Education and Training
ECHO is committed to providing hands-on training to missionaries and development workers preparing to work overseas. Workshops and Courses provided at ECHO give participants an opportunity to see ECHO's work in networking sustainable options to hunger in action as they participate, learn and integrate their studies into their future goals.
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Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally are encouraged to participate in this one-week course to be held four times per year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective.
This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers and nationals with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development. This is a week-long course offered annually at ECHO. Course attendees will participate in an in-depth look at sustainable farming practices for soil & water conservation, integrated techniques for small-scale farms, underutilized plants & their uses and field case studies from various regions of the world. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective.
Many common health problems around the world come from unhealthy behavior. Motivating people to make behavioral changes is difficult because the roots of behavior are in culturally determined beliefs and values. The arena for promoting behavioral changes is in dialogue about the cultural values and beliefs that underlie behavior.
This workshop will enable Christian health and community development personnel to help people improve their own health, agriculture, and nutrition through understanding and applying scientific, biblical and culturally appropriate principles, and making behavior changes necessary for transformational development.