Right from 1984, Arbutus has built up strong links with several persons and institutions in Germany, particularly Bremen. Arbutus is one of the oldest partners in the well-known Pune-Bremen Co-operation.
A regular exchange of ideas, information, and material is taking place with the Teachers' Training Centres and Ecology Workshops. Arbutus has also contributed to the 'India Box' at the Bremen Teachers' Training Centre.
In 2014-15, the project 'Good Life Today and Tomorrow', is being conducted for the youth of Pune and Bremen. This is aimed at establishing contacts with the young people in the two cities through exchange of information about their own life-styles, consumption patterns, and aspirations.
In 2010-11 Arbutus represented India in a unique teaching-learning project called 'EXCHANGE', where teachers and representatives from educational NGOs from Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and Tanzania, participated. As a result, an innovative tool-kit has been produced for a sustainable global learning titled, 'Learning To Take Action'. It gives basic information about relevant topics from different global perspectives.
In 1999-2000, a psychologist from Saarbrücken, Germany, actively participated in the Community Support Project of Arbutus, and took ideas, information, and material back to Germany to be used in similar projects there.
An NGO representative from Frankenthal, Germany, who worked in the area of Water Management, did her internship with Arbutus during 1999-2000. She prepared Education Material under the guidance of Dr Meera Bondre, Founder-Trustee of Arbutus. This material was later on translated into German, and is now being used at various institutions in Germany.
In August 1998, Arbutus trained a group of 47 Scouts and Guides, which visited Bremen, in Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.
Arbutus has been participating in several international conferences on Environment / Development. It has contributed in three International Conferences in 1991, one in Geneva, Switzerland and two in the USA which were preparatory to the Earth Summit at Rio (the UNCED) in 1992. It has also participated in the International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in 2005, in Ahmedabad, India.
Two members of the Arbutus team are also members of the Graduate Women International, and have established links with persons working in the field of education and women's empowerment in countries like New Zealand, Sierra Leone, and the Netherlands.
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