History of KSGG : Starting from KVGG
| Kobe Voluntary Goodwill Guides Club (KVGG) was established on March
14th, 1981. It was started to be organized when they realized the necessity
of volunteer guides for “Kobe Port Island Exposition (PORTPIA’81). More
than 500 citizens such as housewives and office workers who had foreign
lives experiences got together to assist foreign visitors for PORTPIA’81.
From May 1981 some of the members took turns at the service center on the
first floor of Hyogo Mutual Bank building.
Even after the service center was closed, the activities were continued.
It was because members’ wish and the will of Bank which had heard reputations
of their services being consistent reached agreement.
The number of KVGG was about 50 in which housewives, office workers, and
English teachers living in Ashiya, Kobe, Akashi, Kakogawa, and Himeji were
| Though the service center was closed, the goodwill guides had continued
its services in a temporary office.
On March 2nd, 1996, the group changed its name to Kobe SGG (Kobe Systematized
Goodwill Guides Club) and jointed nationwide SGG groups with Japan National
Tourism Organization (JNTO). Kobe SGG had continued services actively thereafter.
The number of SGG clubs is 90 as of March 2014.
Kobe SGG hosted the 9th nationwide goodwill guides conference in Kobe.
257 goodwill guides from 33 clubs gathered in Kobe to exchanged ideas and
information for goodwill guiding.
| Kobe SGG has 78 members and covers 8 languages, English,
French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and Korean.
(as of January 2015)
| Kobe SGG takes a regular part of receptionist as an interpreter at the
Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication every weekday
afternoon and all day on Saturdays by rotating members. KSGG serves for
translation and interpretation upon request of public organizations, private
firms and individuals etc.