Development of a holistic village based on a sustainable concept

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

For this GLEN project you should have interest in engineering, sustainable economy or/and tourism. Useful skills are knowledge in architecture, design, craft, marketing, business development, IT, graphic design, interior design, sustainability. You can learn how to deal with social inequalities or consequences of natural disasters. Building on respect, integrity, dignity, productivity, trust and inclusiveness you can experience the practical use of sustainability, alternative education systems, sustainable development and community empowerment.

The host organization Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF) was founded in 2008. Currently, it consists of 30 full-time and 12 part-time staff members. KRMEF’s mission is to foster health and well-being in Nepal’s most impoverished communities by encouraging sustainable change through environmentally friendly programmes. The aim of KRMEF is to create a healthy, sustainable environment that embodies eco-friendly practices for the well-being of local communities. KRMEF acts as a training center for local people by holding various workshops about handcraft and ecological architecture, using recycling waste and natural building materials. The foundation also promotes biodynamic farming methods. Currently, KRMEF is involved in a number of redeveloping projects in Dhading which suffered a lot from the earthquake. The project takes place in Khahare, a quarter of Kathmandu, Nepal. Participants will be accommodated at the foundation in fully furnished double/triple rooms, meals will also be provided.

As GLEN intern you will engage in developing jewelry workshop ideas with a group of women working in the organization. Besides, you will participate in the design, construction and building process of houses that use bottles as construction material. In addition, you support the IT management of the website and the creation of newsletters and reports. Furthermore, you will actively promote the foundation in Kathmandu and worldwide as well as promoting the Leela’s Cafe for tourists. Interns are also encouraged to contribute with new ideas to a more sustainable development of the village in fields such as biodynamic farming, natural building materials, alternative energy supply, or developing a Waldorf school concept.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by an Estonian a German and a Slovakian participant, working together with one Nepali intern.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Agriculture, Tourism,

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Tourism, IT/Web Design, Social Services, Craft

Field(s) of study: Agriculture, Engineering Science, Communication Science, Cultural Studies, Tourism, Economy,

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Environmental Science, Tourism

Period of the internship: 3 months between August 2017 and October 2017

Country: Nepal

Number of Participants: 3

Proposed by: The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation

Classification of the internship in the development fields:

Number of the internship: 50004002-1117


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