The Kulturweit program aspires to encourage north-south cultural exchange among youth of partner states, with the vision building a culture of peace and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. During their period, the volunteers will be assigned, various tasks to gain experience and knowledge in their respective areas of posting. Two will be stationed at the KNATCOM’s Head Offices and four will be posted to Mount Elgon and Mount Kenya Biosphere Reserves.
The day-to-day work exposure in Biosphere Reserve allow the volunteers to understand the concept of Biosphere reserve better and gain real time experience in their management. This is possible as they interact with managers of the core area and the buffer and also interactions with local communities in the transition zone. They will also gain experience in ecology, sustainable management in terms of conservation and resource use and other social economic and cultural aspects of the local communities. At the same time, the volunteers would actively support KNATCOM’s areas of work such as implementation, of activities, administration, community engagement, among others including organization of events and reporting.
The exchange programme aspires that by the time of their return, the volunteers will have made good use of all their new experiences and appreciated different ways of living and working. It is also envisaged that they will have expanded competencies of work for a more multicultural society, and have broadened their perspective on global contexts.