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  • The GK International Farm Village Kids’ Camp: A Unique Summer Learning Experience

    Discover the magic of our land during a 2-day overnight weekend
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
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    Camp Programs for Summer 2014
    The summer programs are “designed to inspire future generations of leaders, social entrepreneurs and innovators by engaging young people through fun and exciting hands-on learning experiences.”

    One of the programs, the International Farm Village Kids' Camp, was designed for children ages 6 to 12. Children are invited to discover the magic of our land during a two-day overnight weekend camp and experience fun-filled activities that include a farm-azing race, golden egg hunt, cheese and chocolate making, toy workshop, farm-to-table cooking, and an animal farm adventure.

    Dates: April 26 & 27 (Batch 1) and May 10 & 11 (Batch 2)

    Location: GK Enchanted Farm, Angat, Bulacan

    Fees: P3,500 per person (50% deposit required)

    Details: Includes overnight accommodations, meals, materials, and transportation from Metro Manila to the GK Enchanted Farm. Program of activities tailored for parents (but participation is optional).

    We asked Raf Dionisio, one of the people behind the Kids' Camp, a few questions about the program:

    Q: Who are the main organizers/movers behind the International Farm Village Kids' Camp?
    A: It was planned by the GK Enchanted Farm, whose founder is Tony Meloto, who also founded Gawad Kalinga (GK).It's currently overall managed by Vicki Cabrera.

    Q: What led to the conceptualization of the International Farm Village Kids' Camp?
    A: We want to encourage kids to discover the beauty of the Philippines, to enjoy and connect with nature, to connect with poor communities, and to see that we can produce a lot of high-value food using local materials. We hope that these kids become entrepreneurs one day so we want to try to build their confidence and expose them to many products.

    Q: What can participants — kids and parents — expect from the Camp?
    A: (They will) learn how to make cheese, chocolate, plant herbs, do vermiculture. It will be hosted by an international team of Filipino and French entrepreneurs.

    Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm also offers the following:
    •    International Farm Village Career Camp (for high school students)
    •    Social Business Start-up Camp (for college students)

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    For registration and inquiries, please email info@gkenchantedfarm.com or call (0916) 225 3363. Limited slots only. Log on to http://www.gk1world.com/enchanted-farm-summer-camps for more details.

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