Be a Nursery School Playtime and Animal Care volunteer


The Exchange

Our program focuses on community outreach and funding support for our animal shelter in Tokyo. Tasks are: go to the local kindergarten or nursery to interact with children in order to offer positive international experiences and support animal welfare activities.


Title

25 hours of help per week

Child Care: Help look after, educate and instruct children.

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.


What you get

2 days off per week

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Bikes at your disposal: You can use our bikes any time you want.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Requirements

Intermediate English

Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

We are NOT a shelter. We often host a few rescued animals waiting to be adopted or take part in rescue or sterilization support activities. We take care of community cats and we make sure they have food and water and a warm place to stay during winter. Taking care of the pets is everyone's duty. If you have allergy or if animal welfare is not something you are interested in, this is not a place for you. We are also looking for help with promoting the organisation on social media (publishing pictures and videos, making posters, writing articles) and finding potential adopters. Volunteers may be asked to go out to check on or rescue some animals.


Activities & Shift

We volunteer in two different schools in the neighbourhood: a Nursery school and a Kindergarten.
Volunteers are asked to play with children and help the teachers in their daily tasks. Japanese children are respectful, independent and playful. They are now used to seeing volunteers coming to their classroom. Speaking Japanese is not mandatory, but it requires some efforts to reach out to the children and bond.
Please also note that these schools are not international schools, so the teachers do not speak very good English. Communication can therefore be difficult sometimes, so extra effort must be made.
The goal of this partnership is to get Japanese kids more comfortable with being around and interacting with foreigners, as well as to allow foreigners visiting Japan to learn a bit more about Japanese culture and way of education.


Rules

Because you will be working with children, the following rules must be followed :

- Please take care to exhibit appropriate behavior if interacting physically with children
- Do NOT put any photos of children on social media or the internet.
- Please don’t smoke, use drugs, or consume alcohol on the organization’s grounds
- Always have another adult present if you are bathing the children or in the children’s bathroom
- Please don’t take children outside the organization without permission
- Please interact with children only in the public spaces (such as classrooms, the yard or the library)
- Please don’t show favoritism to any individual child or give excessive gifts to the children
- Please don’t give money to children
- Always inform local staff if you witness or suspect inappropriate behavior by other staff, or children
- Please don’t use any physical force (such as slapping)