Taking care of our home
We need to develop the capacity to heal our home – to become stewards through the way we live our own lives, go about our business and care for our communities.
Gondwana Alive offer mentorship and support that help individuals and institutions to grow and become stewards of our planet.
Mentorship & Training
General – helping young environmentalists to develop their careers in the sector, such as in the Groen Sebenza project, or incorporate green consciousness into their life and work such as in our GrowGreen Gardens project or our GrowGreen Youth project.
Supportive – such as helping the Board and Management at !Khwa ttu to strategically develop and grow the organization.
Specific – such as helping develop a young, local team to develop and operate a network of trails for the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, or developing specific skills in small business, management, marketing & communications, restoration, permaculture, path building & maintenance, assessment & monitoring, communications (language, social media), and mentorship itself.
Modular, semi-structured Mentorship Programme for community stewards
Formal courses and studies are designed to teach certain fundamental knowledge and skills. Our on-the-job practical training and mentorship is often a semi-structured extension of more formal studies and courses – designed to put key fundamentals into practice in the work place or real life contexts, thereby further instilling and growing what has been learned.
Mentorship can be offered face to face or via distance mentoring.
Our full community steward mentorship programme includes a series of semi-structured modules:
Nature Connection – series of experiences guided by skilled facilitators and designed to connect people with nature.
The Art of Nature – This module in basic ecology is designed to provide an understanding of how nature works, where we fit into that picture and the importance of how we make decisions and go about our lives and work. At its core, are several nature connection experiences. It is meant for anyone with an interest in nature – basement to boardroom.
The Art of Practice – This module in basic project development, management and implementation is designed to help the mentee get a new project off the ground and maintain (institute) the results.
The Art of Growth – This course in basic business is designed to instil entrepreneurial spirit and behaviours that help someone to find and keep a job, get a new business off the ground, and make the ensuing wealth work for them.
The Art of Sharing – this trains the trainers module in basic facilitation and mentorship is designed to help community stewards share what they have learned, thereby helping to develop more community stewards.
Selected practical skills: Eco-friendly gardening, eco-friendly housekeeping, eco-friendly trail building and maintenance, eco-friendly herding practice, basic alien plant clearing planning and practice, Environmental Monitoring (through OTS).
These modules are soon to be offered online and facilitated through distance mentoring options.
I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I’ve learned.
Why we support Community Steward development
Formal courses and studies are a fine way to gain more knowledge and an important part of personal growth and development. However, they seldom prepare students for implementing knowledge in the work place or in real life contexts. Mentorship, particularly semi-structured mentorship can help to develop the skills and behaviour required to put knowledge into practice.
How we support community steward development
By offering mentorship and support to facilitate growth and development of environmentally conscious individuals and institutions.