Recent News: A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan on March 11 (JST). To find out the latest information and potential volunteering opportunities, check out the Google Crisis Response and ReliefWeb.
Organizations around the World are assessing the situation on the ground, evaluating the humanitarian and reconstruction needs, and subsequently formulating plans (or not) for projects in the country. We will be searching for the latest volunteering opportunities and displaying them once they become available. If you know of any opportunities, please let us know so projects on the ground can fufill their manpower requirements and support the vital work that is needed to reconstruct communities devastated by the earthquake and tsunami - scarring the Japanese psyche.
Update (31/03/2011): All Hands Volunteers have today announced Project Tohuku, in Japan, as a response to the recent earthquake and tsunami. They will soon be looking for volunteers - if you want to support this project in any way (including via donations), check out their announcement page. All Hands will target your donations to the cause of your choice. Without excessive administrative and backroom costs and volunteers working for free, they have low running costs, so the people of Japan will feel the effect of every penny of generosity you show.
Update (17/04/2011): All Hands Volunteers are welcoming inquiries and application for international volunteers. Please check out the latest information and how to apply here.
1) The Alliance of EVS Organisations
(http://www.alliance-network.eu/) - An international ngo representing national organisations with the promotion of intercultural education, understanding and peace through voluntary service. Each member organisation runs an annual programme of international volunteer projects, which involves volunteer exchanges between group projects, predominantly in Europe.