Establishing an environmental sciences fun club for youth

Are you passionate about environmental protection? Do you enjoy working with teenagers? For this project, we are looking for two participants who have experience in organic gardening and a strong interest in environmental awareness activities. You should also be competent in conducting qualitative research, using methods such as observation and interviews. If you are additionally a team player with very good English language and intercultural communication skills who interacts easily with people, this project might be exactly what you are looking for.

Founded in 2005, the host organisation, Embracing Hidden Talents (EHT) Network, is a non-governmental organisation offering educational support to underprivileged children. The EHT Network implements projects in the areas of education, health, and environmental protection. Currently, the organisation has three fulltime staff members and seven volunteers and is based in the town Adusah in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The EHT Network operates in three regions of Ghana: in Greater Accra and also in the country’s western and central regions. Through its educational support programmes, the EHT Network sponsors 192 children’s attendance at primary, junior high, and senior high Schools. In collaboration with the local community and the Ministry of Health, the EHT Network has just opened a community clinic in Busua Township which in three months has already treated over 350 patients. In addition, its Green Village in Adusah – Accra Project focuses on establishing an organic vegetable garden managed by local children and a catfish and tilapia farm. The garden and fish farm will serve as sources of practical education for children and income for the organisation and for local families.

As a GLEN participant you would assist the ETH Network in establishing an Environmental Sciences Fun Club for teenagers 12-17 years of age. By conducting research you would explore attitudes towards waste management and the use of chemicals on food production, as well as their effect on local citizens. Based on your research, you would support the ETH Network in hosting workshops in the Green Village for teenagers, introducing practical solutions for waste management and the use of inorganic materials. In connection with the Environmental Sciences Fun Club, you would promote backyard organic vegetable gardening aimed at improving health in villages. Beyond this, you would engage in educational games and afterschool activities such as scrabble and table tennis. Organizing educational movie nights on Fridays will also be a task performed by GLEN participants.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between August and October 2018.

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

The GLEN team will be comprised of one German participant and one Slovene participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Education; Children & Youth; Ecology, Environment & Climate

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Natural Sciences and Environmental Protection; Social Issues; Teaching and Education

Field(s) of study: Humanities; Sociology and Social Sciences; Education and Pedagogy

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Environmental Sciences; Sustainable Development

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and October 2018

Country: Ghana

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Embracing Hidden Talents Network (EHT)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Education (2); Children & Youth (8); Ecology, Environment & Climate (9)

Number of the internship: 1124


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