Global Mission Volunteer
- 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:
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
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.
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"
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