September Journal

Week 1: September 23 to 28

Volunteer introduces himself at the courtesy call

On September 23, the second programme of 'JOCA-AUC Volunteer Collaboration Programme' has started with welcoming 7 former member of African Union Commission Youth Volunteer Corps as partners to work on recovery support in affected area of Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011.

Attended at the orientation started from September 23 and they paid a courtesy visit to a member of House of Representatives, Tokyo-based diplomats, officers at  Ministry of Foregin Affairs of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

On 26 September, they visited the headquarters of Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA), which implements this programme with African Union Commission. Since JOCA is consisted of former volunteers for overseas. Each of them has experience in volunteering, so they deepened exchanges in frendly atomosphere.

Second batch members

Introduce themselves at JOCA headquarters


After their 'mission' in Tokyo, they all head to north, Tono-city, Iwate prefecture, by bullet train 'Shinkansen' with their programme coordinators, on September 26. Soon after arriving in Tono, on 28, they were spotted at paddy field of JOCA's 'Model Project for Revitalisation and Reconstruction' for rice harvesting with local people, project staff and former members of Japanese volunteer for overseas.

Arriving at Tono station, Iwate

Chatting with former members of Japanese volunteer for overseas


Week 2: September 29 to October 5

Japanese training

As they volunteer in Japan, learning some phrases of Japanese language is essential. So they were given language training for 8 days from Shiho Matsuno, a former Japanese teacher volunteer for China.

From October 4, they changed their accommodation from hotel to homestay.

Yet their Japanese language level is not enough just after 8 days training, they seemed to be so nervous on the first day. Against coordinator's anxiety, they showed up with big smile: no need to ask, they had wounderful time with their host families.

Tono-city is located on the mountain side. Ahed of the 3.11 disaster, the city prepared worked as a logistic support base of disaster relief for tsunami pummeled coastal area. Volunteers leant the role of city's disaster relief,  during the training.


Courtesy visit to Mayor of Tono, Mr. Toshiaki Honda

Digging local delicacy,  mutton barbecue


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