Volunteer With Us

Interested? We’re always looking for more volunteers!

Our ideal person would be someone passionate about international exchange, about learning about Japan (especially the Japanese countryside) and willing to teach others about their cultures too!

You don’t have to speak fluent Japanese, or be an amazing chef – we’ll help you out with all you need!

What we ask of you:

From May 2019, we’re running 2 restaurants during the week and we’d like to you help out at both. We run Azae Tea House on a Tuesday, from 10am-9pm, and Pizza Borsalino on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to 10pm. If you want to arrive before then, we run both restaurants at the same time, so we’ll ask you to help out at one of them for both nights instead.

These are long days, which include setting up shop, food preparation and cooking, serving it to our customers and chatting to them, clearing tables, washing up and clean up afterwards. On Tuesdays, we’ll also have a meeting at Azae Tea House together to decide the menus for the following week. But we aim to keep it as fun as possible, and we provide lunch & dinner for the shift at Azae, and dinner at Pizza Borsalino as well as drinks.

MonTuesWedThursFriSatSun
Azae Tea
House
Pizza
Borsalino
Pizza
Borsalino
10:00-21:0017:00-22:00 17:00-22:00
*+ meeting(14:30~ prep)

We would also really appreciate people willing to help us spread the word on SNS – we’ll share any posts you make, and are willing to work together on things too!

We’re also currently looking for someone to run & manage the share house/our staff for a few months, if you’re here on a working holiday visa and want to come and live in the countryside for a while, please speak to us!

What We Provide

We’ll provide accommodation for a week at our International Share House Terasu. The share house is in Hokubo, Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, and can sleep up to 12 with 4 private rooms and 2 dormitories with 4 beds each (divided into female and male). The share house has fast WiFi, a shared kitchen, washing machine, bathroom and garden, where if you’re into growing your own fruit & veg – feel free!
The share house also has bikes you can borrow for free to get around, and for our volunteers our car is also available so long as you hold a valid International Drivers Permit or equivalent – although gas is not included.

We also provide staple foods at the share house – rice, pasta, bread etc to help keep you fed, alongside your meals at your shifts (and if there are left overs we can’t reuse at the restaurants, you’ll get to take those home, too).

You’ll get to experience the true Japanese countryside, with nothing but fields and mountains for days around you, and get to know the locals through getting together and sharing meals together in the share house!

Minimum stay is a week, but we welcome long-term guests!

If this sounds like something you want to go, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We’re available through email, through Facebook or Instagram or through HelpX/ World Packers too.