Finding internet-volunteers from Japan (or a certain country)


Thank you for reading my question.

I want to address following issue: I want to start a commercial website

that needs some information from Japan. Since I'm in the very beginning

position of this project, I have limited resources but I would still need

information and pictures from Japan.

I want to kindly ask, where I could find some volunteer helpers that are

based in japan, who would for example, take some photos of their local

area and provide some valuable information about their city?

For someone living very far away from the targeted country, it's really

hard to access that information.

Please provide a way where I could find some volunteers, which I could

eventually pay, if the business begins to generate some money.


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asked Nov 7 '10 at 20:19
Herr K
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  • Hello Zuly, first of all, thanks for editing and fixing my question :) Yes indeed, there is a reason i can't find this online. It needs to be photos like, picture of a very popular coffee shop in place X. You can only find random photos of the country, not that specific ones :( I was thinking of very very small tasks like that, just take 5 pictures & stuff like that. Maybe there is a way, to get those people. I don't know, lets just try!:) – Herr K 13 years ago

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If photographs are all you need you should go to and post a gig request.

Its a lot more cheaper than odesk.

answered Nov 8 '10 at 23:02
Prateek Mishra
137 points
  • hmmm, looks like a interesting concept :) Let me try! – Herr K 13 years ago
  • It is, THE site i was looking for :) – Herr K 13 years ago
  • I love you :))) – Herr K 13 years ago
  • I'm glad you liked it. Welcome. – Prateek Mishra 13 years ago
  • Did i tell you, how much i love you? :) I just found my japanese person to photograph the venues, for 25 USD!!! THANK YOU FOR THE TIP!!!!!!!!!! :))))) – Herr K 13 years ago
  • Wilkommen Herr Kaleun, wilkommen! – Prateek Mishra 13 years ago


Is there any reason why you can't get this information online? I'm sure there are plenty of images and information online on various cities. You can contact the original owners, and ask them if you can use their information on your website - some will say yes, some will say no.

After you have all that you can get from online resources, then you can start looking for volunteers. I think it's going to be very hard to find someone willing to all this work for a stranger for no compensation. Maybe you can try Craigslist. But in the end, I think you're going to end up having to pay for this.

answered Nov 8 '10 at 02:02
Zuly Gonzalez
9,194 points


People at oDesk already get paid peanuts. I suggest you post an add there looking for someone who is based in the required locale and is willing to do some small tasks. For the little amount of money that you will need to pay them, I think this is reasonable.

If you are going to build a site that has huge amounts of information e.g. from sites all over the world you are aiming to make large amounts of money, don't expect to get such quantities of information for free.

Unless you make it social and get some digital sharecroppers. Make it social, but this may take a while to get all the info you need and may not fit in with your current business plan.

If you want pictures for free go to flickr and search for CC licened images. But there isn't anywhere you can get specific info about a location released under a CC license that I know of.

answered Nov 8 '10 at 10:12
1,257 points
  • Thank you very much for your comments! I will check that carefully. – Herr K 13 years ago

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