• Japan
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Year Round
Host Family
Travel Type
Family Solo Women


Price Details
Volunteer abroad costs will vary, depending on a number of factors. Please visit the United Planet website for fee details.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare Airport Transfers Some Meals Visa
Oct 18, 2022
Sep 07, 2019
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About Program

Volunteers and interns are needed in Japan to work with a variety of local organizations. You can choose programs that appeal to you, including working with children, environmental sustainability programs, and cultural education.

As a volunteer with United Planet you are making a real impact on a global scale and helping to foster cross-cultural understanding.

United Planet is a nonprofit with a mission that transcends simply sending volunteers into countries to complete tasks. Our volunteers create life-long relationships that sow seeds of understanding and peace. Volunteer candidates will enjoy an experience that is fun, safe, and help them gain new skills and perspectives.

We work to make the planning, travel, arrival, orientation, and ongoing experience easy for you. Please contact our team and we will work with you!

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Program Highlights

  • Volunteers will have an opportunity to assist in local artisan’s workshop, where artists make traditional drums known as "taiko", confectionairies, and handicrafts using techniques firing.
  • There is no language requirement to volunteer in Japan.
  • Volunteers receive 4 hours of Japanese lessons with the opportunity to add more.
  • Lodging at a local homestay, two home-cooked meals per day, welcome and farewell dinners, tour of Okazaki City

Program Impact

As a volunteer in Japan, you can choose between working with children in a local kindergarten, assisting a tea plantation throughout the entire tea-making process, or volunteering with a local artisan’s workshop to make drums, candies, and other handicrafts.

Popular Programs

Working With Children

As a volunteer in Japan, those working with children will work in a local kindergarten, junior high or after school program. Your tasks as a volunteer include teaching English and other subjects, organizing games and activities, and helping with daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning.

Available Dates: Quests start every Saturday, year-round
Stay Time: 1-12 weeks

Culture and Education

As a volunteer learning about the culture and education of Japan, you will learn about handicrafts and their techniques by assisting at a local artisan's shop. There you will learn about drum-making, fabric-dying, bonsai and woodworking.

Available Dates: Quests start every Saturday, year-round
Stay Time: 1-12 weeks

Environmental Sustainability

As a volunteer helping to make the environment better in Japan, you will learn about the tea-making process. As a worker in a local tea plantation, you will learn about tea farming and the cultivation of tea leaves as well as processing and packaging.

Available Dates: Quests start every Saturday, year-round
Stay Time: 1 week


United Planet Service Scholarships

Several scholarships are available for those looking to volunteer for a short or long-term period abroad with the non-profit organization United Planet, who work with communities in over 35 countries around the world.

$250 - $5,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

The best moth of my life

Really I thought just being in Japan was enough to make my heart beat, but not only that was amazing there where the people I meet and the family's I stayed with. I have traveled a lot in my life and this was my first time traveling alone, I was scared but the overall feeling of being able to be apart of this adventure just made me so happy. My host family's where so kind that I felt welcomed and reassured. Nothing about my experience was not fun, even when I missed my stop at like midnight and had to take a very expensive taxi back home. Now I only laugh about it, what can I do about it. It's now a story I can tell my friends over dinner.
The food there was the best for me, it comes in small portions but there are so many different dishes.

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Questions & Answers

Hi Donnette, Family volunteering is a possibility in certain countries such as Peru and Romania where you can provide service in a childcare facility that your 6 year old can also engage in. Please reach out to quest@unitedplanet.org for more information. Thanks for your question! Best wishes, The United Planet Team

Hi Vyacheslav, yes! You are welcome to take part in this program with another person. We will work to place you in the same project, accommodations, activities, etc. Each additional person also receives 10% off with our friends and family discount ! Please email us at quest@unitedplanet.org if you have any more questions.