Volunteering in Japan: Children's Homes and Opportunities for Non-Japanese Speakers

Have you ever thought about getting involved and making a difference somehow? Working for a cause? Or just helping people (or animals)? And now you're in Japan, perhaps wondering what your options are.

There are, of course, many, many non-profit organizations in Japan, but not all of them accept volunteers who don't speak Japanese.

I've listed some options in last week's Lifelines column, and also took a look at getting involved with children's homes (orphanages) in Japan and how that works.

And by all means, let me know if you know of other options that should be mentioned! Thanks!

From baby massage to fostering pets, many options for volunteers | Japan Times

Local orphanages may be best bet for volunteers | Japan Times

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