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Volunteer Information Session

2017.02.28

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We need your support! Join our team and help us reach out to as many youths as possible. Interested, but don’t know where to start? Please join our info session to find out more!

Date: Tuesday, March 28th
Time: 19:00-20:30
Venue: Takanawa City Center in Shirokane Takanawa
Access Information: Right outside of Shirokane-Takanawa Station Exit #1 on the Nanboku and Mita lines
Cost::Free of Charge!

Register HERE

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VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR at NPO Mirai no Mori

2017.02.16

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VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR at NPO Mirai no Mori

The volunteer coordinator works with relevant committees to develop and implement a strategic volunteer management system that meets Mirai no Mori needs. The coordinator also is responsible for recruiting, scheduling, managing and acknowledging volunteers from diverse group with both English and Japanese speakers.

Those who believe in the power of nature, who are keen on mentoring youth, and who would like to commit to our mission are welcome!

Responsibilities:

• Proactively assess the needs of each committee:

 Camp team
 Program development
 Fundraising
 Communications
 Admin

• Develop a strategic volunteer management system
• Recruit volunteers
• Monitor and evaluate volunteers

Compensation: Transportation costs, 850 JPY per hour ~

Dates, Days, Time: Two days per week, starting from March 1, 2017 for 3 months ~

Location: Mirai no Mori Office and wherever volunteers work

Qualifications: Good organizational skills, good writing and research skills, hard working, computer skills, an interest in the work we do, able to work independently and take initiative

Language and communication skills:

• Native English and conversational-level Japanese
• Native Japanese and conversational-level English

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested! info@mirai-no-mori.jp

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Big things have been happening for Mirai no Mori this year!

2017.02.14

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Last month we moved into our new office, and since then we have had new interns join our team. It’s a great way to kick start our growth, and we still have more plans and projects in the works that will help us to keep going. It’s thanks to our supporters that we’ve come this far, so please continue to support us however you can, and we can help even more children in the coming years. Watch as we change and evolve, and remember to look over the annual report for 2016 to see all the progress we made last year as well!

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Wood Workshop – Our Own Chopsticks as a Keepsake

2017.02.07

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On a sunny day on November 20th, we welcomed 20 children, 4 careworkers, and 17 corporate volunteers to beautiful Mitake. The day started with little ice breaker games, followed by “Nature Art.” All the teams were very creative and presented their works in front of everyone in English!
In the afternoon, all the participants made their own chopsticks. Some became really sharp and smooth, others became a bit rough but unique in shape. We received a feedback from a care worker from children’s home saying that some children are keeping their chopsticks in their drawer since they don’t want to ruin them! But some are enjoying their food with their precious chopsticks that they made with us. All the children had a great time interacting with corporate volunteers as positive role models, and Mirai no Mori sincerely hope that we have planted the seed and spark in the youth for them to become more confident and happy young adults.
One of the key elements for this Back to Nature program is to create an ongoing relationship with the children. Please stay tuned for the February 18th report from another Back to Nature report… the theme is Art this time!

Volunteer voices –

Q. What was the most rewarding aspect of being a volunteer for the program?
“Being able to crack a little bit their distrust wall.”
“Hearing the children asking when will it be the next time.”
“To know that at least we are planting a little seed of hope in them even if we cannot see it in some of them.”
“It was wonderful watching all the children and corporate volunteers interact and become effective teams.”

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