Volunteer in Japan
Joining our volunteer program in Japan provides a unique & worthwhile experience and is a great way to gain new experiences and skill sets while learning about the local culture and people in Japan. GapXperience is a gap year & volunteer company with 15 years of experience and over 200 programs in over 30 countries worldwide. We see volunteering and meaningful travel as an essential part of personal and career development, playing a key role in life and work-related skills. We believe that by volunteering, experiencing, living & working side-by-side with local communities, participants can come away with a greater understanding of the global community and cultural diversity.
about the Volunteering program in Japan
For our programs in Japan you need to arrive on the Sunday before the start date of the program. You will be picked up from the meeting point, see below, and taken to your accommodation. You can join the program from 1 to 4 weeks. Departure day is Saturday of your last week.
Meet one of our transfer coordinators at the Shinjuku bus terminal meeting point below, for info on the limo-bus service from HND airport Bus to Shinjuku Terminal (not included) :
Meeting Point : Shinjuku Bus Terminal (near the 4th floor information desk)
Pickup Time : Sunday 17:00
Start Dates 2019 : 16 September, 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December
Start Dates 2020 : 6 January, 20 January, 3 February, 17 February, 2 March, 16 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 15 June, 6 July, 13 July, 20 July, 27 July, 3 August, 17 August, 7 September, 21 September, 5 October, 19 October, 2 November, 16 November, 7 December, 21 December
Accommodation & Meals
You will stay in a single gender shared room together with other participants in a volunteer accommodation or homestay. There are 3 meals included from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends. See program pages below for more info.
Throughout your stay, you will have the support and guidance of the local coordinator of our partner who will provide you with assistance and help you with any thing that you may need.
On your first day you will start your program with an introduction to the area, accommodation, facilities and a cultural introduction.
Participants need to be 18 years or over to join
You need to have your own travel insurance
Participants must have a clean criminal background check, click here for details
the volunteer projects in japan
You can build your own program on the application form where you can choose which project or experience you want to join and you can also combine different projects & experiences and create your own program!
The volunteering projects that are available in Japan :
Help locals to practice speaking English to foreigners, helping locals get used to interacting with foreigners and for you to learn about their life and culture.
Click here for full details
Otaki Internship Experience
Volunteer and support a local initiative to develop more sustainable tourism.
Click here for full details
Volunteer with local farmers and learn how to plant and harvest crops, protect them from animals and preserve them for winter time.
Click here for full details
in Partnership with The Green Lion
For over 10 years we have worked in close partnership with The Green Lion. They are the world leaders in the field of developing meaningful travel programs according to the principle of XCeLLeC. Our successful partnership for many years has enabled thousands of participants to have an exciting and life-changing experience abroad. Check out their Blog for wonderful stories of participants!
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find an overview of the frequently asked questions about our programs. If you have a question please feel free to contact us.
Are the program fees subject to change?
When you apply, we will email you your acceptance to the program together with a price quotation. When you confirm your booking paying your deposit within one month from the date you applied then your program fee will remain unchanged, even if the fees might change on the website during this time.
What is the average age of participants?
We have participants of different ages. Most are between 17 and 35 years. But we also have participants who are older. The programs are suitable for both younger volunteers and older volunteers.
What is the support like overseas?
We believe our support at our destinations is excellent, just check our testimonials and reviews to see what our customers said. We have full-time staff in each destination. It is their job to set up and coordinate your placement, check out your accommodation, meet you at the airport and provide you with any support you need.
Can I also join my friend or family member?
Yes, you can book any of our programs together with one or more people. We will then organize your program together. Just let us know when you sign up and you will each receive a discount of £35/US$45/AU$60/€40.
Can I participate for a short period?
Yes you can participate from one week (from 2 weeks for some programs). You have a choice of different projects where you can gain a fantastic experience.
How well should my English be?
Anyone who can understand and speak reasonable English and express themselves in English can participate in the program. The level of English of the children you will teach is usually low.
Is travel insurance mandatory?
Yes this is mandatory. You are responsible for yourself if something happens to you abroad. That is why you have to take out travel insurance yourself before you leave.
Will I be picked up from the airport?
Yes, you will be picked up from the airport by the local coordinator. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange this for you.
Can I choose what type of project I want to work at?
Yes you can certainly do that. During your registration you can let us know which project (s) you want to join. You work about 4-5 hours a day, from Monday to Friday. At the weekend you are free to travel or to discover the surroundings.
Are your programs suitable for an internship?
yes that is possible for some projects. In the past we have had several participants who have done our program as an internship. Contact us if you have specific requirements for your internship.
Can I combine different countries?
Yes you can combine different countries. That is a great way for a unique experience of different cultures in one journey.
Can I still travel around after the program?
Yes, you can do this, we have several volunteers who travel around after their program has been done or before their program starts.
Will other volunteers be present on the project?
The number of volunteers can vary depending on the period, the country and the project. We can not guarantee the presence of other volunteers on the project.
Do I have to reserve my flight myself?
Yes you book yourself for your flight. Once you book we will let you know the details of your arrival and then you can book your flight. Let us know your flight details and we will arrange your pickup on arrival.
What to do in case of difficulties on the spot?
In the event of difficulties on the spot, you should first contact the person in charge of the project on site to inform that person about your situation. If the problems persist, contact us so that we can help if needed.
When can I register?
The earlier, the better it is to be certain of your place on a project on the dates of your choice. You can still register up to 4 weeks before departure, we will let you know within 24 hours if the program is still available.
prices of the program in japan
Prices in Pounds
1 week : 745 Pounds
2 weeks : 1195 Pounds
3 weeks : 1635 Pounds
4 weeks : 2165 Pounds
Prices in US$
1 week : 955 US$
2 weeks : 1525 US$
3 weeks : 2095 US$
4 weeks : 2795 US$
Prices in Euro
1 week : 825 Euro
2 weeks : 1335 Euro
3 weeks : 1845 Euro
4 weeks : 2450 Euro
What’s included : Volunteer Program • Airport pickup • Accommodation • Meals • Support • Pre-departure information
Not included : flight, insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses, a 5% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment