Posts Tagged ‘environmental education’

Winter Got You Down? Think of Sunseed

SunflowersSunseed is an international community dedicated to permaculture and environmental education. The organization is UK-based and the project is in Southern Spain, working off-grid and committed to discovering new ways of living sustainably. Volunteers gather from around the world in this picturesque valley to explore new technology and science to make the world a better place. Departments pursue specific goals like technology, drylands management, eco-construction, communication and education, organic growing, and sustainable living solutions.

Short-term and long-term volunteers live, breathe, and bond over the environmental stewardship of the world, how to take personal and community responsibility, and growing solutions to scale to affect civilizations around the globe. It’s hard work but fulfilling as you work on a modern farm and living laboratory, and while it may not be glamorous, it is exciting to be part of the solution to our environmental ills, not the problem…and knowing you may be part of the next huge eco-discovery make the seat and toil more than worth it…not to mention the laughter and celebration of living and breathing community work. They’ve been going for more than three decades–maybe it’s time you join the revolution. Find out more about volunteer opportunities here.

Volunteer at the Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica

A friend was talking this morning about an upcoming trip to Costa Rica, making me green with envy. The small nation has long been at the forefront of green travel and eco-consciousness (that doesn’t mean the record is perfect–no nation’s is) and they understood environmentalism and sustainability long before most of their neighbors in either of the Americas.

One of the many facets of creating a nation that prioritizes the environment, is education. The Cloud Forest School in Monteverde has been teaching kids for 20 years how to explore the world “from the ground up.” Their mission is to nurture generations of ecologically aware, academically well-rounded, bilingual individuals. The “three Rs” are not given more importance than fostering a genuine and enduring sense of wonder. Ahhhh, if only schools in the US were more skilled at THAT. The mostly young, inspired, and energized staff (about half Costa Rican, half North American—Students, too, are culturally diverse) makes learning an adventure, and hands-on, interactive exploration in the classroom and outdoors is the methodology.

Here’s why you care (in addition to being inspired)…you can volunteer there! Visiting volunteers commit to at least 3 weeks, and “typical volunteer tasks include gardening, working on our campus reforestation projects, trail maintenance, building maintenance, assisting with Environmental Education and Land Stewardship classes, as well as any miscellaneous tasks needed on campus.  Past volunteers have also worked on computer networking, teaching music lessons, leading yoga classes, making brochures, working in our library, or helping out in our development office.” Your transportation to and from the school is provided and you’ll live with a host family, be given 3 meals per day,  and Spanish lessons twice a week. Sweet deal, currently $525 for 3 weeks (super cheap by service travel standards).