Japanese Institute for Eco-Agricultural Leadership (ARI)by Vicky Lau

Posted on February 10th, 2009 in Outside Hong Kong by Kate Wade

Dear Kate et all,

Since I’m not sure if I can come in time for your meeting Feb 10 evening, I’d like to write you now about another exciting opportunity for anyone who’s head over heels in eco-movements !

I have been in fact volunteering with my friend to help promote a non-profit institute for worldwide community leaders in regard of eco-farming and related topics.

The institue is in Japan and only accepts community leaders to study their 9-month program each year, or serious volunteers to devote 2 or more months as helpers in their management or farming work. In 2008, they had accepted 30 participants from 15 countries.

My friend is a community leader representative from a small country, who was a former volunteer in this institute, but is now residing in Japan as the country’s offical rep, so she is co-ordinating with me as volunteers to help promote the institute to Chinese people, in the hope to recruiting China leaders so that after graduation, they will benefit China with what they have learned, such as organic farming, nutrition, community leadership, eco education, policies, etc.

We do it because in the history of the institute, there has not been a China mainland student before, except a Chinese participant from HK years ago. Due language problem, we also hope we could do something to help Chinese applicants through the recruitment process. Nevertheless, we would be pleased to invite other nationals to join the programs too, and to offer them any help if they ever need our assistance regarding application for this institute.

The institute’s official website is in English & Japanese.
You can pass my Chinese letter to Chinese people, or invite English natives to read their website :

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Subject: Japanese Institute for Eco-Agricultural Leadership (ARI)

My name is Vicky Lau.
Below is an introduction of a non-profit-making projects which I have been volunteer for, that is related to community leaders of different countries learning Organic Farming and related topics in an exclusive institute in Japan. I hope you will recommend to those interested in in environmental protection and eco-farming, and the best, introduce to any environment-conscious big enterprises or foundations, inviting them to consider offering sponsorships to applicants from China, in the form of scholarships or boarding subsidy, so that the Chinese graduates will ultimate benefit their own country with what they have learned from the institute.
In addition, you can make direct donations to the institute.

This institute of Agricultural Leadership in Japan (ARI), is not a merely a basic agricultural institue, but also includes nutrition, cultural studies, spiritual awareness, leadership skills,
education, etc. Their application requirements are very strict.
I have a Chinese co-ordinator in Japan,originally a small country’s community leader representative, who had once helped in the institute as a volunteer, now now resides in Japan and co-volunteer with me to help promote the project to Chinese people, or any other nationals interested in the institue’s programs.

Full-time program :
1. Applicants should be working in relation to agricultural Leadership or similar capacity
2. The annual intake is in April, a nine-month program with a break in winter due snow, divisions available are agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, animal and poultry farming, etc. and then even fine classifications.
3. Individuals, countries, institutions, or charitable organizations are responsible for the fees of each applicant, however, charitable organizations sponsored applicants will enjoy a much reduced cost.
4. Upon return to their home countries, graduates are expected to a certain extent, to help promote the country’s sustainable agriculture, so that it ultimately benefit the planet we’re living in.
5. Due limited places, and time-consuming selection, applicants are encouraged to submit applications as early as 1-2 years before enrollment. For example, the 2009 intake will begin in Aprilk, but now there are no more available places, and interested applicants may only apply for 2010 or even 2011 intake at this stage.
6. Every year, admissions include various nationalities, color, race, language, and culture, therefore it’s a good opportunity for participants to cross learn a rich variety of community leadership, agricultural knowledge, culture and other aspects of each other’s country. In 2008, there were 30 leaders from 15 countries.

Volunteers program :
1. Open to serious applicants with genuine resolution to contribute to environment protection of their home countries, after academic study and practice in the institute..
2. If you are willing to work as a volunteer for more than two months, the institute will provide free lodging and meals, but only require the applicant to pay his/her own air tickets, local transport, and some minimal misc charges.
3. Participants can apply for volunteer work according to their own interest and capability, such as management or farming posts, etc.
4. Volunteer period can be anytime of the year.
5. The nstitute authority will go through a careful selection process and approve whether accept an applicant or not.

Visa:
1. China, Japan and all countries visa departments operate independently, the College should not be able to interfere with any issue in this matter.
2. The governments might require the applicant to provide a financial proof to accompany their application.

