Register as a Volunteer

Number of registered volunteers:

Over 350

Would you like to support Osaka's International Exchange with us?

Volunteer Insurance

All volunteers who will participate in the activities of this system will be insured by the Social Welfare Service Corporation Osaka Social Welfare Council's "Volunteer Activities Insurance" (Personal accident insurance, public liability insurance) just in case something happens during the activity. Processing and fees will be taken care of by OFIX or the requesting organization.


The Volunteer activities through this system are carried out in the goodness and free will of the registered volunteers and are basically unpaid. Transportation and other expenses incurred through the volunteer activities may not be paid by the requesting organization, depending on their regulations. It is advised that you clarify this beforehand.

Host Family

Number of registered host families:

Over 30

Requirements to apply:

Families living in Osaka Prefecture or nearby areas that are interested in and enthusiastic about international exchange

All the members of the family must agree to the aims of the home stay, home visit and to accept a foreign person from any country or regionn

What kind of activities can I join?

Organizations that may request your help for volunteering activities are OFIX, Japanese and local public bodies, government-related organizations and public groups for International Exchange/Foreign Support. Basically, we request volunteers who meet the relevant requirements, such as type of activity, place and number of volunteers needed, one month before the activity date. Then, the requested group will give the volunteers detailed information in advance.
Depending on the content of the activity, training may be conducted.

Language/Culture Volunteer

Number of registered language/culture volunteers:


Requirements to apply:

16 years old and older (however, those below 18 years old need to submit a letter of consent from the parents/guardians.)

People who are interested in and enthusiastic about international exchange/activities to support foreigners

People who can participate in volunteer activities in Osaka

Volunteer Interpreters/Translators in times of disaster

Number of registered Volunteer Interpreters/Translators in times of disaster:

Over 210

OFIX enlists volunteers who can interpret or translate at central support facilities set up in a disaster area (including remote interpretation/translation)

Guide to the Volunteer Interpreters/Translators in times of disaster system

Please choose a language

Activity Details

Operation and recruitment of volunteers is conducted based on the Multilingual Support System in times of disaster are established by the Kinki Council of Local Authorities for International Relations, which is composed of 5 Prefectures and 4 designated cities.

Interpretation and translation activities will be conducted at central support facilities, such as Multilingual Support Centers, which would be set up in a disaster area (basically limited to within the Kinki area) after an earthquake or any large-scale disaster. It also includes remote interpretation/translation at your house etc.

When the Kinki Council of Local Authorities for International Relations is requested to support an area outside the Kinki region where a large-scale disaster has occurred, your assistance will be required.

Volunteer insurance and transportation fees will be paid as required by the dispatching association based on their own standards, but honorarium for the activities would not be paid.

You will be asked to participate in a training held once a year to improve your skills as a volunteer.

Volunteer Guide

Number of registered volunteer guides:

Over 120

The application for FY 2020 will be announced on the website soon

Osaka Prefectural Volunteer Guides for Tourists help the increasing number of foreign tourists safely enjoy their stay in Osaka by providing multilingual information on sightseeing, directions and events. In times of disaster, they support foreigners in need with multilingual disaster-related information. There are about 120 volunteers speaking 11 languages registered with OFIX.

2019 FY Report

This program is operated by OFIX, entrusted by Osaka Prefecture with creating a welcoming atmosphere in the prefecture and boost its reputation as a sightseeing city.

We provide foreign travelers with directions, a variety of sightseeing information, and recommend attractions for them to visit. We work out of Namba and use the latest information for our guide activities.

OFIX will continue to train volunteers so that overseas travelers are happy to approach them. Our vision is for not only foreign residents and visitors, but also Japanese people to consider our “Osaka Volunteer Guides for Tourists” as the best source of local information.

Volunteering Period
From September 2019 until the end of March 2020 (to be extended)
Total number of volunteers/Languages
117 (As of September 12th 2019)
11 languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic, Thai and others)
Location for activities
Osaka city (Chuo-ward and around Namba)
Activity Day & Time
Generally Friday/Saturday/Sunday, From 10:00 to 16:00
Type of Activity
As a rule, a pair of Volunteer Guides wearing uniforms act as guides for tourists on the street
Activity Base
Volunteer for Tourists Namba Base
2F Kawahara Center Building, 1485-14, 5-19 Sennichimae, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka city

Contact Information

Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX), Planning and Promotion Group
Persons in charge of Volunteer Guides: Matsuyama, Asada

TEL:06-6966-2400 FAX:06-6966-2401


Osaka Foundation of International Exchange, Planning and Promotion Group