Domestic Study Abroad
Have you ever felt like going to school is like living in a bubble? Do you want to burst the bubble and engage with the practical realities only outlined by academic theorists? If so, we invite you to join us for a Domestic Study Abroad trip working with our community.
Typical Study Abroad programs provide students the critical opportunity to continue their education outside of their college campuses and comfort zones across the world, but are oftentimes far removed from the realities facing the United States' most fragile communities. Domestic Study Abroad gives students the same chance to broaden their horizons along with the capability to have significant social impact in their home country - at a fraction of the price.
Curtailed for all groups of all ages, backgrounds and places in their life paths, we grow a curricular structure arond the essential questions facing your communities.
We welcome interns from across the country to come work with us. Interns work with us directly on our farm in the Lower 9th Ward, engaging in various daily and long-term tasks to build our capacity, work with service learning groups from across the country, and work with our youth. Focuses are typically shaped around a long-term project, that can include, but is not limited to:
(1) Building an innovative grant platform -- research, writing, imagination, and coordination
(2) Research - long-term research on topics ranging from food security projects to blighted property statistics to food systems information
(3) Designing revenue stream projects (mushroom growing enterprises, expanding the compost operation, etc).
How to apply:
Please e-mail Alex Goldman: firstname.lastname@example.org with "Internship" in the subject line. Include:
(1) A short essay (1-2 pages) that details your interest, the desired length of the internship, describe who yo are, where you come from, relevant skills and life experiences, and how those have lead you to want to be an intern at Blair Grocery. Also please include which aspect(s) of our work you are most interested in and a brief description of what you would like to accomplish as part of your work with us.
(2) At least two references with names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and their relationship to you.
(3) Your resume
All interns must have a positive attitude, an ability to receive constructive criticism, and a strong work ethic.
Local Service Learning
Process matters to us. Service learning with us is just as much about you and your communities as much as it is about us and ours.
We measure the value of our time together; not in terms of what we've been able to do, but in terms of what it might be able to empower you to do. What matters most is what you take away, not what you leave behind. If you are ready to learn, work, and challenge yourselves to think in new ways through hands-on experiential and context-based learning, we welcome you. We welcome individuals, groups, friends, families, classes, and clubs of any age, both one time and recurring trips for any length of time. For service learning/site visit/environmental justice tour inquiries, please contact Sam Turner: email@example.com
We welcome a visit to our site any day of the week except Sunday! Come play with our goats, learn about what we do, and spend time working on the farm. For general/individual volunteer inquires, please e-mail Nat Turner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Justice Tours
The tour examines the varied lenses institutional power can manifest itself from in New Orleans. Ranging from environmental to racial to economic issues, the content has been developed from years of oral history research and third person storytelling on the impact of institutional marginalization and inequity in the 9th Ward. Designed to challenge and expose existing frameworks that misinterpret the story of Hurricane Katrina, the tour poses key questions to understanding the complexities of the history and resource deprivation that invades the Lower 9th Ward community narrative. It examines the impacting factors that shape New Orleans’s economy, natural environment, and social degradation through a mutually constituting lens. The environment is impacted by the shipping and oil industry. The social fabric of the city’s most fragile communities is shredded because of the politics of disposability. And the levees lead to insight on the why, how, and where this fulcrum exists.
For an Environmental Justice Tour inquiry, please e-mail Nat Turner: email@example.com