Please see the below FAQs for answers to questions you may have in regards to ICC and its services.
What kind work would I possibly be doing?
What is a good size for a team?
Is transportation provided?
Is it helpful if I know Japanese?
How do we get to Ishinomaki?
Where do volunteers live?
What is the accommodation fee?
Are there sheets and towels?
Are there showers?
Is there wifi?
What if I have food allergies?
What should we wear?
Do you accept non-Christian volunteers?
Do you accept minors?
What if I want to bring children? Is there anything for them to do?
How far is Ishinomaki from Fukushima?
Is Radiation a problem in Ishinomaki?
Is it safe in Ishinomaki?
How far is the ICC base from the ocean?
Are there tsunami warnings?
Need travel insurance?
How can I help if I can’t physically come?
- What kind work would I possibly be doing?
- Please refer to the various volunteer projects page. After you go through the application process and have been approved to come ICC staff will be in contact with more specifics to your work.
- What is a good size for a team?
- A good-sized team is anywhere between 4 to 7(this way you can fit in one car). A bigger team is between 8 to 15. We recommend the first size team as you are able to be more mobile.
- Is transportation provided?
- ICC staff is for the most part able to transport the volunteers wherever is necessary. However, if you are over age 26 we recommend getting an international driver’s permit and it would help with your mobility for the volunteer projects. You will only be asked to drive if a staff member is not available.
- Is it helpful if I know Japanese?
- YES! But not absolutely necessary, as time goes on work available for a non speaking Japanese team is not as easily attainable. If you are willing to serve in any way needed then you are more than welcome.
- How do we get to Ishinomaki?
- Easiest way is to get to Sendai Station via train or bus and then catching a hour and half bus to Ishinomaki Station. Please see the bus guide to find the bus stop in which you follow to reach to Ishinomaki Station where a friendly ICC staff will pick you up. Please arrange all travel to and from Ishinomaki.
- Where do volunteers live?
- We currently rent a house that is the base for ICC. The women/men quarters are separate. Women live upstairs and men live in a large US Army style tent in back of the house.
Everyone sleeps in bunk beds. We are sorry we cant accommodate couple housing.
- What is the accommodation fee?
- ¥2,000 per person per night. Tuesday-Saturday breakfast and dinner are provided. Sunday and Monday’s is the staff off days. You are welcome to use the kitchen during the off days to cook your meals.
- Are there sheets and towels?
- Yes. If possible please bring your own towel.
- Are there showers?
- There is one shower that everyone uses as well as the option for onsen, which is a 10 minute drive. http://ameblo.jp/genkinoyu/
- Is there wifi?
- Yes. And it’s free.
- What if I have food allergies?
- Please let ICC staff know ahead a time of any food allergies you or others on your team may have. We are very understanding of food allergies and will look out for you the best we can.
- What should we wear?
- Please refer to the packing list for information on this. Please bear in the mind the season that you will be volunteering. Living accommodations do not necessarily differ from the outside temperature.
- Do you accept non-Christian volunteers?
- Yes, ICC welcomes all people. We are open about our beliefs but do not require you to have the same beliefs as well.
- Do you accept minors?
- If they are accompanied by a parent or guardian yes we will.
- What if I want to bring children? Is there anything for them to do?
- We definitely encourage families to come as it is a great opportunity to connect with young families in the area. However we cannot guarantee work fitting the ages of your children. However, if you are flexible ICC will do its best to find a good fit of ministry for you and your family.
- How far is Ishinomaki from Fukushima?
- 64.8 miles or 104.29 kilometers.
- Is Radiation a problem in Ishinomaki?
- Is it safe in Ishinomaki?
- Ishinomaki is incredibly safe.
- How far is the ICC base from the ocean?
- 1 km
- Are there tsunami warnings?
- Sometimes. There is a evacuation route and plan in place. During each orientation this is explain in detailed to those staying and working with ICC.
- Need travel insurance?
- One of our partnering American mission agencies offers great travel insurance for a good price. We highly recommend using them. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with them.
- How can I help if I can’t physically come?
- Pray! Please check the prayer request page for specific prayer requests. Give! There are always a need for financial gifts to support different projects like the Liberty Music Project, Ishinomaki Gospel Festival, community outreach events and the running of ICC. Please contact admin for information. Send!