Help us in the morning and explore the Japanese countryside in the afternoon!

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The experience

We run a log house business, so the main tasks are housekeeping (clean the rooms and shared areas [onsen, toilets, main building]), gardening (wood chopping, grass cutting, road sweeping) and other occasional tasks (painting, Karcher...).

Help: 9~10 am (after check-out) to ~2 pm, 2 days off.
Accommodation is a shared cottage for 4 people.


What you offer

20 hours of help per week

Cleaning: Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

Housekeeping: Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.

Gardening: Help grow plants and cultivate gardens


What you get

2 days off per week

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

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

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

Language lessons: Take free language classes at our place.

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

Fast Internet Access: High-speed internet for you to work remotely


Requirements

Beginner English or Intermediate Japanese

Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers


What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa


Program Details

Our resort is located about 1.5 hours west of Kochi City and is the head water area of Shimanto River. Shimanto river is running through Kochi Pref, and famous for being the most beautiful river in Japan. In our property, a small river is flowing through and 11 cottages stand on this river. In our main building, we have onsen and guest rooms upstairs.
Since March 2017, we also welcome volunteers in this resort and over 180 helpers had stayed here and enjoyed working, fishing, cooking and so on.

Of course, this is designed for the accommodation, therefore we have to look after our guests as the first priority. Moreover, the majority of the guest is Japanese. However, we are getting more and more international guests as well now.


Activities & Shift

We want to increase the opportunity for helpers to enjoy this "Meeting place" in this beautiful rural area. Our management team is not perfect and may not always seem as attentive as you wish it would be as the business demands their complete attention. We usually have about 2 volunteer helpers at a time (up to 3 during peak season, so you can always have a chance to get acquainted with people from other countries).


Rules

Although we welcome any nationalities and ages, families and small children may not be suitable for this place.
Also, Japanese standard for the hospitality industry is relatively high and require more tensed and focused attitude for the tasks. We don't want you to work too long or to overwork but please focus on your job when you work, and enjoy rural life while you are here.