We get a lot of emails from people who are visiting Japan, or are looking to come to Japan to volunteer long term in an ‘orphanage’. We are not able to help facilitate this kind of volunteering.
We believe in long term sustainable volunteer projects rather than one-off visits. Children in care have often experienced great disruption in their lives and we aim to help people set up visits to their local institutions where they can continue for at least a year, and expect them to pass on the volunteering project to someone when they leave Japan. One-off volunteer projects often leave volunteers feeling good about themselves but are not always good for the children.
We strongly recommend you check out The Omprakash Foundation for volunteering overseas. They help match your skills and preferences to charities that need the help that you can give.
The Omprakash Foundation