Mali

Roots around the world : urban agriculture in Bamako (2nd year)

QSF program: Universal

Monday 5 July 2010

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1. Southern host organisation:

Clubs Kayira de l’Association des Radios libres Kayira

Le Réseau des radios libres is an organization regrouping 9 community radio station (1 in Bamako, 8 in rural areas). Around those community radios were created the Clubs Kayira which are constituted of women’s groups, organizations helping people with disabilities o or organizations of villagers.

The ’Réseau des Radios Libres et des Clubs Kayira’ is a democratic watch dog organisation, its mandate is to raise awareness and undertake popular education on:
- local, national and international news, reported impartially and independently
- Helping bring together large numbers of citizens to undertake civic education trainings to found the basis of participatory democracy
- Take an active part in informing the public health, hygiene and environmental issues
- Give a voice to associations and all citizens who otherwise have no forum in which to express themselves
- Combat the dissemination of ideas and principles founded on intolerance, racism, exclusion and xenophobia
- Opening the radio station to a diversity of cultural expression (artist presentations and musical presentations, theater and cinema) from Mali and elsewhere.


2. Internship objectives

Region, city or village : Bamako

Résumé of the internship objectives:
- Allow young Québecers to share in a meaningful international solidarity experience with Malian culture
- Foster the acquisition of urban agriculture work experience in a way that impacts the candidate’s personal and career path
- Promote urban agriculture and ecological practices in the North and the South
- Support a community development initiative that aims to enhance the community’s autonomy and revenue generating activities
- Share the Alternatives’ knowledge and best practice in urban agriculture, especially with regards to hydroponics and permaculture
- Foster an opportunity for interns to integrate into the daily routine of an international cooperation organization.

Résumé of field activities:
- Visit of the urban agriculture projects of our Malian partners
- Coordinate and participate, in collaboration with Kayira’s staff, the establishment of gardens in soilless culture with two women’s associations.
- Deliver workshops on a variety of themes, including ecological water management, installation of a productive gardening space, permaculture techniques, waste management including recycling and recuperation, using established urban agriculture principles aligned with public health standards.
- Participate in the production of a guide on urban agriculture
- Urban agriculture work with our Malian partner.

- Number of participants : 6 interns and 1 accompanier
- Overseas placement : From 7 June to 6 August 2011 (60 days)
- Pre-departure training : From 1 November 2010 to 7 June 2011


3. Application criteria

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

Other :

- Have a proven interest or knowledge in urban agriculture and permaculture
- Have a proven interest for environmental issues linked 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 Spanish
- Have a good knowledge of French

Other:

- Have already undertaken a cooperation internship in the internship country or region
- Have a proven interest or knowledge in urban agriculture and permaculture


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

Where?
Alternatives
3720, ave. Du Parc (corner Des Pins)
2nd floor
Montréal
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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