世界中からの助っ人

島人になる。

Helpers from the All of the world, become an islander.

さよならと言いません、また会える日まで See you again!!

私たち島宿御縁には、世界中から助っ人がヘルパーとして働きに来てくれます。

 

島宿御縁のコンセプト世界中の人と出会える島宿をつくる。
世界中から、様々な人、年齢の人がやってきます。この多様性な人々が、同じ日、同じ時間を共有する宿。

 

毎月1〜3名の助っ人が来島します。

夏のシーズンには5〜8名の助っ人でワイワイと賑やかな島宿。

 

ワーキングホリデー、労働Visaを持ってるので、平均で1ヶ月程度、短くて2週間、強者は半年以上ステイした子もいます。
 

彼らは島宿御縁から徒歩3分の場所にあるシェアハウス御縁で生活しております。住む場所と3食を提供する代わりに、1日約5時間程度の手伝い(ヘルパー)として活躍中です。

 

小値賀島ライフで、たくさんの御縁、古き良き日本、島ライフ、文化、歴史、食、家族の愛を体験・経験します。

午前中は宿の掃除、ランチ後は自由時間、そこで小値賀島の素晴らしさを体験、観光、経験しにいきます。写真、動画、ブログなどで小値賀島&島宿御縁を発信するのも、彼らのミッションです。夕食後のお仕事が終わると、大好きなバー&カラオケメロディーボックスへ、そこで出会う島の人、旅人、ビジネス、外国人、私たちスタッフとビールを囲みながら語り、歌い、踊ることで小値賀島の大ファンに。

最後は旅立ちをスタッフみんなで。

Good Byeとは絶対言わない。

See You Again!!

​また会う日までと言い見送ります。

助っ人だけではありません!日本全国からもヘルパーとして島宿御縁に修行しに来る人、旅の途中で来る人、夢を追いかけて来る人、起業したくて来る人、島好きな人、学生、社会人など様々なバックグランドからやってきます。興味がある人はぜひ、電話、メールでご連絡くださいませ!御縁を楽しみにしております。

Life of Ojika island

History of GOEN's Workawayers!!

      歴代ウォークアウェーヤー。     

2015~

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世界から、世界へ語ってくれた。

Menber's voice!! voice!! voice!!

Menber's voice. For "Island inn GOEN".

This was a fantastic workaway and one I would highly recommend.

20/09/2017 Left by Workawayer (Robin) for host

This was a fantastic workaway and one I would highly recommend. If you're looking for a memorable cultural exchange with the opportunity to live and work in a beautiful place; if you're looking for a more personal experience that includes being able to immerse yourself in the local community, you're looking at the right profile! I was on Ojika for just one month but I have left with so many amazing memories and with a strong desire to return back to this special place.

Taiyo was an excellent host who went out of his way - even during a busy August - to make us feel welcome. He also ensured we had a fantastic time by driving us to various different attractions and by organising a boat trip to another island for us. Akari-san, his wife, made us wonderful lunches and helped prepare - with the rest of the kitchen crew - feasts every evening. We had an endless supply of quality Sashimi (caught by Taiyo's dad) as well as 2 or 3 other dishes a night. It's certainly not a good place to come if you want to diet... Taiyo's mum, Hiroko-san, also went out of her way to keep us entertained and even drove us to go fishing at 4AM despite the fact that she had finished work after midnight. All of this combined with the fact that we were able to spend time with Taiyo's three children meant all the workawayers felt like extended members of their family!

I really feel as though I gained so much from this experience especially in regards to improving my Japanese and interacting with the local residents. My Japanese improved from spending most days working with the permanent Japanese staff at the inn. Shout out to Mirai, Miho-san, Ryota-san, Kyo and Kanon who not only put up with my broken Japanese but also helped improve it. They were all really kind and each one if them either drove us round the island or invited us to local events. Additionally, because I spent a lot of time in the Inn's adjoining Karaoke bar - run by Taiyo's mum - and even having the opportunity to work there, I was able to meet many locals and by the end of the month, truly felt part of the wider Ojika community. If you're looking for a good cultural exchange, look no further!

