In order to improve the international exchange activities within the prefecture as well as to support the daily lives of foreigners in Saga, SPIRA has a system of registered volunteers from all over Saga. These volunteers are crucial in driving the international understanding and exchange between residents in Saga forward.

Types of Volunteers

Volunteer activities
Volunteer activities
  • Multilingual Volunteers Interpreters & Translators

        -Volunteer Medical Interpreters

        -Interpreters for children with foreign backgrounds

  • Volunteer Japanese language support

      -Japanese study support tutors for children

  • Volunteer Host Families

Please contact us for more details on each volunteer activities.


Requirements for Registration

  1. Can understand the objective of the system and willing to actively participate as an international exchange volunteer.
  2. At least 18 years of age, and can participate in events within Saga Prefecture.
  3. Have the required skills and knowledge in your registered fields and can be contacted by email.
  4. Motivated in international exchanges and volunteer activities.

Necessary skills

1. Multilingual Volunteers Interpreters & Translators
English Minimum Requirement:The EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency-Level Pre-1, TOEIC 730 or TOEIC iBT 79-80
Chinese Minimum Requirement: Chinese KENTEI-Level2, The Chinese Proficiency Test(HSK)-Level 5
Korean Minimum Requirement: The Korean Language Proficiency Test-Level 2
*The above is only a guide. It is not absolutely required to have said certificates, For languages not listed above, you should have a high enough level to be effective in your volunteer activities.
*For non-native Japanese speakers, JLPT Level N2 or equivalent proficiency is suggested.


Volunteer Medical Interpreters
  • Have sufficient language ability and have completed SPIRA’s medical interpreter training course.

For more details, please check the link below.

-Interpreters for children
  • Meet the criteria above and have completed SPIRA’s training course for children support.

For more details, please check the link below.



2. Volunteer Japanese Language Support
*Each Japanese Language Group may have their own guidelines and required registration process.


-Learning Japanese Support for children

For more details, please check the link below.



3. Volunteer Host Families


*As a general rule, volunteers should be available during the daytime on weekdays.(except host families)
*Volunteers must be responsible enough to respect and protect the privacy. (for all fields)


Registration Period

Registration is for 2 years. It may be continued after the 2 year period.

Voluntter Training Programs

In order to enhance our support for foreign residents and to increase collaboration within the region,we coordinate a variety of training and development programs for our volunteers to become interpreters, teachers of Japanese language and culture, host families and more.

Volunteer Japanese Language Classes

We support many Japanese language classes across Saga for foreign residents.


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