Internship for natural builders from abroad

young builders make earth blocks

an invitation for a cross cultural experience at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage

Get ready for an exciting building season in Bafut starting December 2014. Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage will be working with local builders, craftspeople and community to construct the meeting hall for the Learning Center. Meeting Hall and kitchen

A small team of international natural building interns will work with Elke Cole and the Bafut builders to create a beautiful hall from local materials. Builders who have some training/experience from the natural building movement are invited to apply for this unique program.

The design of the building includes earthen walls, – plasters and flooring. Raffia ‘bamboo’, a common and plentiful local material, can be used in roof structures, furniture, ceiling panels and other applications. making a ladder from Raffia

We intend to bring together experience from traditional craftsmen in Bafut and new methods of the natural building movement.

Natural builders worldwide focus on the relationship between building and site. This shows in the use of local materials, renewable energies and incorporating water management into the design.

The outcome of such collaboration will demonstrate a sustainable way for our region.earthen plaster application In their free time, participating Interns will discover the rich culture of Bafut, see the beauty of natural landscapes in our surrounding areas and spend time in the lively city of Bamenda. Menchum Falls in Bafut region

Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage is a demonstration and education site for Cameroon. Better World’s International summer workcamp takes place on this land each year, and we welcome visitors to the site, who wish to see Permaculture in action. Once the hall is completed we will be offering training to local villagers, youth and women’s groups as well as larger cross-cultural events.

Find out more about the Internship program on Elke’s website. We will also offer workshops on ecological building for local participants. For frequent updates of activities visit our Facebook page.



Permaculture this summer?

traditional Bafut culture

by Elke Cole

Summer break is coming soon for students everywhere. What are your plans this year?

The Student Nature Club of Better World Cameroon is gearing up for the annual work camp at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage - and this time its going to be with a strong focus on Permaculture.

permaculture diagram by Elke ColeOne of the lead facilitators will be Kevin Mascarenhas, a Permaculturist from Great Britain, who’s also deeply involved with our High Value Agriculture Product development. Kevin will be leading a Mini EDE program, an introduction to Permaculture and ecovillage design under the “inspired by GAIA Education” label. For our work in Bafut we will adapt this framework to our African setting.

building a compost toilet from Raffia polesFrom August 1-21, 2014,  young people aged 18-35 will exchange ideas and develop skills: both hands-on and in fun group exercises. The ecovillage site offers plenty of projects to engage with and discover what Permaculture the African way can look like. You may find yourself building a water system or planting trees. Join our facebook group to keep up with news.

Want to travel to Cameroon? For foreigners this camp is a great way to meet local people and make friends. Take 3 weeks and enter a traditional world that’s ready to move into the future. Permaculture is taking traditional knowledge and connecting it into modern needs and understanding of larger contexts.

The people of Bafut are very welcoming to visitors. You’ll eat local food and might pick up a few words of the Bafut language.

It’s up to you to make the move: apply now to participate. You won’t regret it.

You can read more on our Summer camp page : costs and preliminary schedule and more. And there are opportunities for worktrade!

Get your hands in the Earth and have happy Summer

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