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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. All courses are conducted in English and are taught in a small-group classroom setting. 

Click on the links below to learn more about ECHO's various workshop and course options:

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 multiple 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 with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered at the ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. Course attendees will participate in focused and hands-on instruction on a narrower subject matter; the topics offered change yearly. This course is a combination of small classroom instruction, hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Much of the course content is presented from a biblical perspective. Sample course topics: Underutilized Tropical Plants, Gardening in the Tropics, and Appropriate Technology.

Health, Agriculture, Culture and Community Workshop

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.

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