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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Scholarship Programme 2019

In 2019 11 scholarships took place. In total trainees spent 32 weeks in experiencing different approaches to sustainable rural development - NGO networking, community activities, farming, permaculture, building with earth and others. It was a throughout enriching experience - both for hosts and trainees!
Some of the reports are already available - read here:

SCHOLARSHIP EXPERIENCES 2019

From Kosovo to Finland

TRAINEE: Leotrim Germizaj, network of organisations for rural development. see his profile here
HOST: Kim Smedslund; EMO ry- LEADER group. See the profile here
Duration: 25.5.2019 - 6.6.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Participation in the daily work of a LAG and assisting the LAG development manager in his daily duties during the traineeship (animation, counselling, project support etc…)
  • Evaluation of the LAG practices, projects and the Finnish RD practices during all stay
  • Writing a trainee blog published in the LAG EMO website

From Greece to Greece

TRAINEE: Christos Karystinos
HOST: Christos Kontomanos, Kinoniki Sineteristiki Epichiris, a social cooperative. See the profile here
Duration: 1.7.2019 - 1.8.2019 (one month)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Farming activities.
  • Food collecting, proceeding and preserving activities
  • permaculture designing
  • Maintaining the building-facilities of the farm
  • Hosting people for workshops and training courses.
  • Taking part in experimental constructions, handcrafts etc.
  • learning how to set up a local sustainable rural project.

From Greece to Ireland

TRAINEE: Konstantina Tsimpragou, MSc student in Sustainable Development, see her profile here
HOST: Devyn Olson Sawyer, Cultivate Living and Learning, a practical sustainability organisation focused on active education. See the profile here
Duration: 9.7.2019 - 6.8.2019 (one month)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:
TASKS:

  • Exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals within the context of Fab Labs
  • Identifying workshops and activities that can be implemented for participants and groups of varying ages and backgrounds
  • Looking for connections and opportunities for the Cloughjordan Community Farm (a Community Supported Agriculture farm) to engage with and use the Fab Lab technologies
  • Research and contribute to a scoping document that describes a Food Hub based in the Green Enterprise Centre, the requirements and opportunities that emerge

OUTCOMES:

  • Fab Lab Project - potential collaboration between WeCreate Fab Lab and Cloughjordan Community Farm. Connection between Sustainable Development Goals and Targets with a Fab Lab. Suggestions about other projects and activities that a Fab Lab can implement in a rural context.
  • Food Hub - Better understanding of what a food hub and community kitchen are in a rural context, including the possible steps needed to establish a food hub as well as identifying challenges.

From Portugal to Latvia:

TRAINEE: Silva Garica Mafalda, see her profil here
HOST: Andris Visnevskis, Obelisk Farm - a family run hemp farm. See the profile here
Duration: 12.7. - 26.7.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Farm work (garden and fields: information and maintenance / introduction and explanation related to hemp (cultivation, processing, products)
  • participation in a local event "Countryside day 2019"
  • preparation of and participation in two regional events related to local food and arts
  • preparation for a course that will take place at the farm related to hemp as a building material.

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Lithuania to Latvia

TRAINEE: Darius Vaskys, teacher of landscape architecture, see his profile here
HOST: Aris Adlers, PPP association “Sernikon”, a coastal Local Action Group. See the profile here
Duration: 14.7.2019 - 27.7.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Getting to know the daily routine of rural development work in a LAG
  • Visiting greeneries in different cities (South, East Latvia)
  • Visiting small farm/farms (Helping farmers)
  • Visiting festival “Dzīves Kultīgā”
  • Translation of documents from English to Lithuanian about the Host organisation
  • Visiting of the LEADER projects

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Austria to Greece

TRAINEE: Martina Prigka, living in a rural place. See her profile here
HOST: Christos Kontomanos, Kinoniki Sineteristiki Epichiris, a social cooperative. See the profile here
Duration: 1.8.2019 - 16.9.2019 (6 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Permaculture and agriculture in general.
  • Natural building.
  • Preserving food
  • organizing workshops

From Croatia to Armenia

TRAINEE: Mislav Zuanovic, student of geography (spatial planning an regional development). See his profile here
HOST: Vahe Darbinyan, ABCD Innovation Centre - NGO. See the profile here
Duration: 2.8.2019-15.8.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Film club - we will see a documentary and afterwards have a discussion about the movie and the topic of the movie.
  • Workshop of upcycling old t-shirts - we will upcycle old t-shirts that we are not wearing anymore and learn how to make different things out of them and make them have a purpose again instead of throwing them away.
  • Making a map of the area - Kalavan area is badly mapped on most common map websites, I will try to make the situation better by making a map.
  • Presentation about Croatia
  • Interactive geography lesson

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Belgium to Ireland

TRAINEE: Tine Bielen, student in sustainable agriculture. See her profile here
HOST: Joanne Butler, OURganic, Community Gardens Ireland & Donegal Community Garden Network. See the profile here
Duration: 2.8.-7.9.2019 (1 month)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • food growing principles, how we designed the garden over ten years and how we are now designing the garden in line with the 12 permaculture principles
  • Looking at the organisational structure of OURganic Gardens
  • A visit to local community garden projects
  • hands on in the garden working with the volunteers and social farming group
  • development of the social enterprise

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Latvia to Armenia

TRAINEE: Madara Zamarina, involved in 2 Local Action Groups, student of spatial planning. See her profile here
HOST: Vahe Darbinyan, ABCD Innovation Centre - NGO. See the profile here
Duration: 5.8.2019-23.8.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • Language club. Since tourism is one of the main drivers of development in Kalavan village, it is important for the locals to be able to communicate well in English.
  • “Customer routing”. Workshop of tourist routing - “stepping into the tourist’s shoes” and “walking” through tourist experience starting from finding information, accommodations etc.
  • Workshop on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Participants are divided in several groups and each is given one or two sustainable development goals to discuss both within the group and between different groups.

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Germany to Ireland

TRAINEES: Alexandra Fuss and Tom van Tilburg, future farmers. See their profiles here and here
HOST: Joanne Butler, OURganic, Community Gardens Ireland & Donegal Community Garden Network. See the profile here
Duration: 20.9.2019-6.10.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • food growing principles, 12 permaculture principles
  • Looking at the organisational structure of OURganic Gardens
  • trainees will be involved in hosting an introduction to permaculture onsite
  • trainees will be involved in a national online meet up of all the community gardens involved in the running of CGI
  • hands on in the garden working with the volunteers
  • development of the social enterprise

REPORT:
Poster: open here

From Croatia to Latvia

TRAINEE: Franjo Toic, running a family farm on the Ilse of Cres. See his profile here
HOST: Aris Adlers, PPP association “Sernikon”, a coastal Local Action Group. See the profile here
Duration: 29.9.2019-13.10.2019 (2 weeks)

Elements of the WORKPLAN:

  • getting to know the rural area under LAG Sernikon
  • LAG activities on the Eastern remote part of Latvia

REPORT:
Poster: open here