Better World is dedicated to the idea that young people have what it takes to build and create the transformation needed to strengthen empowerment and resilience in the community. To this end, we annually hold the International Summer Workcamp.
BWC International Summer Workcamp is an exciting event for resourcing technologies that can play a vital role in joint ventures & international cooperation! Come be a part of the next generation of eco-entrepreneurs.
TOGETHER FOR A BETTER WORLD
The Camp is Help Desk to over coming the barriers that hinder the facilitation of GENAfrica and Gaia principles in community engagement work.
All actions are geared towards empowering young people with Next Education tools that will inspire their development and advancement into sustainability professionals, community leaders and social entrepreneurs.
You all are invited to attend our youth camps every summer as student, researcher or sustainability practitioner.
Join us to learn how we build resilient communities using Permaculture / GAIA Education principles the African way.
We have come together to share our cosmovision. A common vision of a better world from Cameroon to the Universe.
Join us on our adventures as we learn about permaculture, sustainable development, cultural diversity and tolerance, community building and learning how to be the master of your own destiny.
International Summer Workcamp - 8th Edition
The 8th Edition of the International Summer Workcamp was centered on the theme “Innovative Job Creation Schemes For Self Employment”. This edition has brought together youths from different parts of the world having diverse cultures and harbouring the desire to change the paradigm around the myths of youth and employment in our societies. This year, the camp was happy to host a group of young people from diverse professional backgrounds such as aspiring doctors, entrepreneurs, accountants, geographers, photographers and many more.
The various activities we carried out during these days were educative and included : lessons on business plans, entrepreneurship, green house management, field trips, craft works and international cuisine.
There was a practical session at the green house where we learned how to manage the green house to get healthy crops and at the same time, maximise the profit.
The field trip was at Saint Rita Seminary, Mambu in Bafut, where we visited the fish pond, the plantain plantation, the poultry amongst others. The International cuisine was all about exposing our different cultures, adhering to cultural tolerance, and having a more profound sense of intercultural dialogue through the different meals represented. There was Achu from Bafut, Fufu corn and Kati-kati from Nkwen and fondant au chocolat from France.
We also learned how to weave traditional dance costumes from raffia pine. And we had an opportunity to try it out for a dance.
International Summer Workcamp - 7th Edition
The 7th Edition of the International Summer Workcamp was centered on the theme “Inspire pathways to the future”.
In this edition we invite participants to use their creativity and immerse themselves in a lively experience of empowered living, ecovillage actions, cultural nights, bonfires, excursions and much more. At the end of ten days, participants acquired basic Permaculture skills and knowledge and developed a Volunteer Spirit that will enable them to help their communities and other underserved communities.
International Summer Workcamp - 6th Edition
International Summer Workcamp - 5th Edition
International Summer Workcamp - 4th Edition
Ecovillage design, Sectors and Zones, Social Permaculture, Food forests, Swales and Banana Showers…..buzzwords of permaculture and key topics for the 2014 International Summer Camp schedule. This is action oriented, experiential learning of permaculture and closely related areas of interest in the African context.
Youth from different cultural backgrounds as participants and facilitators will have opportunity to explore the meaning of sustainable living for each other.
This years camp is leading toward a larger event in 2016 called EDE for Ecovillage Design Education- a special Permaculture training in relationship to ecovillage development. Parallel to the camp we are hosting a Mini EDE this Summer and the camp participates part time in these sessions.
Now that’s a fantastic opportunity to benefit from international facilitators like Kevin Mascarenhas and get close up with what the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is all about.
International Summer Workcamp - 3rd Edition
The 3rd Edition of our International Summer Workcamp was special because it was the first in Bamenda, but it also marked the beginning of construction activities on the eco village site. This year´s camp started in a very low spirit but became interesting as activities unfolded.
Some of these activities were: international cuisine, construction of composting toilet, visit to Savanna Botanic Garden and the drawing of a vision chart for the Bafut Council Eco city 2020 Vision. After the 21 days of education blended with some recreation, participants testified 60% of the objective was attained. Below are some views on topical issues on which they focused.
International Summer Workcamp - 2nd Edition
“Together for a Better World” International Summer Workcamp is organized by BWC in association with Solidarités Jeunesses (SJ) France, NICE Japan, Volunteer Action for Peace (VAP) UK, and Concordia France.
It is the second edition of an annual event which started in August 2011 and brings together volunteers from all parts of the world. This project aims to build an eco lodge within the context of the ongoing permaculture Eco-village project (see project section on GenAfrica www.globalecovillagenetwork.org interactive map) in the Ndanifor Permaculture Eco-village which will serve as a guest house for researchers and workcamp participants in future.
International volunteers will work alongside local volunteers to do building and construction, gardening, tree planting, teaching primary school pupils (ages 4 – 12) arts and craft, languages. There will also be sports, drama, field trips to various touristic sites and lots of cross cultural activities. During the workcamp, there will be a workshop on African Permaculture and Eco-villages to get this from a Cameroonian point of view.
International Summer Workcamp - 1st edition
From the 1st to the 21st August 2011, Better World Cameroon (BWC), in collaboration with NICE (Japanese NGO) and Solidarités Jeunesse (French NGO) organized the fist International Summer Work Camp in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The objective of this work camp was to regenerate the Ndanifor Community Garden in Biyem Assi, build an eco-lodge and create a Permaculture demonstration site.
A Mini Work Camp has been scheduled in February 2011 to prepare for launching the summer work camp. All participants worked together to carry out the following activities:
At the end of the 3 weeks work camp, participants acquireded skills and knowledge of basic Permaculture and spirit of volunteerism to be able to give back to their communities and assist children in need.