Applications accepted for Foodgrains Bank tour to Ethiopia

Two-week trip takes place this July and the deadline to apply is April 25

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting applications for its first-ever youth educators learning tour to Ethiopia in July 2015.

Tour participants will visit Foodgrains Bank projects and learn firsthand about the issues surrounding global hunger and the people whose lives it affects.

“Our hope is that by allowing Canadian educators to hear the stories of people affected by global hunger, meet those people, and spend time with them, they will be better equipped them to share about global hunger issues with their students,” says Foodgrains Bank youth engagement co-ordinator Roberta Gramlich.

“This tour will allow educators a better understanding of the root causes of global hunger, and help them incorporate these lessons into their lessons and interactions with youth,” she says.

“Some of the topics we hope to explore include food security, small-scale agriculture, different models of development, and global citizenship.”

The two-week long tour will begin early July. It includes visits to Canadian Foodgrains Bank projects, interactions with Ethiopian farmers, meetings with government officials in Ethiopia, and visits to Ethiopian marketplaces and shops.

Prior to leaving, an orientation will take place where participants will learn more about Canadian Foodgrains Bank, as well as prepare for cultural experience on which they are embarking.

Anyone who is an educator of children, youth or young adults is welcome to apply to go on the tour. This includes youth pastors, secular and Christian school teachers, 4-H leaders, and anyone else who engages young Canadians.

The cost of the tour is $3,000, and includes all airfare and in-country costs.

There is some opportunity for financial support with the tour upon request. The deadline for the tour is April 25, 2015.

For more information, go to http://foodgrainsbank.ca/current-tours/ or contact Roberta Gramlich at rgramlich@foodgrainsbank.ca