What is ICYE JAPAN?
ICYE JAPAN was established in 1958 and is a not-for profit organization. It is a national committee of the ICYE Federation that has a head office in Berlin and national offices in over 30 different countries.
The main objective of ICYE JAPAN is to provide young people an opportunity to travel abroad, volunteering and get involved in projects that have a positive impact not only on society but on their life and perspectives.
With this mutual cultural volunteer exchange program, the organization seeks to strengthen friendly relationships between the countries participating in the programs and prepare individuals for the present day world society: independent, more open minded, with multi language skills, and more cultural comprehensive.
Also ICYE JAPAN accepts people from other countries to assist in social and environment projects in different parts of Japan, giving them an opportunity to interact with Japanese people and culture.
Incoming Volunteer from Denmark:
The six months I have spent at Kyodogakusha Shintoku Farm have been some of the best in my life. I have learned many things, and befriended many people. Today was my last day at work, and I’m being honest when I say I almost started crying. When I leave this place, I leave with more than I came with. My baggage will be filled – not only with lots of cheese, new clothes, and gifts – but also new knowledge of language and culture. I have been able to create a network in Japan, and I will come back and travel and visit these people many times through my life, I’m sure.
Outgoing Volunteer to UK:
In our care home, my work place, “be independent” is the goal of all the disabled residents. Indirect support is important. Supporting eating is a good example. We should just provide support for them to eat, not feed them easily. Supporting too directly can get in the way of them being independent. For that, the foreign volunteers can work well because they also need to be supported. For example, if they are not good at the local language, those around them have to support their language. It is the same as well in my case. All my disabled residents support my English and I also support them to do something. This relationship is equal. To give people with disabilities opportunities to be the supporters and not the support targets means we can engage in our volunteer activity without hurting the pride of the people who need to be supported.