised country. There are so many opportunities for volunteers to get involved, to learn Japanese and to travel.
Caring placements will involve working in Leonard Cheshire Homes and homes for the elderly as well as in centres dedicated to the care of those with disabilities. Volunteers form strong relationships with the people they help to care for and their help is greatly valued by both the staff and patients.
The Japanese emphasise the benefits of a stimulating, interesting environment and there is always much activity to motivate the residents including day trips, cookery, arts and crafts or drama.Our volunteers are always warmly welcomed and valued. There is also the option of working in a community care centre where volunteers will play with young children, talk to the elderly and make friends with adolescents at the centre.
Minimum age: 18
Departs: March, Sept
Duration: 6 months
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is usually in apartments close to the hospital or care home where you are volunteering. Meals are provided on site and most placements provide pocket money. Additional pocket money can be earned by teaching English to staff.