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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