Monday, August 01, 2011

August 2011 events and news

There are not so many events this month but there are many opportunities to volunteer in Tohoku. See below. Also I have recently updated my Japan Volunteers site and would like more up to date information for the Fall. You can send me information to this address or directly on the page you want the info added to by using the comment box.

Please be sure to share info on the events you know about. Send your event info to me by the 20th of this month to get in the next mailing.

If you would like to have your organization included FEW Community Service Directory please input your information here:

Please pass on the info below to anyone whom you think might be interested.  

Best Regards,

Please confirm event details with the coordinating organizations.


Tuesday and Wednesday August 2 – 3, 2011 9:30am ~ 3:00pm

Charity Film Screening

Venue: Shimokitazawa Tollywood
Tickets: 500 yen per film (2 films shown per day)
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Friday August 5 18:30~
FCCJ dinner-concert
Table tickets: 
Single 9,335, Group 8,445 each, 4-event subscription 33,000 includes priority seating & VIP benefits
3-course traditional Spanish dinner + Cash bar
For more information please contact
Phone (03) 3588 0738 fax (03) 3588 0731

Saturday August 6 10-5:00 @ TUJ
(1-hour lunch break)
Grant proposal writing for NGOs
This workshop is for anyone who would like to learn how to write a project based grant proposal. It is aimed at people with an interested in nonprofits or social issues.
Application deadline: Aug 1
To sign up, please contact 
Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:

Sunday August 14 3:00-6:00
Lecture by Cindy Sheehan on the topic of activism
Okubo Chiiki Center2-12-7 Okubo, Shinjuku City (Ph.) 3209-3961
Details will be updated on the facebook page:
The event is being organized by the Zenkokku Ippan Tokyo General Union (Tozen).

Wednesday Aug. 17 17:00~
20th Anniversary Festival dinner-concert @ InterContinental Yokohama Grand (Minato-Mirai)
Table tickets:  Single 18,000, Couple 32,000
4-course festival French dinner + Open bar
Fireworks on the terrace overlooking Yokohama Bay
For more information please contact
Hhone (03) 3588 0738 fax (03) 3588 0731

Saturdays August  20 and 27th 10:00 – 14:30@ TITP (30-minute lunch break)
Introduction to advocacy    
This workshop is for anyone who would like to learn more about what advocacy is and techniques involved in successful advocacy activity. 
Application deadline: August 10
To sign up, contact
Saturday August 20th (Sat), 2011 9:00am ~ 12:30pm

NPO EarthlySoul Charity Event: Play In, Learn From and Appreciate the Ocean in Odaiba

Venue: Odaiba Beach
Tickets: 2,000 yen per child
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Saturday, Sept 3, 10:00-12:00
Temple University Japan Continuing Education Dept. Open House (in English)
Courses start Sept 20
Deadline for applications: Sept 12
NGO Mgt program courses offered: NGO English, Current social issues in Japan, NGO legal issues and more!
Location and Venue access: TUJ Azabu Hall
For more information contact: Tel: 03-5441-9864, E-mail:
To register or for more information visit the website:

September 3rd/4th (Sat/Sun), 2011

Shine On! Fuji Climb

Starting Place: Mt Fuji's 5th Station
Cost: 10,000 yen per person (includes t-shirt, accommodation and two meals)
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Saturday Sept 10, 13:00- 15:00
Tsuda International Training Program: Open house/information sessions (in English and Japanese)
Classes in international development issues, project mgt and writing for NGOs   (All courses are run in English but information on program is in Japanese only.)
Courses start Sept 24
Deadline for applications: Sept 17

last 3 weekends of September, 10:00am ~ 11:30am (90 minutes)

Yoga in the Park

Venue: Yoyogi Park, Shibuya-ku, T0kyo
Cost: 1,000 yen per person
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Friday September 30 (Fri), 2011 6:00pm ~ 9:30pm

White Hot Extravaganza

Venue: Grand Hyatt Tokyo
Cost: 30,000 yen per person
Organized by the Tyler Foundation

Heads up! Future events
Nov 12-13 National Volunteer Festival in Tokyo
Sponsored by TVAC

Polaris Project Japan, Program Officer
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Degree Preferred: MA; BA required
Complete details

Multi Cultural Center Tokyo has one open position currently: Education support program staff
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am ~ 9pm (usually 3 nights per week), contract initially until March 2012 

Lots of Jobs, internship and volunteer opportunities are found on the JANIC site

For all information related to Tohoku Disaster related volunteering, monetary and materials donations – please visit my Blogs. My regular blog or the new site I created on March 14. If you have any information that would be good to share, please send it to me in Japanese or English. I hope we can make a difference together as we help support those who suffered and start the rebuilding process.

Recruiting Tohoku Volunteers (August 26-29)
Four months have passed since the disaster. Habitat Japan has been involved in clean-ups of the debris and mud, demolition, and organizing the evacuees' belongings. To respond to the persisting local needs, Habitat Japan has decided to continue working with volunteers in August and onwards.

Recruiting Global Village Volunteers 2011
Habitat's house building volunteer program, The Global Village, is now open for spring team and individual volunteer sign-ups! No construction skills or experience needed, participants can join or lead team. Have an exceptional learning experience along side with the local families! Details: The Global Village Program: Past Leaders' Reports


HPC is now accepting applications for Asian Participants
HPC has started to accept applications from Asian participants to "the Program for Human Resource Development in Asia for Peacebuilding" commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) in JFY 2011. The Program in JFY 2011 welcomes 15 Asian participants to the Primary Course.
The Primary Course is designed to provide practical knowledge and skills for peacebuilding activities through the Coursework and, if applicable, the Overseas Attachment. The Course consists of the Coursework in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan, which will be held from 19 January 2012 for the period of 6 weeks. A few Asian participants may be allowed to join "the Overseas Attachment" as UNV volunteers at various field offices of international organizations throughout the world, if they pass the screening of UNV. 15 Japanese and 15 participants from other Asian countries are expected to participate in the Course.
Application Deadline> 5:00pm in Japan time, October 19, 2011
*Those from the following Asian countries are able to apply for this program: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Laos, Malaysia, Mongol, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.