“I believe the greatest asset of our volunteers is their ability to foster these relationships on the ground. By establishing personal friendships, JOCVs are able to gain a unique and deep understanding of the society and its needs—all the while respecting local practices and values. It is in this spirit of companionship that JOCVs have helped restore the trust of Japan among Asian countries and integrate it back into the international community.”

2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee JAPAN OVERSEAS COOPERATION VOLUNTEERS accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor, the Ramon Magsaysay Award.