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Peace Culture Village and Eco Farm Summer Internship in Hiroshima, Japan

Location: Hiroshima, Japan

Duration: May 20 – August 9, 2018

Costs: (Funding is available. Please inquire with WC Peace Resource Center!) Airfare +$200.00/month for lodging, food. (Transportation within Japan, personal items to be provided by the intern.)

Description:

Peace-Culture-VillageThank you for your interest in interning with PEAC this summer at Peace Culture Village (PCV), our Hiroshima campus!

Peace Culture Village (https://www.peacinstitute.org/peace_culture_village) is a Japanese nonprofit, international eco-village, organic farm, and experiential peace training camp in Hiroshima, Japan that cultivates peace as a way of life. The devastating consequences of war are visible around the world, but even in Hiroshima, there is little discussion of how human hearts, minds, conversations, and social/economic/political systems have to change if we hope to create a culture of peace. PCV is working to fill this gap by providing hands-on, skills-based training. Because we believe that peace among humans and peace with nature are equal requirements, our training focuses on imparting conflict resolution and environmentally sustainable living skills.

PCV interns will become a part of our community. They work with our team of villagers and join us in our day-to-day tasks. An average day will include working on the organic farm and facilities projects, posting to PCV and PEAC social media channels, staffing the English café and attending meetings in the community. During this internship, they will assist and attend major community events, including the fabulous Gion and Obon Matsuris.

A day at PCV begins at 7:30 am with community work (the community will work together on farm, facilities, and housekeeping tasks). At 8:30 am, we eat breakfast as a community. Once a week, we have a staff meeting and clean the house together. All community members take turns preparing meals for the community.

Internship programs can be customized depending on the skills and interests of the applicant, but here are some of the opportunities we can offer:

  • Participation in the agricultural cycle—planting and maintaining fields according to Japanese organic agricultural methods.
  • Site visits to surrounding farms including Cow Bell Farm, Oheso, Kyoseian, and Ikeda Cattle Ranch
  • A one-week stay in Hiroshima City, in partnership with the World Friendship Center, a Quaker guesthouse
  • Participate in the Japan Council Against A & H Bomb’s Peace March
  • Attend the Gensuikyo World Conference Against A & H Bombs, the largest anti-nuclear weapons conference in the world
  • Attend the August 6th Memorial Ceremony in the Peace Park and the lantern ceremony that evening
  • Hear atomic bombing survivor testimony, and get a tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Park
  • Day trips to popular tourist destinations like Miyajima Island and the beautiful port city of Onomichi, Japan.
  • Help prepare and implement camps
  • Receive foundational Japanese-language instruction

For more information contact prc@wilmington.edu

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