Your services are needed

Many groups are asking for volunteers in limited or large numbers on a regular basis. Many groups on the organizations page are looking for people to help in both the offices and in the field. Below are just a few examples but contact any of the other organizations directly for more information.

We all can do something to help but we do not all need to go up there to make a difference. Since winter has come and rebuilding has started we need many volunteers to be part of the recovery projects. Although interest has waned we will need volunteers over the next 3 to 10 years. Volunteer tips

Below are just some of the ways you can help out!

Blood donation information from one of my readers posted here.


VOLUNTEER with Second Harvest Japan .
If you are fluent in Japanese, and want to help with material preparations, please call the office and see when and what needs there are. this will vary but they need people to help go through the boxes that come in and then inventory and arrange packages to send out. You will probably not be sent to Tohoku (unless you really want to drive and know the region well.)
Please call Second Harvest Japan in advance Phone: 03-3838-3827
For those who live outside Japan: Monetary donations are more efficient than sending food resources from outside Japan. You can donate money here:

Volunteering with Peace Boat
Peace Boat still has volunteers going up everyone week and has biweekly volunteer leader trainings.
The basic conditions for volunteers will be as follows:
1. Able to cover at least part of the costs of transportation, accommodation, meals.
2. Able to join a compulsory orientation prior to departure in Tokyo
3. Volunteers to go to affected areas must be able to go for at least 1 week
People meeting these conditions should send an email with the following information to pbglobal[a]
○ Name
○ Age
○ Gender
○ Address
○ Telephone Number
○ Email address

Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan has a listing of weekly volunteer buses from various spots all over Japan. Find out more:
Tasukeai Japan Japanese site: Tasukeai Japan facebook page:

JEARS Japan EQ Animal Rescue and Support
Need people in Tokyo that are at bilingual (Japanese/English).  Or at least an English speaker that is good at Japanese, or visaversa. That said, we need other Tokyo based errands:

Japanese government website on volunteering.

Foreign Volunteers Japan – FUJ Even though you know I hate the word “foreign” (I am not Japanese but Japan is not a foreign country to me) I would like to promote them as they are a good entry point for volunteers with limited Japanese skills. Many nonJapanese want to know what to do and there is a lot of nice info here:


5 responses to “Volunteering

  1. dipstar

    March 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Hi please check this for updates for organised prefectural volunteer efforts.

  2. Camellia

    March 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Free Japanese-English Translations for Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami Relief
    Facebook group of professional J-E translators who will translate documents for NGOs pro bono.

    Japan Guide Consortium
    Group mobilizing volunteer interpreters to assist relief efforts.

    If you hear from NGOs and other aid agencies in need of translation/interpreting support, please refer them to the above resources.

  3. Anna Benedict

    March 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for this site! I’m working as receptionist with CRASH Japan, and I wanted to have a website to refer to our callers if their vision for what they wanted to do didn’t quite fit in with CRASH’s vision and plan. This is a VERY helpful site. Great work. Thanks, guys.

  4. Emergency Essentials

    April 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I really liked your blog! It helped me alot…

  5. Dhruba

    January 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I am looking for interested ok English speaking volunteers from Japan to work with children and women living with HIV/aids. Medical background if possible . Thank you


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