Dindefelo Summer Camp
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Info about the Dindefelo Summer Camp
Last year, local Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), in cooperation with a local development association, hosted a summer camp for eighteen middle-school students in an eco-tourist village.
The camp goal is to extend valuable life skills such as leadership, communication and entrepreneurship to students who have no venue to learn them. These skills will make the students more attractive hires in a narrow local job market and allow them to play a stronger role in the development of their home communities.
In addition, through working with PCVs, local counterparts will learn skills in camp management and programming. The local development association, made of forward-thinking young professionals, aspires to be completely in charge of the camp within the next five years.
The proposal requests materials necessary for the running of a week long camp and a three-day training for local counterparts. This includes food, tools, writing materials and transportation. The campements of the community are contributing their services at deep discount and all counselors will be unpaid.
This year, the two organizations look to double the scope of the camp and establish it as an annual event. New students will be invited to allow more people access to these skills. Last year’s students will also be invited reinforce and expand upon their experience. More counterparts will be more closely included throughout the entire process.
With US summer camps as a model, campers will take part in team-building, educational and recreational activities and also learn technical skills that they can take home with them. Ultimately, all parties involved will walk away from the week-long camp smarter, more capable and having had a great time.