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Integral Permaculture in the Canary Islands
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Oct 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EVS project "Integral Permaculture in the Canary Islands" involves four volunteers from Poland, Sweden and Slovakia learning about the science of sustainability and putting it into practice in an EcoVillage Project in Spain.It is the result of cooperation between FRSP (Poland), RELEARN Suderbyn (Sweden), PHZ (Slovakia) and Asociacion Gaia Taisiri (Spain), and the project activities will take place in the municipality of Garafía over the period of 12 months (01/08/2016-31/07/2017). The primary objective is to provide the volunteers with the opportunity to learn basic entrepreneur skills, inclusion and participation, as well as acquire knowledge of design, science and all aspects of working on ecosystem restoration at the same time as contributing to an ethical and sustainable bioregional economy, while also learning about living and working in community as part of an eco-village project. This project was also designed to document all of their process so it can be shared with other practitioners worldwide through their design portfolios (which will also serve as proof of their capabilities in design, implementation and especially leadership and teamwork skills), and also through online newsletters, magazine articles and a YouTube channel where we will publish regular videos showing different aspects of their life and experiences here, which will help to inspire and inform others to make positive changes in their lives and communities.The planned activities include studying the science of sustainability and working to develop a variety of design projects and the associated infrastructures of the ecovillage project, helping the organisation with the daily tasks of living in a farm and administrative tasks (like accounting, team coordination, budgeting, mentoring and support of others, etc.) which will help develop the necessary skills for launching any busines, and contributing their skills and produce grown in the farm to various exchange networks to enrich the local economy, while also collaborating with and supporting other local projects, NGOs and charities so they can have a wider range of experiences and enrich the local collaboration networks, and working to disseminate information and results on some critical aspects of how to integrate social and environmental restoration to the local public.Planned Methods: project design, management and implementation; audiovisual classes on the different aspects of Integral Permaculture Design (People Care, Design Techniques, Earth Care, Energy & Technology and EcoEconomics); workshops on all the skills necessary to develop their design projects; continuous documentation of the process, study and practice; facilitating shared information and collaboration between organizations; regular evaluation meetings to share feedback and course-correct; regular support meetings with residents of the ecovillage and external supporters and facilitators.The project envisages gaining new experience, skills and knowledge by the volunteers which will help them set up sustainable initiatives that will also serve to enrich the labour market - contributing to the economic, social and environmental development of their own country - and provice them with good opportunities for career growth. The experiences we gain with these volunteers will also serve to inspire other sustainability practitioners worldwide and help us develop a programme for a Master's degree in Permaculture by refining the curriculum, support structures and teaching methods we have set in place.
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