Awassa Summer Camp 2008
Together with Ethiopian authorities the plan was made in 2007 to stage an international gathering of students from all over the world as "work camp" during school holidays to offer different courses to pupils of primary school age as a motivation for further education. Philipp, an International Development graduate from the University of East London, UK, and former logistics trainee in Barcelona, Spain, was the coordinator. He put together a group of students and professionals from Spain, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Chile, Australia and Jamaica. The group was then complemented by Ethiopian students from the Awassa University. Planning and realizing such a project took months and was only possible through the enthusiasm of the young people. EBCC assisted financially but, all in all, merely played a supporting role.
A professional Photographer, Anouk Nitsche, was part of the group and had a successful exhibition in Barcelona (03/2009). Please see her blogspot http://t-r-avel.blogspot.com/ featuring pictures from her trip to Ethiopia in 2008.
Summer Camp 2008 (Ethiopian Year 2000)
(Source: Invitation to participating students)
- The Summer Camp will take place in the month of August 2008 (In Ethiopia it's the
millennium year 2000 - they have a different calendar!)
- The Summer Camp will last 3 weeks. At the end of the Camp, we will organize a big gathering where all the groups can perform, present and exhibit what they have learned and produced during the Camp. Furthermore, during the last days of our Camp the Edget Baandnet Children will be playing against the children from the village in volleyball, table tennis, basketball, etc., so this could be a challenge for all our sports trainers ☺! Volunteers can use the 2-3 days
before and after the Camp to acclimatize, to prepare their courses and/or to travel.
- Due to the fact that our Summer Camp 2000 takes place in the rainy season, we have to be
prepared for some rainy afternoons. We will have all four classrooms of Edget Baandnet
Primary School at our disposal for the courses during the entire month of August
(official school holidays).
- Edget Baandnet Primary School has 491 pupils: 300 girls and 191 boys. Towards the end of
the semester, they will be asked which courses they want to participate in. So I need to
know what exactly we want to offer and more detailed dimensions of the courses. (See
- We will have a couple of bicycles at our disposal.
Course offers: drama, soccer, basketball, cooking, hygiene, circus, aikido, arts, photography, English, treasure hunt, for example.
(Philipp Bernhardt, on behalf of EBCC Germany)