What is a Village Concept Project?
Village Concept Projects are IAAS activities with a community impact. These projects can be as simple as visiting primary schools to give lessons about agriculture, and as complex as installing and maintaining irrigation for a community. Village Concept Projects can take place in every IAAS country.
Why engage in Village Concept Projects?
Village Concept Projects enrich your IAAS chapter’s local connection with agriculture, and adds value to your chapter. Community involvement is also a huge boost in visibility, appeal to sponsors and other fundraising activities.
What is the history of Village Concept Projects?
Village Concept Projects were started in the late eighties. Several international student organizations were then working together to help societies. IAAS was mainly responsible for the agricultural part. The projects were very popular in African, American and Asian countries during the 1990s. Many European students got also involved when they went working for several weeks in VCPs in other regions. Currently, IAAS Indonesia is most active in Village Concept Projects, but also IAAS Belgium recently started with their own Village Concept Project. VCPs are not only taking place in small villages anymore, every IAAS project where our members bring positive changes in their community could become an IAAS Village Concept Project.
How do I start a Village Concept Project?
- Identify a need in your community that matches the interests of your IAAS members.
- Define your target group (children, elderly, farmers…), scope and timeline. Start small and let it grow.
- Find persons and/or organizations that will help you reach your goals.
- Launch your activity and tell others in IAAS about your Village Concept Project!