Ojika island is so beautiful with stunning beaches, amazing stretches of coastline - especially nice for sunrises/sunsets - and lovely shrines. The guesthouse is located in the main town and it takes around 30 minutes by bike (which we can borrow for free) to reach all the best spots. While you do have to work in the mornings and evenings most days, I did feel as though I was on holiday in an all inclusive island Inn on occasion. The work isn't challenging and usually involved doing dishes, cleaning the Inn and Guesthouse in the morning from 8 until 11:30/12. Afternoons were completely free and in the evenings we served the food, ate our own dinner and cleaned the dishes.

A major selling point of this workaway is that we had a volunteers house all to ourselves! This large two-storey old style Japanese house is for workawayers only and, even with a maximum of six people living there at one point over the summer, there was still plenty of space. If you come over a quieter period, you may even get the house to yourself! You sleep on Tatami and if you get the upstairs room, you could wake up to views of the harbour! It's just two minutes walk from the guesthouse, has WiFi and free laundry.

So if you want to eat like a king, live and work on a spectacular island among a friendly community and have a fantastic cultural exchange, shoot Taiyo-san a message!

Ojika was my first workaway experience and the first workaway I did on my 3-month trip to Japan.

22/12/2017 Left by Workawayer (luca) for host

Ojika was my first workaway experience and the first workaway I did on my 3-month trip to Japan.
It would be enough to say that it was such a good experience that I decided to stay one more extra-week at the end, but I would like to go into more detail.
On the basics of the work, we helped Taiyo run his Island Inn smoothly, in the morning by cleaning the beds, preparing the rooms and washing linen basically, and in the evening by helping serve dinner to the guests, super light work and not excessive at all.
And regarding the fun part, it was endless. First of all, all the people I met there were amazing, since the workawayers Paulina, Fabi and Linda, until the staff Mirai, Miho, Sayaka, until the many friends we made there, including Taiyo and his family. Everyday Taiyo would have dinner with us and chat (his english is amazing, so no worries about communicating here) and in addition to the work, we participated in a variety of activities: his mom would take us around the island, we would go to karaoke every now and then, the beaches and sceneries of the island are breathtaking and everything is a stone's throw away walking or by bike, we were constantly invited to people's houses to have tea and meals and chat, and we even participated in a Festival!
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I highly reccomend this workaway for anyone who wants to have some relaxed time in a beautiful island surrounded by beautiful landscapes and super friendly people!

For my first workaway ever, Ojika set the bar high! Thanks to Taiyo-san, his family, the community, and the other workaways, I felt right at home from the very start. The food was absolutely delicious (fresh sashimi for dinner every night), the people were so kind, and the location was perfect.

05/09/2017 Left by Workawayer (Monica) for host

For my first workaway ever, Ojika set the bar high! Thanks to Taiyo-san, his family, the community, and the other workaways, I felt right at home from the very start. The food was absolutely delicious (fresh sashimi for dinner every night), the people were so kind, and the location was perfect.

The work consists of daily chores around the Inn such as cleaning rooms, washing dishes, and serving food to guests. It's pretty straight forward and it was a lot of fun thanks to all the great people we got to work with. On a regular day, we usually got the afternoons from noon to 6 off, which was plenty of time to go out and explore the island. I was lucky enough to be there during a pretty active period in which there were several community events happening. In just two weeks, I participated in a rowing race, summer festival, tea ceremony on the beach, and a fishing contest. At night, we spent most of our time chilling at the Karaoke bar next door that Hiroko-san runs. It was a great opportunity to chop it up with some of the locals and make some friends.

If there was one thing I could change about this experience, it would be to have stayed longer. As soon as I left, I already wanted to go back! Whether you are new to workaway or a long time worker, I would recommend here to anyone.

