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Aussie Beef

Aussie Beef

*Written by Jamie El-Banna The day started quite differently to others, as I had the morning off. I had stuff to do in the afternoon, but was free in the morning. I opted to spend my free time catching up on emails, listening to some beats and enjoying the breeze […]

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Time to plant those seeds.

Time to plant those seeds.

* Entry written by Dru Taylor Dave Enright, who held a fundraiser and bought this tractor, posing with his son after a job well done. I dont normally write stuff like this but this story is lovely. A couple of weeks ago we put an advert up in the BCCJ […]

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Announcing the FVJ Community Forums

Announcing the FVJ Community Forums

 I’d like to take this opportunity to announce the Foreign Volunteers Community Forums. Although created by Max Hodges a little while ago, I have to admit that I’ve been a little slow on the ball to promote and encourage discussion on the Forums.  Although most of the FVJ discussions have […]

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Saving up for a Tractor for Minamisanriku.

Saving up for a Tractor for Minamisanriku.

 Foreign Volunteers Japan member, and regular contributor to the disaster relief efforts in Minamisanriku, Dru Taylor has spotted a great find. He says that he’s “trying to buy this tractor or something similar so we can get people growing their own fruit and veg in and around Minamisanriku with OGA […]

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Back to Rikuzentakata

Back to Rikuzentakata

* Written by Rob Keyworth  Rikuzentakata in mid-May a photo by Foreign Volunteers Japan on Flickr. Well, it’s been nearly two months since our last trip north and today Andy and I took advantage of the last day of the JR special pass and headed north to Tohoku. It was […]

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NPO: ON THE ROAD with FRIENDS- Looking for volunteers

NPO: ON THE ROAD with FRIENDS- Looking for volunteers

The volunteer rate up in Tohoku has fallen quite dramatically following Golden Week. That was expected of course, but the sharp decline has left some serious manpower shortages for various projects. During Golden Week (May 2nd-8th) there were 54,100 volunteers up in Tohoku, yet only 24,100 volunteers for the week […]

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55% of donations not reaching victims in Japan

55% of donations not reaching victims in Japan

Less than half of the more than 80 billion yen in disaster-relief donations already sent to prefectures affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami has reached the hands of people waiting for urgently needed cash to rebuild their shattered lives, it has been learned. Although a committee tasked with […]

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Volunteering — Safety Precautions

Volunteering — Safety Precautions

Got a call from Damian Penston this morning, who is concerned that many groups doing clean-up work in the affected areas may not be conscious of health risks associated with asbestos and other contaminants they are likely to be exposed to if working near destroyed buildings, etc. This is a […]

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Charity Futsal Cup

Charity Futsal Cup

5-A-Side Charity Football, Friday June 10th with all proceeds going to Foreign Volunteers Japan to support the Tohoku Relief Effort. Tournament hosted and sponsored by IFG Asia Limited and Footniks. Date : Friday June 10th from 6pm – 10pm Venue : Think Park Futsal Court, Osaki Station. Near Footniks in […]

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Volunteering in Iwanuma

Volunteering in Iwanuma

Here is some more specific information about volunteering in Iwanuma, where our team spent a week clearing mud during Golden Week. The Iwanuma VC is very welcoming to international volunteers and there were staff members who spoke some English. Here is the essential volunteering information and FAQ (scroll down for […]

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