Family agriculture as a vector for food sovereignty!

QSF program: Specialized

Tuesday 6 July 2010

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1. Partners:

A. Southern host organisation

Réseau africain pour le développement (RADI)

RADI’s mission is to fight against poverty, injustice and ignorance by promoting the participation of concerned population and by empowering and educating citizens to promote autonomy and self-sustainability. The RADI is involved in various areas: promotion and integration of women, sustainable agriculture and food security, national language literacy and basic education, peasant management, youth development in urban and semi-urban areas (education, training, integration, employment), and environment.

B. Quebec partner organisation

Head & Hands / À deux mains

Head & Hands’ mission is to work with youth to promote their physical and mental well-being. Its approach is preventative, non-judgmental and holistic, with a fundamental commitment to providing an environment that welcomes youth without discrimination. Head & Hands facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within its community and society at large.

Head & Hands envisions a society where all youth are participants and are inspired by the endless possibilities available to them.

*** Please note that this internship is part of the specialized program of QSF: all participants in this internship must have attended activities of Montreal’s Head & Hands center at least six months prior to the recruitment period. ***

2. Internship objectives

Region, city or village: Dakar

Résumé of internship objectives:

In keeping with the mission of Head & Hands / À deux mains, the internship project will focus on integrating immigrants into Quebec society while discovering and respecting their cultural background. This project targets specifically (but not exclusively) second generation immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. The overall objective of this project is to reduce the gap between the black community identity and the Quebec identity while encouraging social engagement and critical thinking of the participants through citizen journalism.

 Facilitate the learning of communication tools among members and employees of the RADI.
 Support a concrete community experience for the empowerment of a community, especially on food security, education and communication.
 Support the sensitization efforts of the RADI on food security and sovereignty.
 Share the knowledge of Alternatives on citizen and alternative communications.
 Provide technical assistance in improving the communication tools of RADI.
 Enable the interns to acquire practical knowledge in facilitation of communication for development workshops
 Sensitize the population of Quebec to issues related to sustainable development in Senegal.

Résumé of field activities in Quebec:

In the pre-departure training, participants will be invited, through various activities, to explore the different socio-economic and environmental issues of Quebec. Participants will document their journey to become familiar with various communications tools that they can use overseas. Participants will also familiarize themselves with the community organizations sector working in the field of environment in Quebec.

Résumé of field activities overseas:

 Do project planning meetings with peasants’ organizations working with the RADI.
 Conduct research in preparation for filming on the various topics covered: organic agriculture, fair trade commerce, food security, and food sovereignty.
 In collaboration with members of RADI scenarize short documentaries and plan their production.
 Prepare workshops on video editing as well as educational materials adapted to the target audience.
 Facilitate workshops in video production.
 Film and edit, together with members of the RADI, four short documentaries on the topics mentioned above.

 Number of participants 7 interns and 1 accompanier
 Overseas placement :From 13 June to 13 August 2011 (60 days)
 Pre-departure training From 1 November 2010 to 13 June 2011

3. Application criteria

Eligibility requirements

Interns of this group should be young participants attending the center Head & Hands of Montreal for at least six months before the recruitment period.

Eligibility requirements for participating interns

 Be at least 18 by the beginning of the overseas placement and no more than 35 by the application deadline
 Have a permanent address in Quebec for at least over the past year
 Have Canadian citizenship status or permanent residency status
 Show proof of interest for international development issues and North-South dynamics
 Demonstrate interpersonal capacities appropriate for living and working in a multicultural context
 Demonstrate the interpersonal capacities appropriate for living and working in a multicultural context
 Be ready to participate in all steps of the internship (fund raising, pre-departure training, overseas placement, return activities)
 Be in good health (a medical certificate will be required if you are accepted into the program)
 Not have already participated in a Québec sans frontières internship program and not have already participated in an overseas internship in a "southern" country for more than six weeks
 Have a good knowledge of French


 Have a proven interest in urban agriculture and communications for development
 Have a proven interest of environmental issues related to development.

Eligibility criteria for the accompanier :

 Be at least 21 years of age at the beginning of the overseas placement
 Have permanent residency in Quebec for at least the past year
 Have Canadian citizenship status or permanent residency status
 Have a secondary V diploma
 Have a proven interest in international development issues and North-South dynamics
 Demonstrate a capacity for coordinating a group of interns
 Demonstrate interpersonal capacities appropriate for living and working in a multicultural context
 Be in good health (if your candidacy is retained, a medical certificate will be required)
 Be ready to participate in all steps of the internship (fundraising, pre-departure training, overseas placement, return activities)
 Have a good knowledge of French


 Have already undertaken a cooperation internship in the internship country or region
 Demonstrate an interest for communications and environmental issues related to development.

4. How to apply

To submit your application, you should send your curriculum vitae as well as a cover letter with the form below.

Clic here to submit your application

deadline to submit your application: 17 September 2010, 5:00 pm

5. Dates and deadlines:

17 September 2010: Deadline to submit your application

Week of 4 October 2010: Interviews and selection

Week of 1 November 2010: Beginning of the pre-departure training

Info-internship evenings

You have questions or you would like to know more about our internship programs? We’ll be holding an information evening on 19 August 2010 starting from 5pm

3720, ave. Du Parc (corner Des Pins)
2nd floor
Métro Place-des-Arts

Another information evening will be held in September

6. For more information

Consult our FAQs.

For more information on Québec Sans Frontières internships, you can contact our internship project officer:

Caroline Tagny at 514-982-6606

For more information on the Québec sans frontières program, click here.

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This e-bulletin will keep you up to date on upcoming internships and more.

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