Hi, for those on the foru, who live in europe this might be interesting.
its a callout for people who can offer practical grounds and guidance for pc students, it went over the dutch pc-googlegroup
I am working to extend the French PmC apprenticeship scheme so that French and Türk PDC 'postgrduates' would have more places to work, study and live.
Your profile would be something like:-
Permaculture Diploma holder or equivalent 5 years experience on your project Dormitory or other accomodation space Library of permaculture texts Internet (ideally) Spare time to teach PmC Design, 5 hours a week ideally. Ability to speak French or Turkish would be an additional advantage, where this isn't the case only students proficient in your language would be proposed.
The system is based on the French Compagnonage system which was started in medieval times it works like this:- 'Masters' host apprentices and teach them the necessary skills Apprentices do a tour of several different places and 'Masters' to get a rounded and thorough training The system is free. At the end of their Tour and training, the Apprentice sets themselves up in their craft and also becomes a 'node' in the Tour that an Apprentice can visit for training.
We have kept these aspects and added in others:- An apprentice has completed an accredited Permaculture Design course. They are working towards their Diploma of PmC Design. Students who are working towards their Diploma but who are not following the apprenticeship route and who are based on and developing their own projects can also host Apprentices as a Companion, the apprentices' 'Tutor' is one of the Tutors at the Université Populaire de Permaculture.
So we have Apprentices :- working to gain their Diploma through working/studying on PmC sites and who have completed a PDC Companions :- those working towards their Diploma, based on their own projects who can host Apprentices. The latter are tutored from the UPP Companion Masters :- Those who have a Diploma (or equivalent), a project on which they are based and who host Apprentices and Tutor them directly.
If you would be interested in becoming a Companion Master or a Companion, and you fulfill the criteria above we would welcome your involvement.