This has been my first workaway experience and I'm sure it couldn't start in a better way.
Really an incredible place, with so many kind and funny people, amazing landscapes, many places to visit and activities to experience!!!

I stayed in Ojika for 2 months but there are still so many places I'd like to visit around there! Not because I had no time to explore around, but because all these interesting spots are so good that every time I found a new one, I wanted to spend more time there and go back again the day after...

The work is easy but not so light and keep you busy for various hours a day.
However working with all the staff team, make it very pleasant and interesting (especially in the evening when you can interact with many Japanese guests).
Taiyo is a perfect host! Other than well organized and flexible, he really cares about everybody, gives good advices to travel around Ojika and Japan and chatting with him is really interesting! (He has so many active projects and had done so many things in his life!)

Everyday food is really good and you can try the real traditional Japanese cuisine.
The accommodation is pretty comfortable and I felt home from the very first day.

I suggest this place especially to those who can speak a bit of Japanese, because there are many chances everyday to interact with interesting local people.


Thanks sooooo much to everybody!!!!
Especially Taiyo, Hakari and Hiroko (obviously Emachan too :3) who made me part of these incredible amazing days...
Also a special thanks to all Karaoke bar guests who helped me improve Japanese so much!

Really, only super good things in this little paradise!!! I will be back for sure!


 

Taiyo-san was an awesome host. This experience was everything I had hoped for-I was able to build relationships with people on the island, learn some Japanese, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

14/10/2016 Left by Workawayer (Julie) for host


Taiyo-san was an awesome host. This experience was everything I had hoped for-I was able to build relationships with people on the island, learn some Japanese, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The workload depends on how many guests are staying at the inn, but it is not hard work, it just takes time when we are full. Cleaning, making beds, laundry, etc. The food is delicious, three meals a day included and beer with dinner. I loved heading over to the karaoke bar next door in the evenings to work on my Japanese and talk to the regulars. I never paid for a drink and probably drank too often as a result, but it was always a good time. Taiyo's family is welcoming and sweet, Akari-chan is an excellent cook and speaks great English, Mama-san is always ready to take us out for festivals or on Papa-sans boat or to a softball game, making this a real experience. I never felt like just a nameless volunteer passing through. If you want to explore the island it isn't not hard to find someone who is more than willing to join you. I was taken spear fishing and SUP paddle boarding and I got to play softball and dance in a festival and learn how to make some Japanese dishes. For me being integrated in the culture and community was important and I found it easy to do here on Ojika. I don't know how many times I was invited for lunch or dinner in someone's home, but each time was a wonderful occasion. I will for sure be back to visit in the future to see my new friends again. Thanks for an awesome month, everybody :)

I have stayed the past two months with Taiyo-san and is has been nothing but a wonderful time!

14/04/2016 Left by Workawayer (Vanessa) for host

I have stayed the past two months with Taiyo-san and is has been nothing but a wonderful time!
Personally, I've never attended a journey all by myself - let alone, ending up so far away from my home country, that is Germany. Plus, this has been my first workaway experience, so I didn't really know, what to expect, until I was picked up by Taiyo-san on the ferry terminal.
Instantly, I knew that I am in good hands and due to being welcomed that warmly, I felt at home right from the start. I can consider myself fortunate for getting to know Taiyo-san, Akari-san, Hiroko-san and so forth, all of them are super likeable, caring and just fun to have around!

The workload - as mentionend before - depends on the booking situation, yet it is absolutely makeable and after some time, I've grown into a master of preparing futon, haha.
The included meals have been spoiling my taste buds on a daily basis, oishii!
The island itself is simply beautiful and due to having free time for the whole afternoon, there's plenty of time to discover its wonders, be it by foot or by bike.
After the evening shift you can voluntarily help out at Hiroko-san's Karaoke Bar, which is a great opportunity to get in touch with locals, improve one's Japanese skills and to bump up the travel budget for a bit!

