SYFA’s local volunteer network consists of around 15 young volunteers (including some university students) who dedicate their spare time to learn practical environmental protection techniques while working on local projects led by Farmer Tantoh. The older volunteers perpetuate this knowledge by taking organic greenery to their own towns and passing the knowledge to other youth in their areas. By working with SYFA, the volunteers gain both agriculture skills and monetary assistance. Through the sale of SYFA’s organic flowers, volunteers have been able to purchase guinea pigs and rabbits. The faeces of these animals are used as fertilizer and the animals are bred and sold as an extra source of income. The program also receives support from appreciative community members, which helps the volunteers pay for their school, household, and medical expenses.
SYFA also has received and hosted many international volunteers through WWOOF, university internships, fellowships, and independently organized trips. In Cameroon, the volunteers have been involved in all aspects of SYFA’s organization and activities. Long after their visits, they remain valuable members of the SYFA team, acting as SYFA’s ambassadors to the outside world.
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