Community Links International Immersion Trip Proposal for River Glen Families Jim Petkiewicz, Founder April 04, 2012. Community-Based Education. Environmental Work. Sustainability. Cultural Immersion. Contents. Who We Are What We Do Logistics & Accommodations Safety & Health Concerns
Community Links International
Immersion Trip Proposal for
River Glen Families
Jim Petkiewicz, Founder
April 04, 2012
Community Links is an environmental, service-learning, immersion, volunteer, and international educational organization. Through cross-border, cross-cultural immersion experiences we provide people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to learn about the interconnectedness of our local, national, and global realities. We also teach participants to recognize how our lifestyles, values, choices and consumption patterns affect people, cultures and the environment the world over.
Through our project we work with local NGO's, community leaders, local governments, families, friends, and other organizations at the grassroots, regional, and international levels in order to develop opportunities of encounter and solidarity among people from both hemispheres in the Americas.
Bolivia - Cochabamba
San Juan Bautista
Lima and Chuquibamba
In the Mixteca region of Oaxaca, Mexico, Jesús León Santos leads an unprecedented land renewal and economic development program that employs ancient indigenous agricultural practices to transform this barren, highly eroded area into rich, arable land. With his organization, the Center for Integral Small Farmer Development in the Mixteca (CEDICAM), a democratic, farmer-led local environmental organization, León has united the area’s small farmers. Together, they have planted more than one million native-variety trees, built hundreds of miles of ditches to retain water and prevent soil from eroding, and adapted traditional Mixteca indigenous practices to restore the regional ecosystem. Efforts are paying off as barren hillsides turn green again, aquifers are recharged, and the high rate of migration slows as indigenous farming families find they are able to make a living at home.
For his work with CEDICAM, Jesús León Santos won the ‘Goldman Environmental Prize’ in 2008 for North America.
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