Long story short: Taiyo-san is an amazing host, flexible and you will notice, that he really cares. I'm glad that I will leave this island with great memories tomorrow and I can't wait to come back sometime.
Last but not least, I want to thank him and all of these wonderful people very much, for granting me lots of possibilities to make unforgettable experiences, for example having obento together during cherry blossom, the boat trips to Nozaki Island, showing me the hot spots of Ojika, eating out in a very old, pompous restaurant and many more. Arigatou gozaimasu!

P.S.: See you in Kobe, Akari-san! :)

What a great experience on Ojika Island this was my first workaway experience, i stayed for a month.

03/10/2017 Left by Workawayer (Jérémy) for host

What a great experience on Ojika Island this was my first workaway experience, i stayed for a month. Tayio Akari and their children are really adorable and all the people around them are really great. Many people will miss me.

Also Ojika Island is really beautiful, there are plenty of events and work to provide is not complicated mainly doing the dishes the beds and vacuuming !
I really recommend going for a ride on Ojika island you do will not waste your time ! 😍

Thank you Taiyo and everyone i will never forget this experience !


 

YES! This is the place you want to go!

06/10/2017 Left by Workawayer (Louise) for host

YES! This is the place you want to go!

I stayed here for almost two months during the summer and it was so amazing. Taiyo and his family were so welcoming and helpfull. I stayed in a big Japanese style house with the other workawayers. We all slept on futons on tatami floors, and we had the house to ourselves. Everyday we got amazing food, and time to enjoy Ojika Island. The beaches are straight out of paradise, and we have bikes we can use to get there.

I had so much fun, and I really loved how everyone wanted to include us in there daily life. Working in the bar or spending time with kids at the school, talking with the locals at the store or taking us on boatrides to see the other islands or just enjoying the sunset. simple fantastic! :)

It gets quite busy during the summer so you might only get 1 day off a week. Even then there is still plenty of time to go to the AMAZING beaches after finishing morning work.

I want to come back next summer for Obon festival! :D I miss Ojika so much

My workaway stay here was super!

13/10/2017 Left by Workawayer (wendy) for host

My workaway stay here was super!
Taiyo san is cool and a good boss, we get very very good food(Thank you Akari chan i love u <3) and a lot of cool things to experience everyday (such as fishing contest, BBQ party, karaoke , going to another world heritage island..etc way too much amazing experience ) .The people here are all super cute and kindhearted and,actually you feel more like you are in a big family here. But I think the best thing and the reason why you should choose Ojika is, here,You can really get to know how people here live and think but also really bonded with the place and people here ,since the island is small so you surely will spend a lot great time together .
Thanks a lot to Taiyo san ,Akari chan , Miho san and everyone i've met on the island for giving me such experience. Ojika のこと絶対忘れない!<3
I really had a wonderful time here so I would definitely recommend workawaying here!

This was my first workaway experience and it was amazing !

31/10/2017 Left by Workawayer (Linda) for host

This was my first workaway experience and it was amazing ! Taiyo is such a nice host ! And so is his family ! They always care about us and make us feel as home. The work is not hard at all so you have time to go around this very peaceful and beautiful island ! I hardly recommend this host !

I expected a lot from my stay in Ojika and after three weeks spent there I can honestly say I got even more than that!

06/11/2017 Left by Workawayer (Paulina) for host

I expected a lot from my stay in Ojika and after three weeks spent there I can honestly say I got even more than that!
The island is beautiful and peaceful, a perfect place to relax and a joy to explore.
Taiyo is a great host and his family is just lovely. Akari-san and Mama-san cook amazing meals with Papa-san bringing fresh fish every day.
The work at the inn is simple and Miho-san and Mirai-san, the permanent staff, are very kind and patient, always happy to explain anything. Sometimes in the evening we were asked to help at Mama-san's karaoke bar- it's a different sort of work, but very interesting and a perfect opportunity to practice Japanese chatting with the customers.
In short, I wholeheartedly recommend Ojika to anyone. I had a wonderful time there and wish i could have stayed longer!

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