Hello again from Ishinomaki. Today I thought I’d share photos of life in the It’s Not Just Mud volunteer house.
It’s very much communal living here, with around 20 volunteers staying in two neighbouring Japanese style houses. It’s been amazing to get to know volunteers from Japan, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand and the US in just a few short days.
Some people are short term volunteers like me, while other have been here for a month to a year.
I had the pleasure of working with two deaf Japanese ladies and their sign language interpreter. My Japanese is pretty basic and involves a lot of gesturing anyway, so it was really fun to learn the official hand signs for the Japanese words I already know. Such lovely, lovely people.
Finally, this is the loo! Very nice and clean. I’ve been so impressed by the lack of hierarchy here. Everyone simply pulls their weight to pitch in with chores, keep the house clean and work hard and with enthusiasm on all volunteering jobs.
If you would like to donate to ItsNotJustMud and their great work, please follow this link – http://www.justgiving.com/insidejapantours-ishinomaki
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