Corps Africa is a nonprofit organization that was created in 2011 by a former Peace Corps Volunteer. The organization seeks to recognize and build on the Peace Corps's enormous success by offering the same transformative experience to emerging leaders in Africa, giving them the chance to be a part of the solution for their own countries.
Every year, Corps Africa organizes a one-month 'pre-service' training. As part of this year’s activities, volunteers visited the Taaru Askan farm. Volunteers undertook several trainings provided by the Taaru Askan owners and farm staff, which emphasized the benefits of eating healthy, the dangers associated with pesticide and chemical use in conventional farming, and the importance of organic gardening and farming in their local communities. Corps Africa staff and volunteers also participated in several team-building activities at the Taaru Askan farm.
Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program
Every spring, American Councils for International Education holds a two-week English language camp for students selected for the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. The YES program is funded by the U.S. State Department and gives 14 Senegalese high school students an opportunity to live and study in the U.S. for one year.
A key component of the English language camp are trainings on urban gardening and organic farming. As part of their study on urban farming and organic agriculture, students visit the Taaru Askan farm to experience organic farming firsthand. They are able to see how people are growing organic produce in Senegal and talk with the owners and staff at the farm. This year, YES students had a great time learning about organic farming and more about Taaru Askan! Students were able to help out by watering kale, bok choy and other things growing in the garden. They also learned Taaru Askan's CSA, which is an important part of Taaru Askan’s business plan and means of working and forming meaningful relationships with consumers, other organic farmers and researchers. Students also participated in several community service activities, which included cleaning up litter from a nearby beach, painting signs for Taaru Askan, and taking care of newborn puppies. American Councils looks forward to bringing more groups of students to Taaru Askan in order to educate them on the importance of community service and organic gardening.
We receive families with young children interested in visiting the farm. It is a great chance for kids to experience the farm life by participating in farm work and learn about organic farming in Senegal.
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