Other:
1. The basic languages used are Japanese and English in general communication.
2. The medium of instruction is basically in English, however life surrounding the institute is mainly Japanese, so basic foundation in both languages do help a lot.
3. Since articipants are from different countries, the classes mostly would include a lot of body language.
4. Since the official website is only in Japanese and English, I and my Japanese co-ordinator is planning to gradually help translate their info into Chinese so that it is accessible to more Chinese people.
5. Please browse the contents of Japanese or English if you can read these languages, otherwise please read my introduction in Chinese, or write me for translation assistance.
The institute’s official website is :
http://www.ari-edu.org/

In the past, there has been only one Chinese graduate from Hong Kong, yet no actual China mainland participants, so we (me and my co-ordinator in Japan), are both enthusiastic to pursue recruitment of true Chinese leaders to the institute, so that they might bring back much eco-friendly agricultural knowledge, and teach their countrymen with other nations leadership techniques and policies, and play a greater influence in making our home planet better, from generation to generation.

In April 2009, there will be the first enrolled student from China to study in this institute, which is really encouraging.

According to Yahoo news, soil erosion in China is as serious as over 1 / 3 surface area of the country (http://hk.news.yahoo.com/article/090129/4/afkt.html). The extent of environment pollution is also witnessed to be severe in growth, so there is definitely a need to train up some Chinese communityl leaders, in the hope to let them bring back their learning to benefit their home country’s agriculture, education, policies, etc. toward the rational development of China and the world, so the habitants are able to enjoy continual natural resources, water resources, health, economy and so on.

Please support this dream and support its realization, thank you !

Vicky
Tel : 6921 1020
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Subject: 日本农业领导学院 (ARI)

我是Vicky Lau.
以下是我义务负责的一个非牟利项目, 给不同国家 community leaders 交流学习的Organic Farming 学院资料,希望你们推荐财给有兴趣环保与农业的人仕,并最好介绍给一些财团首脑,请他们考虑为中国的申请人设立奖助学金,使国家人民最终长远获益.
此外,你们也可以直接捐款给该学院.

日本的农业领导学院 (ARI), 现况如下, 并非是单纯的农业学院,还包含营养,文化,精神意识,领导技巧等教育,要求很严格.
我有一位华人 co-ordinator在日本, 是一个小国的 community leader 代表,曾在该学院当义工, 现与我一起负责帮忙为华人联系这个项目, 若须进一步帮忙, 请給我来信. :

参加课程 :
1. 要求参加者一定在居住地是会担任农业领导的工作
2. 每年四月入学, 为期九个月, 冬季下雪休息, 分农业, 渔业, 牧业, 再细分类.
3. 由个人, 国家, 机构, 或慈善机构负担费用, 慈善机构推举报名者 可减免很多费用.
4. 要证明参加者回国后一定帮助推动本国的可持续农业, 使地球和人类真正获益.
5. 由于名额不多, 选拔需时, 报名者一般等1-2年才能入学, 2009年4月分要开的班都已经额満了, 所以希望有兴趣的各国领导提前报名和预备.
6. 每年入学的都包括很多不同国家,肤色,种族,语言的各地领导,所以知识与文化十分丰富.2008年就有15个国家的30位代表到学院参加为期九个月的培训.

参加义工 :
1. 公开给真正愿意为保护环境出力的人参加, 也最好是证明回国后会推动所学者.
2. 如果肯当义工超过两个月, 学院会提供免费的食宿, 只须付机票, 交通, 和少量的费用.
3. 参加者可以按兴趣及所长申请工作类别
4. 可申请全年任何时期当义工
5. 学院会严格挑选与审批是否接纳

签证 :
1. 中国及日本签证部门独立操作, 学院不能干预.
2. 两地政府或有权要求申请人出示财务证明

其它 :
1. 学校是以日文和英文跟外界沟通的
2. 教学语言主要用英文, 周边生活主要用日语, 所以英文还是最好有点基础.
3. 学员都来自不同国家, 一般上课大家要加上很多身体语言.
4. 由于网站目前只有日文和英文, 我和我的 日本co-ordinator 正打算把资料一点点翻译成中文, 让更多人了解.
5. 您们有兴趣的话, 可以先流览一下日文或英文的内容, 有问题再来信吧.
http://www.ari-edu.org/

以往,只曾有一位来自香港的华人到过这学院进修,从来没有一位中国大陆的学员到学院学习过, 故此,我跟学院一样, 希望有多些中国同胞可以去那边学习, 把更多的优良环保农业知识带回来, 并有机会与多国领导一起学习交流,发挥更大的影响力, 使我们的家园变得更好, 世代流传下去.

今年4月份, 将有第一位中国学员到日本入学, 着实是值得鼓舞.

根据 Yahoo news 报道,中国的水土流失高达超过国土的1/3 面积(http://hk.news.yahoo.com/article/090129/4/afkt.html), 数字另人吃惊, 污染环境的程度也叫人咋舌, 培养国家领导,再由他们推动教育人民,制定施政,朝着合理的方向发展,国家的自然,资源,水源,体质,经济等,才更有希望.

请大家都支持实现这个愿望, 谢谢 !

Vicky
Tel : 6921 1020

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