Project in Ethiopia is looking for volunteers
MULU ECO LODGE AND CONSERVATION IN CHOKE MOUNTIAN AT THE SOURCE OF THE BLUE NILE!
Welcome to the Choke Mountains at over 3,000 meters altitude at the source of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. At our cozy Ecolodge culture, nature and society form a natural unity.
We are striving to fight rural exodus from this rich piece of earth by introducing smooth eco-tourism and working on community projects of our NGO (founded 3 years ago in Germany for educational projects in Ethiopia).
It’s a genuine experience for tourists and a strong force for the preservation of the regional workforce, the cultural heritage and the unique environment.
We are looking potential volunters in the list of this projects to be done.
On our land we don´t have electricity or pipe water, as all the farmers there. In the nearest village (about 2km) is an electricity line but also no water connection. We work very closely with the farmer community which is cultivating the fields in this area in a traditional way with oxen and plough. There is a lot of ancient knowledge how to find solutions for living off the grid without electricity connection and water pipes. By you and your ideas we want to create a mutual benefit from ancient ways of living of the farmers and modern off-grid and agricultural systems.
We can all learn a lot from each other!
We welcome anybody who shares our ideology and who is motivated to convert ideas into real projects! We are very happy about people who have some experience in one of the following projects but also if you bring a great interest and some time, please contact us!
The following projects partly need imported materials (e.g. water pump or filters): We will discuss with you if you have space in your luggage to bring it, and if you are interested to take full responsibilty for the project and do a small fundraising for the materials you need?)
You can take responsibility or share it in the following topics
(all are projects of our NGO to benefit the farmer community):
→ English / Sport lessons for the farmers children
→ Help in building and finishing the Community House
→ Organising / Building the Elementary School
-> Help to cook food and teach new recipes for the locals (they mostly dont use fresh vegetables)
-> Biogas! This could help preventing deforestation for firewood as a model for all the farmers in the surrounding.
-> water pumping system: the place is about 80m above the river, maybe possible with the hydraulic RAM pumps?
-> water cleaning/filtering system
-> waste water management
-> clay / earthen building techniques: we built huts according to the local knowledge with a wood structure which is covered in cob, but to prevent further reforestation we are very interested in learning and trying out other cob construction methods without wood, like with tyres, sandbags, or sun dried cob bricks. All materials are on site or available in Ethiopia. We also want too learn more about building rocket Mass heaters to improve the farmers living conditions.
-> Permaculture, Food Forest, Organic Gardening
-> Bamboo furnitures / construction: there is a lot of bamboo in our area and also some local handcraft knowledge about the usage. We would be very happy about an exchange if one of you have own experiences with bamboo! That could be used for the school furnitures.
-> Compost toilets for school and community house
So all in all we need brain power, as well as experience!;)
If you have any own ideas that may fit to our concept, we are very open to discuss and implement!
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