GMV - Agricultural Volunteer - Japan

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-513479
    • Job Location: Nasushiobara, JPN
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Volunteer
    • Date Updated: October 24, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Global Mission Volunteer


  • Nasushiobara, Japan

Assignment Includes:

  • The Asian Rural Institute (ARI) is an international training center for grassroots leaders. Set on a farm in Japan, participants from rural communities throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific are invited to participate in ARI’s nine month Rural Leaders Training Program in sustainable, organic agriculture, community development and leadership. Volunteers support the functioning of ARI.
  • ARI is located about 200 km north of Tokyo. There is a medium town nearby that can be reached by bicycle. There are also mountains and rivers in the area and vast areas of rice paddy land.
  • Volunteer serve as part of the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) community in a variety of roles including:

Farm Volunteers

ARI maintains a working organic farm on which they produce all the food required for their community. Hands are always needed and greatly appreciated to assist with farm work.

Helpful skills - a positive attitude to hard work

Meal Service

With the harvest from the ARI fields, community meals are prepared 3 times a day. Assistance in the kitchen is always welcome.

Helpful skills - creative and flexible approach to cooking


ARI facilities are aging and there is always something to be repaired. Maintenance volunteers are able to provide a tremendous service.

Helpful skills - carpentry, electrical, plumbing, small engine repair, etc.

Computer Systems

ARI has a computer lab available for use for community members. They also have a server with a network for the office computers and community computers. They welcome assistance with the maintenance and upkeep of our server, network, and computer hardware.

Helpful skills - being a "computer guy/girl"

Office Work

Volunteers are a great help in maintaining an efficient, organized office.

Helpful skills - writing, Japanese/English translation, photography, Microsoft or open office applications, web design, layout and design


Experience and Skills:

  • ARI is 100% community oriented. Volunteers should be open-minded, flexible and ready to share in and contribute to this dynamic international community.
  • The life and work at ARI is rigorous. The days are long and full of activities (daily schedule runs from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm). Volunteers must understand this and be physically and mentally healthy enough to participate.
  • ARI is Christian in inspiration and interfaith in practice, and any volunteer should be open to religious diversity and spiritual reflection.

Terms and Conditions

  • This is a self-funded volunteer position. The Global Mission Volunteers of the ELCA (GMV) program is a ministry that encourages self-funded volunteer service outside the United States. The program manages the matching of short-term, skilled, self-supported volunteers with opportunities to provide extra assistance to mission and ministry programs operated by companion churches and agencies. While not employees, Global Mission Volunteers of the ELCA are understood to be global personnel of the ELCA.

Logistical Information

  • Length of Service: Minimum commitment of two months; 9-12 month volunteers preferred.
  • Housing: Shared dorm rooms with detached bathroom/public shower space
  • Food: All meals are shared and are cooked and served in the kitchen/dining hall. Food may include organic vegetables, meats, eggs and rice.
  • Costs: Volunteers do contribute to meal, lodging and program costs. These costs vary depending on housing accommodations and length of service.
  • Local Transportation: Bicycles are available and bus/train transportation is very good
  • Language: English is the common language at ARI; a free Japanese class is offered once a week at the local community center.


General Qualifications for ELCA Global Personnel

  • Christian faith and a commitment to the mission of the church
  • Openness to various expressions of Christian faith and respect for people of other faiths
  • Respect for beliefs, values and customs of church and culture where assigned
  • Well-developed inter-personal skills demonstrating understanding and compassion
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out the responsibilities and the ability to adapt to different standards and practices
  • Ability to work within the framework of a local administration
  • Adaptable and flexible - sense of humor - good physical and emotional health
  • Live and serve in a way which reflects the vision and expectations of the ELCA