At Work in Japan
We arrived in Japan last week and are getting settled as volunteers at the Asian Rural Institute (aka ARI). I'll have plenty more to say about ARI over the next 2 months but first I wanted to share a bit about the people that make up the ARI community. There are 29 participants from 16 countries who spend roughly 9 months at the ARI campus learning skills in sustainable agriculture and community leadership. Many of the participants are either pastors or are supported by faith communities. You can read about each participant here: Class of 2012 | Asian Rural Institute
In addition to the participants, there are several longer term volunteers like us as well as a permanent staff of teachers, farmers, and administrators. We have received a warm welcome here and look forward to our work and forming relationships with the people of this community.