48th ARI Commencement Service 

We are delighted to announce that all ten of the 2020 participants were able to successfully complete their rural leadership training! We will be holding their graduation ceremony this Saturday.  This year, due to the spread of COVID-19, the graduation ceremony will be held with only participants, volunteers, and staff in attendance. Although outside guests will not be allowed to attend the ceremony on campus, we are happy to inform you that the ceremony will be available to watch live on our official Facebook page. The 48th Commencement Service will be held at the following date and time: December 12th (Sat), 11:00-12:30  You can watch the ceremony live … Read more…

\ Join an ARI Online Talk Session! /

\ Join an ARI Online Talk Session! / Thank you for all who participated in the ARI webinars throughout November. For those who couldn’t attend and those who would like to attend again, we are going to have another webinar on December 7th! The guest speakers are Martin and Celestine, 2020 participants from Kenya. Do you want to know more about ARI, or about topics such as organic farming? Everyone is welcome to participate! Come join us and learn more about ARI! Webinar Contents: ・ View the 2020 ARI participant introduction video ・ Hear first-hand from 2020 participants, Martin and Celestine “What are you doing in Kenya? What are you … Read more…

2020 Call for Christmas Donations

Today marks the beginning of December. Many things have happened around the world this year during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been both joy and sadness, and now 2020 is coming to an end. The 2020 ARI participants will be returning to their home countries after the graduation ceremony on December 12 with new, big dreams. We believe that it is in times of hardship and turmoil that the lessons learned at ARI can be applied, and that the participants’ leadership based on love will help lead their communities into better futures. The Christmas donations you are able to make at this time of year are an important source of … Read more…

December News

  As we begin to welcome the winter season here at ARI, we would like to share two important announcements. – We will not be accepting working visitors starting from December 1st. Considering the severe effects of COVID-19, from December 1st we are going to stop accepting working visitors. Participants will be going back to their home countries from mid-December. We ask for your understanding as it is very important for the participants to leave Japan safely to return to their communities and begin sharing what they learned at ARI. We will start accepting visitors again from January 1st. – Participants’ Final Presentations for the 2020 school year are being … Read more…

ARI Open Campus!

For those who are interested in studying at ARI and want to know more about what we do, we are holding an open campus! It will be a valuable opportunity to meet the 2020 ARI participants. We hope to see you at the event! Period: November 27th (Fri) -28th (Sat), 2020 Participation fee: 5,000 yen per person (tax included) Reservations are required Schedule: <Day 1> 13:30 Arrival • Orientation 14:00 Campus Tour 16:00 Evening Farm Work 18:30 Supper 19:30 Free Time <Day 2> 6:30 Morning Exercise 7:00 Morning Farm Work 8:15 Breakfast 9:30 Class Experience “Food Life” 11:00 Making Indian Curry 12:30 Lunch (interact with ARI participants) 14:00 Departure Application … Read more…

ARI Webinars!

Join an ARI Webinar! “Connect with Nature, Connect with People, Change the Future. ”Throughout November we will be holding webinars featuring ARI staff and Japanese participants and Graduate Intern (GI) who are currently studying at ARI!  Are you interested in being a Japanese participant? Do you want to know more about ARI, or topics such as organic farming? Anyone is welcome to participate! Please take this opportunity to join us and learn more about ARI! Webinar Contents: ・ Learn about ARI’s curriculum ・ Hear first-hand about daily life at ARI, “What is the lifestyle like? What language do you speak? What kind of food do you eat?” ・ Hear the … Read more…

2020 Student Introduction Video

ARI proudly presents this short movie about the Class of 2020! Have you met this year’s ten participants from seven countries, who against all odds were able to come to ARI? For the 2020 academic year, due to the spread of the coronavirus, 19 of the candidates were not able to enroll as they were hindered by an array of factors such as city blockades, borders closing, and visas being canceled. In such a situation, 8 students from Asia and Africa and 2 students from Japan gathered and started their training. We are happy to now be able to introduce them and their dreams for the future to you in … Read more…

Schedule for the 48th HTC (Reservation Required)

48th Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration   Finally, our 48th Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration (HTC) is this weekend! This year HTC is divided into morning and afternoon sessions and is limited to those who made reservations. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Unfortunately, we have reached the maximum number of reservations and are no longer accepting new reservations. For those who were not able to reserve, we are looking forward to seeing you next year.   The following is the schedule for HTC. Please note, this year HTC will not be open to the public on the 11th (Sun).   Schedule for Saturday, October 10, 2020:   Morning Session 9:30    … Read more…