Work in an Urban Garden

Volunteer Program Overview

Plan, plant, prune, water, weed, harvest, educate, and eat.  In less than one year, previous volunteers at Community in Action turned a former trash-burning site into a flourishing urban community garden. Learn and teach about tropical urban gardening, medicinal plants, nutrition, and conservation.  Work in local schools to start small gardens for students and work in a local favela community garden.

Language Requirements: There is no language requirement

The Need

In the Complexo do Alemão, as in many low-income communities, access to fresh and healthy food is inadequate, leading to high rates of obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. Urban community gardens can help mitigate these nutrition problems. Community in Action’s partner garden provides free vegetables to residents and is the focus of a curriculum that incorporates nutrition, public health, horticulture, and environmental education.  It is unique and very rare to find this type of garden in the favela.

Implementation Details

  • Design/Deliver garden-based educational curriculum in local schools
  • Network with local community residents and Community in Action staff
  • Introduce new gardening techniques to youth in the favela
  • Contribute to material costs: seeds, soil, tools, and supplies

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