Volunteer work in exchange for free Accommodation (Hirakatashi)

Portugal

5

Staying at the school was great! I am actually staying one more month :) The hours are fair and the environment is very chill. Until now it's been a calm place, there's not a lot going on, but it's close to the school and Kyoto, so there's always something to do if you want! Everyone is friendly and welcoming, I even made some friends 😊

3 months ago

Switzerland

5

The school was my first worldpackers experience and I had a great time. I worked two hours a day cleaning the house, and was free to spend the rest of my time however I pleased (e.g. exploring the Kansai area). The staff and residents are really kind and helpful and made me feel at home. The town itself is comparatively smaller, but gives good insight/helps to immerse oneself in japanese culture and there is always something to do, as my new friends would invite me to things or show me around. I highly recommend the experience! Thanks for having me :)

5 months ago

Mexico

5

The school is a great choice for travelers looking to discover Kansai. The work is easy, a simple two-hour task, the atmosphere is nice, and the Japanese students living there are really friendly. The staff was great too. Plus, it's conveniently located between Kyoto and downtown the school. Highly recommended!

7 months ago

United States

5

My time at the school was an unforgettable experience. As others said, the work is incredibly easy. The residents living there already pick up after themselves, so you're essentially just keeping the house clean a couple hours a day by vacuuming, wiping surfaces, and just small general cleaning tasks. Then I spent my third hour each day writing about my day on social media, whether about my adventures in Japan or interactions with the residents. The residents/my new friends would often invite me out to dinner or events with them, which made my time even better. Thank you!!

9 months ago


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Feel free to come back in the near future. Cheers

United States

5

This was one of my most relaxing experiences in Japan with just the perfect local vibe. The Work is very REASONABLE. Bill asked us to do basic house keeping for 1 hour during the weekdays and for the rest of the time we worked on side projects to benefit the house. The house is a great conduit to speak with natives and the international residents .They make you feel at home and connected to Hirakatashi.

10 months ago

United States

5

The school is the perfect place for a traveller looking to discover the Kansai area! The work is super easy compared to other experiences. Bc there was 2 of us, it was just cleaning for 1 hour and then an individualized project/yard work to complete the rest of the 15 required hours on our own time. While I was there, the language school wasn't busy, so we did not need to help out there, but during peak school season, you might!! The location is residential, but it's perfect if you're looking to explore bc it's central between Kyoto and downtown the school. Super comfortable space and highly recommend!!!

10 months ago

Germany

5

I had an incredible and unforgettable time at the school. The place is very welcoming and cozy and the people are simply amazing. I had one of the best times of my life and can't wait to go back!

11 months ago

Germany

5

Our time at the school was very nice.The host gave us a very nice and comfortable room.The people who are living there are also very friendly and welcoming,you can meet lots of students from all over the world.The tasks were also really easy and the schedule is flexible.I would totally recommend this experience to anyone :)

over 1 year ago

United Kingdom

4

The school has a fun and friendly atmosphere, and is a good opportunity to chat to Japanese people hoping to practise their English. The work, consisting of cleaning, is easy and the hours are respected. The location is great - you can explore both the school and Kyoto very easily! The house is quite quiet at the moment due to Covid, which is to be expected, but I would love to come back in future when the situation has improved!

almost 2 years ago

Mexico

5

The school is a great experience I personally felt at home outside of home. All the guest are amazing people to meet and they all have great attitude. Hosts are amazing they really allowed you to get involved with the english teaching/practicing activities and are open and supportive to any iniciative. Thanks Katie, Arata, Bill and Johnson for the great organization at the place. The tasks here are very fair and enjoyable. Hirakata city is a great pleace to meet the daily Japanese lifestyle.

almost 4 years ago

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