Learn/practice Japanese and help out around our international hostel in Japan

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  • Description

    Description

    Located in the famous Dogo hot-spring area, our Guesthouse is a unique budget accommodation run by an international couple. We are a spacious, chill guesthouse on the edge of a very interesting medium sized Japanese city that has one of the best castles, and the oldest onsen (Japanese spa) in Japan. The guesthouse is run by us! an international (Japanese\American) couple who love traveling and meeting travelers from around the world. Our guests are from all over the world- we are about 30-40% Japanese and the rest are from everywhere; Europe, Asia, South America, etc...

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    Pretty much, we need help with cleaning, 5 days a week from 10:30am to about 1:30pm, sometimes less, sometimes a bit more. Also, one day each week we will ask our volunteer to help us with something else; a live music event, a food party, some sort of big clean or helping out at reception.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Japanese, some Spanish and French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Staff room that will be private or shared with 1 other staff member of the same gender. It is a spacious, Japanese style room (tatami/futon) with access to a balcony for washing and drying clothes.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Matsuyama is in the center of a huge cultural area of Shikoku. There are mountains (amazing hikes, pilgrimage trails), islands, beautiful historical villages, island biking, art collectives all in a city of about 500,000 people, so there is always something going on from festivals, to live music/art to parades and cultural events. It is on the JR line, so easy easy to get around and Matsuyama is a very bikable city (bikes are available) and there is also a very retro tram line. We have been open for 5 years and have had many amazing volunteer staff, quite a few of them have come back; Matsuyama is just a lovely city and Dogo is a very nice area.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Great opportunity to learn/practice Japanese (or English for that matter!). There is a large cultural center very near us that has private Japanese classes for almost free. Matsuyama has taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) zazen (Buddhist meditation), flower arrangement, yoga, pottery just about anything you can think of. Our guests are from all over the world so there are always interesting people to talk to and learn from. Our guesthouse has a lot of common space, so our guests are usually relaxing in our 1st floor or on our large roof terrace.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 2-3 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week.


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