Sunday, May 8, 2011

All Hands Tohoku Project: Hiring Volunteers from May 11th to 17th

I’ve been up in Ofunato, Iwate for the last two weeks with the All Hands Tohoku Project. I haven’t done many posts about the experience yet, because the group had hit full capacity for their volunteer projects through to the end of the month.
However, All Hands Tohoku Project is now recruiting 10 volunteers for the period of May 11th through May 17th.

All Hands Tohoku Project Volunteers working at a box factory hit by the tsunami.

After having worked with them for the last two weeks up here in Ofunato and Rikuzen-Takata, I really have to convey deep appreciation for the amazing work that they have been doing, and highly recommend volunteering with them.
The core focus of their current project involves individual recovery projects focused on local businesses, individual homes, schools and even local government facilities that had been badly damaged by the tsunami. Much of this work involves debris removal, shoveling tsunami sludge, using ropes and pulleys to remove cars that were deposited in strange locations, using carpentry tools to remove floor boards in traditional Japanese homes so that the  tsunami sludge can dry out safely, and then using buckets and shovels to clear out that sludge.
There are many more projects underway.
I’ll post much more information tomorrow,
But please consider applying ASAP if any of the above is of interest to you.

Here is a detailed PDF of the All Hands Tohoku outline:
The application form has been taken offline (since the original capacity of volunteers has been filled – In order to apply, please send an email to

including the following details:
1)   Your name
2)   When you would be able to volunteer (ideally between May 11th to 17th)
(People who can only volunteer for a couple days of this will also be considered.)
3)   Your travel plans, and probably arrival time.
4) Where you heard about this opening/How you heard about All Hands. 
Further details will be included in a reply email from All Hands: Project Tohoku.
All Hands volunteers during Golden Week
For Japanese volunteers: 

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