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Volunteer Opportunities

Even if you have Japanese language ability, volunteering will transcend the language barrier and promote true internationalization. Try asking at your town/ward office, they often have events and would love you to join. You can teach a cooking class or have English story time at the town library. Think of what you would like to do, the time commitment you would like to make, and your town will be happy to have you become a more active part of the community.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities in the foreign community, visit Rainbow Plaza on the 8F of the IMS building, or Kokusai Hiroba on the 3F of ACROS Fukuoka, both in Tenjin.  You can also visit the Kitakyushu International Association (KIA) in Yahata higashi ward.  It’s about a 10 minute walk from JR Yahata station.  If you read Japanese or can have someone translate, the Fukuoka NPO Center on the 8F of the Seinen Center by the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel in Daimyo has a folder full of groups looking for volunteers. Tel- 092-712-2947.

Deki Machi Park has a volunteer group who serves a hot lunch to the homeless on the last Sunday of every month. You can also drop off used clothes here. Look for the blue tents behind the Nishi Nippon City Bank by Hakata Bus Station. You can leave a message in English for information at 092-843-7224.

Wakabaso Goannai is a facility for orphans and abandoned children which takes donations of toys and school supplies. You can also make arrangements to play with the children if you call ahead. Located on Route 35, the road that goes by Costco; take a left under the bridge just past the gas station/100 Yen Store near CostCo. The orphanage is the white building on your left. You do not have to call beforehand if you are only dropping off donations. Tel 092-976-0171.

The Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention has an international exchange with children in Asia and is looking for volunteers year-round to help with photography, website updating, translation, camp staff, and other duties for a cross-cultural exchange program. Tel 092-734-7700. Web: www.apcc.gr.jp. Email: info@apcc.gr.jp This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Women’s Rights AMIKAS is a group dedicated to increasing internationalization between the world’s women. Tel 092-526-3755.