G-BIACK INTERN PROGRAMME
INTERNSHIP IN BIOINTENSIVE FOOD RAISING TECHNIQUES, ECOLOGICAL GARDENING AND WHOLE SYSTEMS APPROACH, BIO-SAFETY ISSUES, COMMUNITY OUTREACH SKILLS, AND APPLICATIONS TO IMPROVE NUTRITION, ALLEVIATE POVERTY, AND MITIGATE AFFECTS OF HIV/AIDS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES.
GENERAL BUDGET (exchange rate calculated at $1 = ksh72):
Daily expenses for one intern:
1. Meals - $12 .
2. Accommodation - $8. G-BIACK has housing for visitors and interns.
3. Daily transport to/from accommodation to the centre, etc - $2
4. Facilitation fee (for training by G-BIACK staff) - $8
SUB-TOTAL: $30 per day
5. Directors” fee (stipend) $100/week
6. Books and materials - $500
These materials and books will be used during the internship and will belong to the interns to take home for their projects. These will include a set of Ecology Action books.
7. Field trips to Biointensive farmer communities and other Biointensive programmes. Average cost approximately $50 per trip (for intern and G-BIACK staff). In general, two field trips per week is desirable.
8. Email, phone: One person three months - $150
9. Transport from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport to G-BIACK (Thika) by taxi one way - $7
10. Not included: medical expenses; laundry services; costs of activities during free time; personal items.
Interns should bring the following:
a.) spending money for personal items and activities.
c.) sturdy shoes
d.) at least 6 pairs of socks,
f.) warm sweater in case of cool weather
h.) rain gear if internship is during rain season
h.) all personal effects e.g. tooth paste, toothbrush, toiletries. shoe polish,, etc.
i.) laptop computer if possible. (This is an important tool for management of a Biointensive programme. Good record-keeping, reporting, and accounting are necessary skills for management of any project.)
• Monday through Friday Biointensive training.
• Approximately two visits to Biointensive farmer communities in the field per week to visit G-BIACK network Biointensive programmes in order to meet with Biointensive farmers. These field trips include teaching practice for the interns when appropriate.
• Saturdays: Usually some Biointensive activities on alternate Saturdays, other Saturdays free.
• Sundays free.
G-BIACK Interns Preparation:
Before coming to G-BIACK interns are asked to prepare information about their project and about the location where they are going to establish a Biontensive centre, for example: size of plot (for garden planning), soil make up, local foods and cultural preferences, availability of self pollinating seeds, etc.
Depending on availability and specific needs, some seeds or seedlings may be provided for the interns to take home at the end of the internship.
G-BIACK will always be available for consultation by email or telephone. Additional follow up programmes may be arranged as appropriate.