This week's entry is about an interesting volunteer organization based up in Ishinomaki.
The group is called ON THE ROAD with FRIENDS. They are a Japanese NPO that seems to fall somewhere between Peace Boat and ALL HANDS in regards to their operational structure, and how they manage their volunteer teams. Before taking up the Tohoku cause, ON THE ROAD had set up school building, charity and food distribution projects in India and Jamaica, and their experience shows in how they've managed to set-up and scale-up their operations in Ishinomaki.
Here is a YouTube video detailing some of the work that ON THE ROAD has been doing:
Their webpage is up at: http://saigaishien.jp/ (for a regularly updated Japanese version) and http://saigaishien.jp/en/ (for the less-updated English version.)
- Please apply via e-mail after reading the volunteer application guide below and agreeing to it. As we have to have some dialog by e-mail, apply with a margin of several days before your departure.
- After arrangements by the administrative office, we will report the duration when you can participate, guide for the volunteer activities, how to access the site, and other information via an e-mail within 24 hours. Please take a good look at it.
- Please make arrangements for transportation by yourself, and let us know the arrival date and time via e-mail.
- When you arrive at the site, you will start the volunteer activities after receiving an orientation and signing a letter of intent.
*Depending on the situation in the disaster area, the period may be extended.
Though there is no limitation to the number of days of participation, the persons who can participate for longer periods are prioritized in principle.
First, apply with the information on the dates you want to participate.
After adjustment, we will inform you about the dates you can participate via e-mail.
*In addition, clerical work, jobs related to the operation of the volunteer village, and other tasks.
For further details on how to apply, including the contact email address, please visit their English page directly, at http://saigaishien.jp/en/