MSAJ will be organising a volunteer trip to Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture on 6th-7th October (depart on 5th Oct, Friday night, return on 8th Oct, Monday morning approx 6 am).

First of all, we would like to thank Singapore Students’ Association in Japan (SSAJ) for providing the required information and allowing us to use the materials of their own volunteer trip back in June 2012. It was a very meaningful trip and the EXCO of Malaysian Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) has decided to organize a similar one to create a platform for Malaysians in Japan, to provide continuing support to disaster-stricken town of Otsuchi.

Participation is open to ALL Malaysians in Japan, however, students will be prioritized if number of registered participants exceeds the limit. The cost of participation is as followed, which includes bus transport, accommodation, food and volunteer insurance.

  1.  MSAJ Member           →   JPY 10,000 
  2.  Non-MSAJ Member  →   JPY 12,000 

**The final confirmed cost would be updated later

The core organising team for this project is made up of the EXCO of MSAJ and a few of us have had experiences volunteering in Otsuchi with SSAJ back in June 2012.

Common fears:

  • Volunteering in these places might not be safe due to earthquake/tsunami
  • Worries about radiation
  • Unsure of where to start (Let MSAJ lead you)

For answers to these questions, please refer to our FAQ

Now, we are taking away these worries and providing you with a platform to volunteer. We think this project is necessary because the enthusiasm for volunteering in Tohoku has tapered off and reconstruction has been relatively slow in Otsuchi. There is a critical need to engage and retain young volunteers. The recovery effort includes, but is not limited to, cleaning up beaches and rivers, in the hope that these places will be safe for tourists, and that the tourism industry can restart as soon as possible.

Registration will close once we reach 40 participants (inclusive of organizing committee members) or on 31st August 2012 Friday, 2359 hours, whichever is earlier.

So if you are interested in lending a helping hand to Japan, click HERE  to sign up now!

More information about this trip please refer HERE !!