2016-12-21

Pacheco Project: Gardening as a Profession

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

During my time with Voluntario Global I have had the pleasure of visiting the Pacheco community centre project every Wednesday.

Each week I join the young people from the local community as they learn about sustainable development, agriculture and key gardening skills. The teacher gives classes both in the classroom and out in the garden, with the aim of spreading knowledge of sustainable practices and giving the students the tools and confidence to take on gardening as a profession. I always find these lessons very interesting and every week I am learning new skills and facts.

When the weather allows, the students at Pacheco have practical outdoor classes. The group have a set of goals for their outdoor garden space and greenhouse and with each class comes a to-do list of tasks in order to move towards these goals. The outdoor sessions vary each week sometimes sowing seeds and planting new fruits, vegetables or herbs, or rearranging and creating new spaces for planting. Students also maintain the growing areas and the grass, and work in the greenhouse. The students now have an impressive gardening knowledge and after brief instructions and a few pointers from their teacher, they work speedily and skilfully through their tasks, whilst still finding time to chat and laugh together. Every couple of hours the group breaks to share a well-deserved mate and reflect on the progress.

The students also have indoor classes in their classroom, learning vital background information about sustainable development and agriculture to support their practical work. The students sit together with mate and biscuits, sharing ideas and reading and discussing texts. The classroom walls are filled with A3 posters full of notes and ideas on various topics, written by the students. Everyone is encouraged to participate and question anything that they don’t understand and the students are always very enthusiastic.

My favourite thing about the lessons at Pacheco is the closeness of the group and how the comfort and informality of the classes encourages everyone to share their ideas. It makes the experience more light-hearted and enjoyable. A very pleasant way to spend a Wednesday afternoon!

Read 4444 times

Related items

Racism hasn’t Ended in South America, It has Grown

With the recent political manifestations in Bolivia that have polarized the country into two different bands, the ones that support and don’t support Evo Morales, racism between indigenous and non indigenous people has come to light in the country. Here’s a reflexion about this issue that can help us reflect about the ongoing racism towards our tribes and the indigenous people of our continent. 

 

Meet Udo and Manu, our new volunteers from Germany!

Udo and Manu are our most recent volunteers from Germany. While they are currently studying, they decided to take some time off school to come to Argentina and help its locals by volunteering with us. We talked to them about their current experience with us and made them a few questions. Here’s what they had to say.

It's NOT a Resignation, it's a Coup!

After learning about the coup d’etat against president Evo Morales, the social organizations of Argentina stand up to defend democracy and peace in our continent.  Voluntario Global and Pacheco Community marched in solidarity with the Bolivian people who have worked hard to build a sovereign country based on social justice.

Argentina without Hunger

Brief reflection of the Pacheco Community on the document "Argentina sin hambre".

Let's Talk about Communitary Health!

This week we participated in a health workshop at one of our projects in José León Suárez where some of the members of Pacheco Community and two doctors that work in health centers of the outskirts of Buenos Aires, talked about the importance of building the concept of health from our community. 

Planet Earth is in Emergency and the Youth of Argentina Marches for its Future

In Argentina, thousands of people also joined this global strike and we walked from Plaza de Mayo to Congress to support and witness this important event.

Four-week Language Immersion Study Trip to England

This is an opportunity to maximize your English language skills by means of an immersion study trip.

Login to post comments

VOLUNTARIO GLOBAL

Voluntario Global helps local communities by being available to discuss anything that local organizations need, and offering ideas for further change and development.
Read more...

CONTACT

Location: General Pacheco. Buenos Aires. Argentina
Email: jfranco@voluntarioglobal.org

© Copyright 2016 luppino.com.ar