Immersion in a farmers' cooperative in Senegal
Description: "Les Ententes" is a non-governmental organization created by farmers and dedicated to the village communities. The association, which promotes an economical alternative, aims at providing educational work, reducing inequalities among villagers and slowing down the migration flow towards big cities. There are farmers belonging to the cooperative "Les Ententes" all over Sénégal. They are also developing a training for young couples in order to inform about good practices in agriculture, livestock farming, cheese production... The training will last 1 year and its aim is to boost agriculture.
Type of Work: Since this workcamp is an immersion in a small agricultural village, volunteers will take part in the daily life of the inhabitants (agriculture, cooking...) and will be free to organize projects within the community: activities with children, visits.... The rhythm of the days can be slow and volunteers don't have to expect days full of activities. The point is to slow down and to live like Senegalese people. They will be able to visit the training center that is in developement yet.
Study Theme: Food Sovereignty and learning about the culture of Senegal.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in families. Each family will only provide accommodation for one volunteer. To their request, volunteers could be accomodated together.
Language: French in order to speak with local people (some of them speak only local languages- often children and youth can help for translation).
Requirements: This project requires self-reliance from the volunteers since they will stay in families, and not within a group of volunteers. It's also very important that the volunteers arrive in Dakar 1 to 2 days before the first day of the camp. In Dakar, an orientation day will be organized by the partner (organization) and then all the volunteers will be driven to the different villages.
Approximate Location: In a village belonging to one section of Les Ententes: Koupentoum.