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Nursery school playtime in Kyoto-shi, Japan

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionThis house in Kyoto was created as a way to help support animal rescue in Japan. We contribute to animal welfare in Kyoto, in Japan and abroad. We are in partnership with an animal shelter in Tokyo.

    This house is NOT an animal shelter but we ask all our volunteers to be animal lovers :)
  • LocationJapan, Kyoto, Kyoto

  • Work
  • Type of work Animal care
    Babysitting / Childcare
    Charity work
    Help in the house
  • Hours per day 5 hours a day, 5 days a week based on the needs of the weekly schedule.
    Usually the schedule is Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm, but it can vary.
    Flexibility is required.
    Volunteers have two days off a week, preferably on weekend
  • Work requirements: LIFE IN COMMUNITY:

    Being use to life in community is a plus, keeping the Volunteer house clean is essential. Doing your dishes and your laundry is not optional and keeping your belonging in your room as well. Cleaning of the house is shared among volunteers. If the work is not done, volunteers may be asked to leave.
    The house is considered as a "public" space as anyone is welcome to come and visit the program. Please think of the image you will be giving.

    Due to the nature of the volunteer work, we require a 1 MONTH minimum time commitment from all volunteers. We also welcome enquiries from people looking for longer placements, who might want to spend a few months or more in Kyoto.

    We very much welcome couples as volunteers but you must be flexible and aware that you may be working different shift patterns to each other and that you will share the bedroom with other volunteers. We do not have any double bed, so you will have to share a single bed of sleep in two different beds. You will, however, have your days off together.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: We are now looking for volunteers from July 22nd, do not apply for any anterior dates
  • Duration of stay: Minimum 1 month
  • Maximum number of helpers: 6
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English
  • Has pets? From time to time the volunteer house has rescue pets living there until we can find them a permanent home.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: LOCATION:

    Volunteers live in a two storey house, in a traditional Japanese neighborhood. The volunteer house is located in Uzumasa, about a 15 min walk south from the Myoshin-ji Temple. The neighborhood is beautiful and old. We are very lucky to be able to house foreigners in the neighborhood, and must be very respectful of the community space/customs here.


    All volunteers live under the same roof, which is great for communal cooking and film watching. There are 8 beds split across two rooms.
    We have a small number of bicycles that are available for use for the volunteers. As Kyoto is a very flat city, many attractions are a short bike ride away (temples, onsens, flea markets, a cinema district, City Hall, Gion district, and more). There are also many nearby places to by local produce, as well as a few big grocery markets.
    Wifi, bikes, laundry detergent, cleaning products, towels and bedding all provided.
  • Additional info
  • Kyoto is a great city with lots of ancient places to visit: temples, castle, imperial villas & palace. There are 3 must-see places in Kyoto:
    - Fushimi Inari: shinto shrine with thousands of orange torii gates
    - Arashiyama: monkey mountains, bamboo grove, Temple with beautiful garden
    - Kiyomizu-dera Temple: wonderful temple, great local district

    We offer accommodation to ALL our volunteers and also some basic food such as rice, pasta and condiments (salt, pepper, oil, soy sauce); cleaning products, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc... We do not provide animal products (as we are vegan) or vegetables. Please understand that because food is delivered only once a month, it can happen that we run out of something.
    The volunteers have to cook for themselves, but we will sometimes organise events due to the season (barbecue in summer, halloween party, Christmas dinner, ...)

    If you do not have enough money to afford to pay your food, our program might not be suitable for you.